When you are a mum, speaking on the telephone is not the easiest thing, certainly not whilst the children are awake that is.
You can message and email whilst doing things with children, but I find it almost impossible to talk to anyone on the phone during this time… I hope I’m not the only one who struggles with this.
I also find that increasingly people want to talk on the phone. So, you will be asked to call to make an appointment, ask a question, cancel something, order something or talk something through and all between 9-5.
I know some people prefer this form of communication but practically there is not much that can’t be achieved via an email, message or online chat. Some of the reasons I hate the telephone are:
- The children will always want to know who you are talking to and will pester you until you tell them
- Toddlers will literally wrestle you for the phone, cut whoever it is off, and then ring a Chinese mobile or on the phone
- At least one child will require you for an urgent task during the phone call, perhaps a very loud request for their bottom to be wiped, or something similar
- Someone will always fall off the trampoline, the monkey bars or trap someone else’s fingers in something whilst you are on the telephone
- The person on the other end of the telephone will not understand why you are struggling to have a coherent conversation or why you need them to repeat what they have said several times
- The phone will always ring at the most challenging part of the day, somewhere between dinner, bath or bed time and answering it is a colossal mistake as it will disrupt any form of routine you may have
- Even with the volume up to maximum you struggle to hear much of the phone call as you will always be competing with the children, the extractor fan, the noise of the bath running, the television or possibly all of the above!
- If the phone rings when you are driving, and you are hands free with the sound coming through the car speakers, the whole car can ‘contribute’ to the conversation – don’t do it to yourself!
Is it me?