A new Dads’ group on WeChat has proved to be a much needed resource.
While there are many groups and networks for Moms, Beijing babas have had nowhere to get together and talk about the issues that matter to them — until now.
A WeChat group chat set up by beijingkids attracted over 100 members in less than 48 hours, and continues to grow. Already there have been lively discussions about school choices, crying babies, passport issues for dual nationality kids, and how to manage your offspring’s screen time. There may also have been a certain amount of conversation about whisky, sport, and fast cars…
Plans have been laid for the group to meet in real life. A barbeque has already been organized, and there is talk of drinks nights and discount cards.
The group reflects the diversity of the international community, in terms of nationality, careers, and family composition. Many commented on the fact that their partners were members of similar groups, which they found really useful, and they were pleased to find a space of their own. One dad said: “Man this is the busiest wechat group I’ve been part of in a while… Guess us guys never get a word in edgewise at home”!
Dads who want to join the group are urged to hurry. WeChat’s rules limit the size of group chats to 500 people. The rules also stipulate that to join groups with over 100 members, you need to have a mobile number and bank card linked to your WeChat account. If you’re a father living in Beijing, and want to join the group, you can contact us at beijingkids, or use this QR code: