Mums have to juggle twice as many tasks as business owners, directors and decision makers during the breakfast rush according to some new research. I hope they weren’t surprised by those findings as I’m sure this research doesn’t surprise us mums! I teach Sociology and we have a whole sociological concept based on this. Women do a ‘triple shift’ or have a ‘dual burden’, mums multi task we manage paid work, childcare and housework.
It is not always easy but it has to be done. Some mornings it is organised chaos but we do generally run to time! So what does a typical working day breakfast rush look like in our house?
6.15 The alarm assaults us from the land of slumber. I always feel that I haven’t been asleep long enough.
6.25Dragging myself up and getting myself ready before tackling the children, who often don’t want to co-operate with me!
6.45 Wake up Dyl, giving him a five minute warning, Lee helps cajole him to get up. If there has been a footie match he doesn’t get told the score until his feet are firmly on the floor.
6.50 Lee is out the door!
7.00 Keep checking on Dyl to make sure he is up and moving! Wake Erin and get her washed and dressed. Normally involves a ‘I’m not wearing that dress’ conversation. I surreptitiously limit her choices to speed up time. ‘Ok sweetheart, you choose this dress or that one’
7.10 Downstairs, gulping the coffee Lee made for me and get school bags packed up – lunchboxes have been made the night before to save time.
7.15 Help Dyl sort out his breakfast. Erin has hers at nursery but still wants a little breakfast at home. I wake Chloe who starts hobbling around the house and needs help getting downstairs, carrying her bag, fetching her breakfast – pre broken ankle she obviously did all this this. Send Dyl upstairs to wash his face and clean his teeth.
7.25 Wash up the brekkie dishes, again this is usually Chloe’s job but at the moment it has fallen to me again. Dyl loads up the car with his school bag, Erin’s nursery bag, my bag full of marking and finally my laptop.
7.35 Coats and shoes on for Erin and Dyl and into the car to be dropped off at childminders and nursery respectively.
7.45 Drop Dylan
8.00 Drop Erin
8.20 Arrive at school for a day of teaching.
Warburtons who commissioned the research, found over a 1/4 of mums claim the breakfast rush is more stressful than a parents evening! Over half of mums also claimed that they have to provide different breakfasts for different family members. I agree with that totally – I have got something really wrong somewhere as I also make different evening meals! This obviously is crazy and I need to do something about it.
How do we survive the rush then? Everyone has a job to do, from Lee making me that all important first cup of coffee, to Chloe washing up and Dyl loading the car we work the morning as a team and we manage it!
Most days the children have cereals followed by a bread based snack. It ranges from croissants, waffles and toasties. One of their quick, filling breakfasts is a baked bean toastie. Chloe likes a slice of cheese in hers also! Erin favours a crumpet – and for a three year old this is much cleaner option!
Disclosure: Warburtons sent me a lovely breakfast hamper to enjoy with the family.
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