I remember running to answer the phone, practically tackling my siblings to get there first. Those days are long gone because most kids have their own phones. They don't make many calls with those phones, though. Most of their communication is through texting, social media, and video chats. Because of that, many young people have not learned the art of telephone etiquette. Or, in other words, they are not skilled at answering calls, carrying on conversations on the phone, or taking proper telephone messages.
In this episode, we tell a hilarious story about one of our kids whose lack of phone manners got our family into a highly embarrassing situation.
We also dive into the ins and outs of telephone etiquette, why it is a vital skill, and how to teach it to kids.
CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:
For younger kids: Help your child memorize your phone number and practice calling it. Then, call them and have them practice answering.
For older kids/teens: Have your child call a place of business and ask a question using the principles we discuss in this episode.
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