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to dislike it when I call a friend and a child answers the phone?

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hambler Wed 15-Jul-09 00:04:39

Tonight called a friend whose very bossy 10 yo dd answered with "Hello who am I speaking to?"

She has been doing this since she was about 5 or 6.

I HATE it when kids answer the phone. It's not like the call will be for them.

It never crossed my kids' minds to pick up the phone when they were young and I would never have suggested/encouraged it.
AM I alone?

Tortington Wed 15-Jul-09 00:08:12

i think its a silly thing to get pissy about - how much fun could you have with a 10 year old answering the phone grin

think simpsons

or use the name of an actress that she simple wont know - or a singer

'hello who am i speaking to


shir;ey who



hmc Wed 15-Jul-09 00:08:59

I always get my dd to answer the phone - because I find the phone an intrusion and really can't be arsed with it. It usually rings when it's really inconvenient. Today she told the caller "Sorry, mummy is busy at the moment"...I did then relent and took the call...

Don't really care if people don't like it - perhaps then they won't phone me and will text instead (much better - doesn't require immediate response)

anothernamechangeyawn Wed 15-Jul-09 00:11:00

Oh dear. I used to hate this too. Except that now my DS is in love with the phone and it is a sprint to the finish to get there before him. It's not all bad though.

1) We only get calls from close friends and family, and if it's a call centre I don't care what they think.

2) He's not even 3 and he can hold an intelligent conversation over the phone (well, nearly).

3) We've taught him to always pass us the phone when asked, and he does.

So basically, I still don't like it, but on balance I think the sound of a child whinging because they can't hold the phone is a lot worse.

I thank God he's not like my brother, who used to answer the phone before my mum got there and then put the receiver straight down. That was before 1471 etc.

(Apologies for cryptic name - I can't be bothered to change back just now).

troutpout Wed 15-Jul-09 00:11:26

lol...i rather like the bossy 10 year old's way of answering the phone.

<<makes note to begin training up dd>>

hambler Wed 15-Jul-09 00:14:00

custardo I am not that quick but you have given me food for thought and will make up a silly name next time.

HMC how old is your daughter?

The ones that bug me are the ones that are really too young to negotiate the call.

Most kids sound rude and thick on the phone . Heck maybe that's just my social circle

TsarChasm Wed 15-Jul-09 00:18:44

Older children are ok, but little children anwering phones are annoying.

mummyfantastico Wed 15-Jul-09 00:19:02

DD1 who is 12 has probably had more phone calls on the home phone than me for the last 2 years or so and has answered the phone since she was about 4.
DD2 who is 6 gets phone calls from one of her friends.
Also, if it's family calling, they are quite happy to speak to any of us.
If it is someone who asks for me they politely ask who it it and pass the phone to me.
So I think YABU and also that it is a very odd thing to get worked up about.

hmc Wed 15-Jul-09 00:20:01

7 years old. I don't believe she sounds 'thick' on the phone, and if anybody calling me thinks that of her, it only goes to reinforce that I really, really don't want to take the call from that particular person. Works for me

hambler Wed 15-Jul-09 00:22:36

How the hell does a 5yo start to answer the phome? Why would you not tell them to leave the phone alone?

NoseyHelen Wed 15-Jul-09 00:25:46

My 9 year old nephew does this and has done since he could talk... because my sister is a lazy wotsit who would not dream of picking up her own phone. I don't think she has ever picked it up.

hmc Wed 15-Jul-09 00:25:57


mummyfantastico Wed 15-Jul-09 00:26:14

Is answering the phone so difficult? All you need to do is pick up the receiver and say "hello"

hmc Wed 15-Jul-09 00:26:38

No offence hambler but I think you are being a bit anal over this. Life is too short, surely?

anothernamechangeyawn Wed 15-Jul-09 00:28:43

Gosh, you will be shocked when I point out DS isn't 3 yet. He's only allowed to answer if we've a fair idea who it is (or if he gets there before us, which does happen and I don't see how you can stop it short of putting a trip wire in the way grin). Most of our calls are those damned recorded messages anyway.

limonchik Wed 15-Jul-09 00:28:54

Surely a 5yo is quite capable of answering a phone?

hambler Wed 15-Jul-09 00:30:30

not that anal, not a big deal, just cant sleep and wondered about what interesting topic to discuss that I had not seen done to death on mumsnet grin

hambler Wed 15-Jul-09 00:31:41

My sister has had her kids do it since they are tiny and it is a combination of her being lazy and in a bizzarre way showing off that her kids have been trained to do it hmm

BItOfFun Wed 15-Jul-09 00:31:42

Tell them it's Anita Gofradump grin

hmc Wed 15-Jul-09 00:32:03

Well, it was certainly a fresh topic, I'll give you that

hambler Wed 15-Jul-09 00:32:12

limon but why would you WANT your 5yo to answer the phone ?

anothernamechangeyawn Wed 15-Jul-09 00:32:34

It could become the next P&T spaces you know. wink

limonchik Wed 15-Jul-09 00:33:31

Maybe because you're busy doing something else?

mummyfantastico Wed 15-Jul-09 00:34:02

with mine it's not that I want them to so much as they get there first and I've never had a problem with them doing it.

limonchik Wed 15-Jul-09 00:36:21

So long as they answer it properly and pass it on, I don't see a problem.

I used to answer the phone as a small child - my parents had us say "123456 who is it please?" grin

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