Jesus. I'm about to go mental. I've got a couple of family members who take it upon themselves to give me a headache by pushing me into a 2 or even 3 hour phone conversation.
I've tried the:
"I have to go now" - But the person keeps yapping on about shit, ignorant to what I've said.
"I've only got 10 mins to talk" - But they just ignore and get into a full fledged mindless conversation instead of using the phone call to actually accomplish something (like get an answer to a question, perhaps).
"I've got to put the kids some food now/change the baby's diaper" - But their response is "I'll wait until your done" and they. stay. on. the. line. There is no getting rid of them.
I've come to not answer the phone in the day time now. It's been ringing out on and off all day and I can't tell if it's a goddamn emergency or just another desperate annoying phone call from the talkative twins. Odds are it's another annoying phone call as they will keep calling and calling until I pick up (doesn't matter if the answering machine catches the call). This scenario is shitting me to no end and I struggle with setting boundaries with these two particular people because they just don't get it. I've tried to give hints (several in fact) that I really cannot do these phone calls anymore, but it's not getting anywhere. They know I've got little ones, are homeschooling and that my time is taken up as is, but they don't seem to care really. They do say/acknowledge that they know I'm busy and my time is precious, but they just miss me and want to "talk".
How do you deal with people like this? My only solution right now is to pick up the phone and scream out "What in the &*^! do you want from me????" the next time it rings.