Seriously, if one more person calls my house and just says “Where’s (someone that lives in my house)?”, I am going to scream. Or, “Is (whoever) there?” which is not exactly impolite, but it just drives me nuts. I’d like to say, “Yes.” and nothing else.
I am HUUUUUGE on phone manners. I start young with letting my kids call Grandma and Papaw and telling them to ask for the person who doesn’t answer the phone. “May I please speak to Papaw?” is what I teach them to ask. I also talk to them about what to say if they dial the wrong number: “I’m sorry, I must have dialed the wrong number, goodbye” instead of “Wrong number” (click) which I also hate.
When they learn to read and write, it’s time to start letting them answer the phone, starting with people we know (Thank you, God, for caller ID) and then when they have the hang of that, letting them answer numbers they don’t know. I make sure to always keep a pen and paper by the phone and tell them to say, “Mr. Ivy isn’t available, may I take a message?”
One good way to practice is with play phones or even with walkie talkies. And don’t forget to teach them to say “Goodbye” to end the call. It drives me nuts when people don’t say goodbye and just hang up. I’ve been known to call people back just to say goodbye when my cell phone drops the call. I just can’t handle not saying goodbye. I know. OCD.
So, Home Eccers, what are your phone etiquette pet peeves?