Gone are the days where mothers' only platform for socialisation with other mums was the HDB void decks or run-ins at school functions.
That's what our mums did. They would catch up with each other while waiting for our school buses to bring us back home. Or at the school canteen on a meet-the-teacher day.
But thanks to new technologies (and busier lifestyles), all that has changed. Mums these days are almost in constant conversation with other mums. Most of the mums I know are in at least one WhatsApp group chat- be it with their kids' classmates’ mums, or other mothers from their child's enrichment centre.
Being part of a WhatsApp group chat of mothers of a class of children has become a common practice, whether it's been set up by a form teacher or school administrative support staff or by mothers.
Ideally, the group chats are meant to share important information regarding the child’s day in school; receiving updates and reminders about school events; as well as sharing parenting advice. Most of the time, these group chats can be a great resource and an enjoyable place to be in.
And then there are those unfortunate times where someone in the group may say something inappropriate, annoy others or embarrass themselves. This may lead to anything from mild rebukes to a no holds barred virtual slanging match, which filters into people’s real life relationships.
Don’t let this happen to you.
It doesn’t matter if you're a new mum or a seasoned member of your kid’s class WhatApp group chat, here are some etiquette rules for you to take note of. Follow these and we can assure you that your virtual world will be a happy one.