Working mums and dad spend a whole extra day a week just getting the kids ready for school

From making lunches and clearing up, to dressing the kids and arranging childcare, the endless tasks add on a whole extra day of work on top of an already busy week.

A new study of 2,000 working parents found morning chores take around 10 hours 15 mins a week – longer than most people spend at work in an average day.

The research, carried out by Kellogg’s, found families with school-age children typically began their day at 6.01am – with some early risers getting started at 5.30am.

This allowed parents at least two hours to get their homes in order before heading off to the office.

The list of 43 commonly carried out morning chores included tidying the house, doing a round of laundry, last minute homework completion and getting the kids ready for after-school clubs.

Around 90 per cent of parents claimed they felt like they had done a whole extra day of work before the clock struck 11am.

In comparison to life before kids, many claimed they had a relatively easy morning with just ten tasks on their morning to do list.

With such a chaotic start to the day, parents are often skipping breakfast in order to save some valuable morning minutes.


Studies have found that around 42 per cent of mums and dads are starting their day on an empty stomach as eating is being pushed further down their list of priorities.

And with many mums and dads staying in the office until at least 6pm, there are fewer hours in the day for quality family time.

Leading psychologist Dr Becky Spelman claims that flexible working hours are the best way for parents to maintain a work-life balance.

She said: “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 energised, employers offering flexible hours for working parents can be a real help when it comes to managing the work life balance.”

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