Getting kids ready for school equivalent to an extra day at work: Report

An average parent with school-age kids wakes up at 6:00 in the morning to ensure they complete their check-lists, while a third of these parents wake up before 5:30 am


                            Getting kids ready for school equivalent to an extra day at work: Report

A new study showed parents waking up early and getting their children ready for school is equivalent to an extra day's work, according to reports. The research reportedly took into account the number of hours parents generally put in to finish chores and getting their children ready for school before their own working hours begin. 

The study, which assimilated data from 2,000 working parents, suggested they complete an average of 43 tasks even before they reach their office. According to the study, the daily checklist for working parents includes making breakfast and lunch for children, taking them to school, putting a wash on, ironing school clothes, defrosting food for dinner and making a to-do-list for the next day.

The study stated parents also made beds, sorted out sports kits for their children, checked their homework, fed their pets and arranged childcare and play dates, according to the Metro UK. A significant percentage of parents questioned during the study said they often felt they had done a day's work by 11 am. According to the research, an average parent with school-age kids wakes up at 6.00 in the morning to ensure they complete their check-lists, while a third of these parents wake up before 5:30 am to complete their domestic routine before they head to work, reports stated.



 

According to the survey, conducted by Kellogg's, it was found that on an average, parents put in an additional 10 hours and 15 minutes graft each week. Leading nutritionist Laura Clark said, according to her estimates, a parent's early morning work is nearly equivalent to burning more than 300 calories a day.

Clark added an estimated 42 percent of parents, as a result, tend to skip their breakfast on most days as that is not a priority for them. The research was reportedly conducted to mark the launch of the Nutri Grain snack bar. Leading psychologist Becky Spelman agreed with the research and said employers of working parents should do more to help them.



 

"We’re all feeling the stresses of modern life with the hassles of always-on culture and parental chores adding to the burden of already frazzled parents. As well as ensuring that we all keep our minds and bodies properly nourished and energized, employers offering flexible hours for working parents can be a real help when it comes to managing the work life balance," Spelman said.