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this is a great time to practice the techniques in "How to Talk So Your Children Will Listen" on your mom. "So, mom, I hear you saying that you really think that making a child stand in a corner for 5 minutes is the way to deal with backtalk." That tells her you've heard her, without agreeing with her.
And remember, it takes two to argue. If she gets mad at you, say "I've given my point of view and I don't have anything more to add. What do you think about the new baseball team/the plane crash in Poland/teaching sex ed in the schools?"
She's able to push your buttons and get you to argue because she's your mom. But you can choose not to argue. Really. It's probably 80 times harder than arguing, but if you've determined that you're never going to change her mind, nod, let her have her say and change the subject. Every single time. After a year or two, she'll get bored.
"If you keep doing the same things you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten."
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