New survey found that all the hours spent begging kids to put on clothes, brush teeth, and put on their shoes adds up to a whole extra work day each week.

The research by Kellogg’s including the replies of 2,000 parents concludes that all the extra shit we do every single morning to get our kids (mostly) washed, dressed, and out the door is equivalent to a day’s work at a paying job. Yup. It’s that rough out there, moms and dads.

By the end of the school year parents will have asked their kids to hurry up almost 540 times.

The average parent puts in a good 10 hours over the course of the week doing all kinds of tasks before even going to work.

They include brushing their own teeth and getting themselves dressed, helping or supervising their kids in doing the same, commuting, making breakfast, packing lunches and school bags, unloading the dishwasher.

The actual total number of average tasks a parent does each morning is 43.

“We wanted to shed light on what real mornings are like for parents before their kids go off to school,” said Jeremy Harper, Vice President of Marketing, U.S. Snacks, at Kellogg.

“As a dad myself, mornings are far from perfect. We want parents to understand it’s OK if their resolutions fall by the wayside.”

Can’t say I am surprised!  Are you?

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  • Dear god, no wonder I’m so tired!!!!


  • Nope not surprised at all! The struggle is real lol


  • Definitely not surprised they are very demanding and not always cooperative,


  • No, not surprised. Any time my youngest is at school it’s full on. She has higher needs, and I have a disability myself and no help so it’s quite hard.


  • That’s life lol !
    This morning my daughter was asking why I served breakfast so late and I said “you’ve no idea what’s happening behind the screens”


  • Uh oh! Backed up by research, there’s no hope for any of us now, haha! ????… My twins start Kindy next year & I’m already scared about mornings, their big sis takes FOREVER to get ready!


  • Can’t say I’m surprised either!


  • I’m glad there’s been a study done to prove this! I’ve always said that it’s a full time job just getting my two boys to daycare in the morning.


  • No wonder our neighbour’s budgie learnt to say “come on children hurry up and get ready for school” We minded him for 8 months when his owner went overseas for 6 months, then came home and had a heart attack and other complications. My Mum didn’t realise he had learn to say it until his owner told us and laughed about it.


  • I am only surprised that people only ask kids to hurry up 540 times.

    • I am quite surprised too – thought it would have been more!


  • I’m not surprised. Mornings continue to dismay me every school day!


  • Why am I not surprised to read this?! Oh boy it’s an effort to get everyone out the door on time with everything they need for the day!


  • Oh yes. I remember constantly reminding my daughter to hurry up. While dressing, having breakfast, brush the teeth.. Part of life. :-)


  • I knew there is a reason why I feel more tired getting my son ready then my working….lol


  • Haha don’t find that very surprising!


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