If you are a mother and you have children who go to school or you are simply friends with other mothers, it is likely that you are part of WhatsApp groups with the other parents in your children’s classes or your fellow mothers.
These little communities are created with the best intentions to share experiences, news from school, details about homework and other matters, but the countless messages often make keeping up with it all feel like a full-time job.
There can be entire conversations about things such as what the kids ate at school and which of them are ill and may have passed their ailments on to the others.
Before birthdays, you may find yourself discussing potential presents with smaller groups made up of the parents of your children’s close friends.
These groups are unquestionably the quickest and easiest way to keep track of important news from school – including things that do not involve your children directly – but if you have a good friend who can keep you up to date with the crucial developments, you can leave them without too many concerns.
If you don’t want to get dragged into it all too much, it is a good idea to contribute as little as possible. If you decide to “mute” groups, remember to take a look at them occasionally so that you don’t miss out on any important news.
How many groups are you in? How do you deal with all of the messages?