Giving your mom a job is all well and good, but you might also have a pretty sizable list of tasks you'd rather she not touch with a 10-foot pole. So take a deep breath and be honest about it -- but watch your phrasing. "Mindy is going dress shopping with me tomorrow. Why don't we hit the caterers next week?" will go over a whole lot better than, "I don't want you to come dress shopping." If she's not getting the hint though, you'll have to be direct with her. Just remember our first tip of being respectful.