Getting Children Ready for School Is Like Working an Extra Day

Parents apparently work the equivalent of an extra day every week due to the numerous morning chores, which include getting children ready for school, a new study concluded.

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The study, done with the help of interviews of 2000 working parents, points out that parents do an average of 43 tasks prior to getting to their workplace.

Their daily chores in the morning include preparing breakfast and lunch for the kids, taking them to school, ironing their clothes, putting a wash on, making a to-do list for the next days, and so many more.

The study was conducted by the cereal company Kellogg.

Parents Work an Extra Day Because They Prepare Kids for School Every Day

In the study, most parents said that they often feel like they’ve done a whole day’s work by 11 am. Their spokesman said that it’s a wake-and-work case for parents in Britain.

It’s like they’re working an extra day (approximately 10 hours and 15 minutes) every week in addition to their 9-to-5 jobs. 

An average working parent usually gets up around 6 am and comes home 12 hours later, according to the study.

This study was published to mark the launch of the new snack bar named Nutri Grain.

Parents Burn More Calories by Helping Their Kids Prepare for School

Laura Clark, a leading nutritionist, estimates that a parent’s early morning chores equal a 300-calorie burn on a daily basis.

What’s more, Clark notes that an estimated 42 percent of parents skip breakfast due to it not being a priority on their to-do list. 

Most of them begin their jobs at 8:30 or 9 am; however, their morning definitely starts earlier. They finish most tasks between 7 and 8 am. 

Dr. Becky Spelman notes that employers need to do more and help parents who work for them. No one is immune to the stress of daily life, let alone the numerous parental obligations. This increases the burden that families have to deal with. 

Dr. Spelman adds that employers need to provide flexible hours for working hours and do their best to help their working force maintain optimal physical and mental health. This can be of aid in the maintenance of a work-life balance.

If you’re a parent, do you agree or disagree with this study’s findings?

Sources:

MIRROR UK

METRO UK