Thursday, May 8th, 2008
Parent Fight: Toddlers on Answering Machines
Happy early Mother’s Day. My wife has the soapbox today. Here is her hot button issue. (Click through to read…)
“Three of my closest friends have their child or children speaking their answering machine message.
The first time you hear a designer message, it’s amusing. After a few times, you long for the traditional, “Thanks for calling. We will return your call at the earliest convenience. Please speak at the beep.”
At a certain age, all kids are fascinated by phones. They want to dial them and speak to whoever will listen. I’ve had my fair share of toddler phone confabs. This is fine. Certainly it is hilarious listening to our Little Miss converse with her “colleagues.” But these instances are limited to family friends.
The answering machine is a different story. Anyone may call, not just your parental friends or family. I hesitate to say it (I haven’t even told my friends this, though some of them read Thingamababy, tee hee!), but I dislike children speaking on outgoing messages.
At what point do parents start thinking this is cute? At what point do they realize it’s annoying?
The kids’ words are often slurred. They talk too slow or too fast.
And if you’re the least bit concerned about stranger abduction, you’ve just revealed you #1 have a child, #2 provided the gender of the child, and #3 supplied the child’s name. Your home address is a mere hop, skip and jump away.
If you’re going to do it, you need to script out what they should say, and be sure it’s clear and concise enough to finish in 10 seconds.
My husband works from home, so for business purposes we will never go down this road. I’m betting every parent who doesn’t have their kids on their answering machine agrees with me.”
So what does ol’ AJ think? Okay, I suckered her into saying the “every parent will agree” claim. You’d think after reading the blog for a couple years that she’d know better.
I’m lukewarm on the issue. I could care less what you do on your answering machine so long as your name is clearly stated and I don’t have to take a pee break while waiting for the message to end.
How about you?