A friend is trying to decide which number they should teach their kindergartner: the landline, mommy’s cell phone or daddy’s cell phone?
Even just six years ago when my oldest was 4 people were still teaching the landline numbers. Rose and all her preschool friends diligently learned their home phone numbers.
When we took a trip to Hawaii later that summer, we realized that the landline didn’t do a whole lot for you if your child got lost out of town. Or lost in general – if you’re with them at a park or lake calling home won’t do the authorities any good. I ended up making the kids wear lanyards when we went sightseeing with our names, cell phone and the hotel we were staying in written on a card.
Despite that lesson, we taught Walsh the home phone number as well, and then we moved. As we drove across country I worked on teaching the kids my cell phone number. And that’s the number Lilina will learn this year.
It’s clear for my kids to learn mom’s cell number because I’m the parent most likely to be around or get them in an emergency. But for parents who both work or are at home equally which one would you teach?
The future may offer a different solution — something like a Google Voice phone number where that number will reach your landline or cell phone. It’s a phone management system that gives you one number for all your phones. I have one friend that has a Google number and when I call him, it just rings wherever he happens to be. (I can’t tell from the website if Google charges for the number.)
Google Voice isn’t a phone service, but it lets you manage all of your phones. It works with mobile phones, desk phones, work phones, and VoIP lines. There’s nothing to download, upload, or install, and you don’t have to make or take calls using a computer.
Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones — a phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location. Use it to simplify the way you use phones, make using voicemail as easy as email, customize your callers’ experience, and more.
Google Voice lets you define which phones ring, based on who’s calling, and even let you listen to a voicemail before answering the call. We use smart technology to route your calls. So, if you’re already on a Google Voice call, we’ll recognize it and use call waiting to reach you on the phone you’re on.
So which number did you teach five or 10 years ago? Which number would you teach now? How do you choose which cell phone to teach? What about the Google Voice? Is that a solution you would look into? Have you used it? Does it work well? Does it cost money?