Survey Says, Parents Do So Much Getting Kids Ready for School, It’s Basically An Extra Work Day

You know all those parenting memes you see that make you chuckle for a quick second then sigh because you know how much truth there is to it?

Well, that is exactly what is about to happen here. Only it’s not a meme and it’s rather a slap of reality in what it’s like to be a parent.

In a recent survey conducted by Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain, yes, the breakfast bar, surveyed more than 2,000 moms and dads about their morning routines and school year resolutions to find out what the back-to-school morning hustle is really like.

What they found was that parents do so much getting their kids ready for school each day, it’s equivalent to an extra work day!

Um, DUH!

This is why we’ve been saying for years being a “parent” should be a paid profession!

“We wanted to shed light on what real mornings are like for parents before their kids go off to school. As a dad myself, mornings are far from perfect. We want parents to understand it’s OK if their resolutions fall by the wayside. Nutri-Grain can help with those crazy, time-compressed mornings and give you the energy to handle unexpected challenges.” – Jeremy Harper, Vice President of Marketing, U.S. Snacks, at Kellogg (Source)

Additional findings from the survey include:

  • 84% of parents make resolutions for the academic year ahead.
  • 63% of parents break those resolutions, citing lack of energy to keep up.
  • The biggest challenge parents face in the morning? Getting kids out the door on time.
  • Many parents do personal grooming on their way to work because of lack of time in the morning. 43% of women put on their makeup during the morning commute and 52% of men shave!
  • Parents need to remind their kids at least twice in the morning to get dressed, brush their teeth, or put on their shoes.
  • By the end of the school year, parents will have asked their kids to hurry up almost 540 times.
  • In an average school week, kids spill on their clothes twice while getting ready for the day ahead.
  • More than half of parents resort to bribing their children to keep resolutions on track, offering time with electronics (39%), a new toy or game (38%), or extra time watching TV (33%) as a reward.
  • On average, parents skip around two breakfasts a week because their children make them late, even though 8 in 10 parents think breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

It all makes sense. Parenting is a tough job and now there is even more research behind it to prove it!

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