Outside the window, autumn. Children miss their desks, and parents do not find a place for themselves – school chores are in full swing. And when everything is bought and planned, the mugs are selected and paid for, it seems that you can exhale. But it was not there. The Parents’ Committee has no time for rest! School life is in full swing in telephone messengers 24/7. There is a parent chat, the pain of a parent in the 21st century.
Reading the correspondence between the parents of schoolchildren, you understand that the school years are wonderful, not wonderful at all. “We are throwing off the curtains!”, “Your Masha called my Dasha a toad”, “Christ has risen, the work will be tomorrow?”, “Truly has risen, the Trudovik is sick”, “Do you feel sorry for the money for the child?” – the phone doesn’t stop every day.
We express our sympathy to all the parents of schoolchildren who have been drawn into school chats. And especially for mothers with many children, who have at least two platforms for communication for each kindergarten, class and circle: obligatory with a leader (teacher, educator) and a chatter where urgent matters are discussed.
Today we will tell you how to escape from the stormy flow of messages in messengers, keep abreast of events and not lose your mind. (Spoiler alert: you can survive without parental chats, you won’t miss anything.)
The average mother with three children has an average of 10-12 chats on her phone. Every day, everyone discusses “important matters.” If you keep track of the meaning of the next correspondence, participate, respond, react – there is a risk that mom will be left without personal time.
The communication features of the parents of schoolchildren boil down to the discussion of three main topics: money (for what, where and to whom to donate), schedule and homework (perhaps the only useful topic), meaningless congratulations.
Let’s start with the hardest part – the structure of the parent chat and its hierarchy. All parents are divided into three types: activists, brawlers, and observers. Most often, the activists are the untouchable caste – the parent committee. Or non-working mothers-hens, for whom it is important to feel their own social significance.
They are online around the clock, they always know which shirt you need to go to school, which of the teachers is sick and how much the school funds are now. Activists have their own informants everywhere. Faster than the Ministry of Emergency Situations, they warn about the change in weather conditions, they know from an attorney source where the black nine is driving, kidnapping children. From activists you will learn not only about state or church holidays, but also about the Days of Friends and Cats.
The highest activity of this group of parents occurs in the evening, after 22:00. The children are asleep, the dishes are washed, and you can talk. If you go to bed before this time, get ready for the morning surprise: “You have 550 unread messages!
Brawlers never delve into the discussion of homework, but they zealously enter into verbal battles, defending their opinion. They are divided into two subgroups: decent and obnoxious.
Decent brawlers never give money anywhere. They know the legislation better than lawyers and, in general, “it’s enough to squeeze money out of parents.” If they donate money for curtains and gifts, they will always demand checks and reports on every penny spent.
Obnoxious brawlers terrorize each other for the intrigues of classmates over their children, threaten other parents of relatives in the prosecutor’s office and promise to find justice for an unwanted participant in the educational process. They are like Baba Yaga – they are always against.
Most parents are considered observers. As a rule, these are 99% of dads and single persistent mothers who have more than two school-age children. Dads simply don’t care if they happened to be in the school chat by accident or hadn’t even gotten out of it yet. And mothers, taught by the bitter experience of past years, try not to delve into what is happening.
Observers rarely read messages and even less often ask homework. Don’t stoop to discussing shirts, excursions and gifts. They prefer to solve the issues of concern to them in reality.
From the above information, you can form a life hack on how to behave in a school chat. It is one and radical: unsubscribe, turn off and delete. This is the only and most effective way not to litter your life with useless information.
Tell the parent committee that you are not and will not be in the chat. Therefore, you need to provide the necessary information regarding changes in the schedule, excursions and congratulations in a different way. How – choose at your discretion.
As a rule, the same information will be reported to you more than once at a real parent meeting or written in a regular diary. Everything related to money collection (for gifts, the needs of the class, notebooks) – in any case, you will find out about them without any chats.
Use your resources rationally and turn off notifications without a doubt! Click “Exit and delete” if you do not plan to actively participate in school life. And if you managed to enroll in the parent committee, we sympathize with the entire editorial board. You will have strength and patience to survive this academic year and wait in good health for re-election in the next one!