Smith residence, Sally speaking!
April 26, 2010 9:39 PM Subscribe
How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines?
posted by Eyebrows McGee to human relations (22 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I was wondering about this the other day, as fewer of my friends have landlines and more have cell phones only, where cell numbers are tethered to particular PERSON, not a family unit. How do you teach children phone etiquette, since, "Smith residence, Sally speaking" is no longer applicable? When do you let them use/answer your phone? When do they get their own? How do they set up playdates with friends when they're 5? when they're 10? when they're 12? What IS the etiquette, particularly in the family where both adults have cells and there's no landline? Is it always mom's phone that gets the call? (Assuming a heteronormative household; also interested to hear in two-mom or two-dad households, of course!) Does mom make the dates and junior just doesn't until he's old enough for his own phone?
I'm interested in both cell-only households and cell-landline hybrids.