Last night the phone rang for Sonny Boy. This is really kind of a rare phenomenon, he doesn't get too many calls. On the other end was a boy he knows from both wrestling and scouts inviting him to a sleepover tonight. I discussed details with his dad and gave permission and handed the phone back to Sonny Boy. Hubby hearing the other end of the conversation said it was nothing but monosyllables and very brief. No wonder he doesn't get phone calls.
I wonder though, Hubby and I are not really phone people, I don't chat on the phone with friends or family much at all. Hubby does occasionally with his mother,and would spend hours on the phone with his chatty father when he was alive, but in reality we are not social phone people.
Is this because of the rise in email /text. I know often now things that would have required a phone call 15 years ago I'll send a text/email for, particularly when making plans for things such as outings or volunteer business. I'm wondering if not modeling phone behavior we have stunted him? It just seems like something a bright 12 year old would do naturally. I expressed this theory to Hubby who quickly pointed out that Igor gets it, and he does. Igor has a friend who he talks to every few days on the phone and it's a conversation-albeit a 9 year old boy conversation of goofiness- but a real conversation.
I suppose it's just something that doesn't happen with him naturally, I guess he won't be a salesman when he grows up. I do think a little more direction in the etiquette department though is necessary.