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British Mums Carry out up to 59 Tasks per Day

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent 

New research has revealed the average British mum carries out up to 59 different tasks every single school day.

The study found the average school mum leaps out of bed by 06:38am in a bid to get ahead of the daily tasks before the rest of the family wakes. Prior to the morning school run busy mums will make and serve breakfast, pack the school and work bags, apply necessary creams and medicines, remind the children to wash, put their uniform on, brush their hair and go to the loo – amongst a multitude of other essential tasks.

And for many mums, things don’t ease up following the after school run, as they then have homework and kid’s clubs to content with, as well as planning and serving up a nutritious meal for the whole family.

A spokeswoman for, which conducted the poll of 1583 School Mums, said: “The results show the huge amount of work mum puts in to making sure family life runs smoothly and the sheer number of things they get done every day will make familiar reading for many.

“As well as being the engine of the home, mums also still take the reins when it comes to the family’s meals and coming up with meal plans, recipe ideas and the ability to serve up good meals each day can be daunting so anything that can be done to help save them time is of huge benefit. Being able to serve up a meal the whole family will love, without needing to put in too much time preparing or planning can make Mum’s world a whole lot easier.”

Other tasks which feature on the average mum’s to-do list every day include putting a load of washing on, a spot of ironing, tidying the house from top to bottom, making the beds and putting out the rubbish.

The 59 Most-Common Tasks for Mothers 
1. Decide what to make for dinner
2. Cook and serve the evening meal
3. Tidy up the dishes
4. Wake the children
5. Open all the curtains
6. Wash up or pack the dishwasher
7. Tidy the house from top to bottom
8. Make and serve the breakfast
9. Make sure everyone is ready to leave the house on time
10. Do the children’s homework with them
11. Get the children ready for bed
12. Get yourself showered, washed and dressed
13. Check the children are wearing coats and have all their belongings
14. Get the children their morning milk /drink
15. Go to work
16. Do the morning school run
17. Do the afternoon school run
18. Make your own bed
19. Nag the children to do their teeth
20. Put a load of washing on
21. Lay out the school uniform / help children into the school uniform
22. Pack the children’s lunches for school
23. Tidy around
24. Play with the children
25. Fill up the water bottles
26. Nag the children to eat their dinner
27. Listen to the children read
28. Encourage the children to wash at the end of the day
29. Check the calendar for events the following day
30. Pack the children’s bags / P.E. kit for school
31. Do the children’s hair
32. Ferry the children to clubs and sports
33. Lay out all the bags and clothes for the following day
34. Read the bedtime story
35. Putting away the dishes
36. Make the children’s beds
37. Remember after school clubs
38. Pack your own work bag
39. Feed or walk the animals
40. Complete school paperwork / permission slips and remember to send in with the children
41. Pack the appropriate kits for afterschool clubs and sports
42. Put out the rubbish / recycling
43. Keep on top of the calendar for birthdays, school events, social events
44. Fill in the children’s reading records / homework books
45. Pack your own / your partner’s lunch for the day
46. Ensure the children go to the toilet before leaving the house
47. Unpack the dishwasher / put the dishes away
48. Remember school dinner money
49. Hang out the washing
50. Give the children their medicines for the day
51. Usher the children into the bath or shower before school
52. Help your children learn their spellings for the day
53. Put sun cream on before school / rain coats
54. Check you haven’t forgotten a mufti day / cakes for the school fair
55. Vacuum
56. Iron
57. Help the children practise their music / sport / words for the school play
58. Read with the children
59. Volunteer at the various clubs, school, and sports

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