Every family answers the telephone in a different way.
This is how we answer.
We also get a lot of compliments on our children being polite, and respectful when they answer the phone.
I do not say this in a boastful way - please understand that I am not like that.
This is just an area that we have trained our children to meet a standard of being polite, and they are not allowed to answer the phone until they are able to do this.
I journal this why? Scenario:
Phone rings .... I am speaking to my children in a not -so - nice voice, the middle of a conflict, and the children hand me the phone... I go from a hearty-conflict voice, to a sweet-soft "Hello McCarthy's, How may I help you?"
THIS IS OUR TELEPHONE VOICE... Changed in an instant from frustration, maybe anger, ungodly speech.. to a "sweet, hello - how are you?" Voice.
Not so good.
So when I am training my children to use their telephone voice, it is understood, that we not ONLY answer the phone sweetly, respectfully, and politely for others to benefit,,, but we are called to remember Scripture - and our speech should exemplify this all of the time.
"Pleasant WORDS are an honeycomb... sweet to the soul, health to the bones."
May we teach our children, by example, in WORD and DEED, to use our telephone voices ALL of the time.