One type of folks I am really, really annoyed with are the mothers talking about their first kids in their first years after birth. They virtually cannot talk about anything except their children.
After having observed this dreadful pattern for many unrelated moms for several years, I am wondering whether it is possible for them to speak normally and not about when their child learned to recognize the family members, to say the first word, to go to the john itself, or to start playing with the other kids. Such crazy talks of these moms are as automatic as machine guns; the moms are unstoppable and uninterruptible, physically unable to finish under half an hour. (My cousine is a prime example: she talks and I silently listen.) If you gather several moms in one room, you are guaranteed to keep them busy for the whole day unless they, well, need to take care of their kids.
In other words, is it possible to get anything unrelated to their child from them upon asking a simple "Hey Nancy! How are you doing?" or is it better not to ask them anything at all?
My interpersonal goal is to improve my communication skills in this matter by getting out of a conversation I dislike or changing the topic quickly.