The parenting group in your pocket

The parenting group in your pocket

WhatsApp groups may drive many crazy, but they are the closest thing parents have to a virtual village, writes Jessie Collins

If there’s a marker of modern Western parenting – other than the pursuit of perfection – it has to be isolation. We often live further away from our immediate family. Being displaced to different parts of the city is the new norm, while if you get to stay in the city you may consider yourself lucky. It can be another part of the country, or the world altogether. And, as many parents will tell you, even a 30- or 40-minute journey can feel like a million miles when you’ve got small kids.

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