Bring on the organiser, the 'alright hon?' brigade and the wind-up merchant...
Try as we might, we’re always one degree of separation from a classic school mum stereotype.
While we’re all-too familiar the twelve types of mum you always see around the school gates, most mums have a new line of battle to contend with: what are the mum tribes that dominate WhatsApp?
In a bid to decode the mums dominating the Whatsapp schooling thread, one MumsNet user broke the parents down into 10 hilarious categories – and it’s taken the internet by storm.
Dare you read below and see where you fit on the list?
1. The health-scare mum
Believes their kid is suffering from twelve different health conditions at all times. Slathers anti-bacterial gel on phone screen before use.
Spot them saying: “What does this rash look like to you? The doctors say it’s nothing but I just want to make sure after the chickenpox scare in year two”
2. The ‘alright hon?’ brigade
These Whatsappers share anything and everything they find on the internet in the group, with #nofilter.
Spot them saying: “That’s amazing babe”
3. The informer
Acts like the mouthpiece for school information. Doesn’t believe you have the power to read your own email account to find out this information yourself.
Spot them saying: “🚨 BAKE SALE ON FRIDAY! All contributions welcome – see email for more details! 🚨”
4. “What’s for lunch?”
Never, ever reads the school’s menu for the day, and cutely requests the intel off others in spite of the fact it’s been the same for the past 18 weeks their child has been at school.
Spot them saying: “Was it chicken nuggets on Thursday LOL little Terry loves them”
5. School can do no wrong
This teacher’s pet has never quite recovered from being the school’s brown-noser, and defends them at every possible opportunity.
Spot them saying: “I think we all have to rally together – if Mr Hickerby says they need to wear ties, I’m sure he’s made that decision logically”
6. Cynical mum
Has done the school days too many times before to get worked up about it.
Spot them saying: “As long as they arrive in one piece what’s the fuss?”
7. On it all day mum
Is far too familiar with the WhatsApp ‘reply’ button, and clogs the thread with pointless responses. Is it close quarters with the alright hon brigade.
Spot them saying: “LOL! Ha! Babe!”
8. The misreader
Seeks clarification on every.single.post.
Spot them saying: “So PE is Thursday at 10 rather than Tuesday at 11? Idgi”
9. The over-teller
Qualifies every post with an inane string of facts about her schedule and other innocuous parts of her famiy life.
Spot them saying: “I would but little Gerry’s psoriasis is playing up let me send you a pic”
10. The wind-up merchant
The legends of the group, who can give or take the thread with a healthy pinch of salt.
Spot them saying: “Babe this makes like zero sense lol”