Everything Parents Do To Get Their Kids Ready In The Morning Equals Out To An Extra Work Day

Mornings already suck, and things only get worse when you become a parent. You’re constantly exhausted and can hardly get yourself together. On top of turning yourself into a functioning human being, you also have to try and turn your kids functioning humans too.

Making sure the entire house gets out of bed, gets dressed, has breakfast, and does all the other little things can add up to a lot of time. In fact, one study showed it’s basically an extra workday. No wonder parents feel like they’re working overtime.

Everything Parents Do In The Morning Equals An Extra Work Day

Alfie Dingley watches a video on a tablet as his parents Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon prepare lunch at their home
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Yep, a full extra work day. A new study that surveyed 2,000 working parents showed they have to complete an average of 43 tasks in the morning. Before they can even start the normal 9-5 grind, parents put in a daunting amount of time in the morning getting their lives together.

The study estimated that all the extra morning tasks add 10 hours and 15 minutes of work to their week. That means you’re working six days a week, and being a parent on top of that.