Survey proves it: Getting the kids ready every morning is the same as doing ONE EXTRA day's work!
You do at LEAST 43 tasks before 9am!
By Frances Sheen
May 16 2019
Do you feel like you’ve worked a full day BEFORE 9am?
Well, a new survey has proved that all the unpaid labour you do before that time, would actually equate to working an entire EXTRA working day, per week.
The study was conducted by Kellogg's and based on answers from 2000 working parents.
The research found that, the average parent conducts from around 43 tasks before 9am.
These include making everyone breakfast, looking for lost shoes/socks/bags/teddies/clothes/undies, getting kids to brush their teeth, packing lunches, getting them dressed, brushing hair, preparing bags, getting them to school or day care or getting them organised for their day, AND dealing with any meltdowns!
All of this work adds up (and bear in mind NONE of it includes the things a parent has to do for themselves).
The study found that to get all of this done, the average parent gets up at 6:01am, with 1/3 admitting to getting up as early as 5:30am.
According to the study, most parents felt like they had done a day's work before 11am – which, quite frankly is no surprise to any parent anywhere.
This busy routine adds up day by day and ends up equating to an extra 10 hours and 15 minutes of work a week - that's more than a day in the office.
What’s worse is that NONE of this takes into account the tasks parents have to do for their kids after school and at the weekend, which would probably be another week of work on top!
A spokesperson for Kellogg's said: "It's clearly a case of wake and work for parents who are packing in a whole additional working day every week on top of their 9-5 jobs."
At least it’s not just us then!