READY, SET, GO: Katy Rule of Yamanto – with her kids Olivia, 3, and Harrison, 5 – is on the go from 5.30am each day.
READY, SET, GO: Katy Rule of Yamanto – with her kids Olivia, 3, and Harrison, 5 – is on the go from 5.30am each day. David Nielsen

Busy day? Mums have 26 tasks to remember

WHEN the alarm goes off at 5.30am, Katy Rule can't afford to hit the "snooze" button.

She has less than three hours to make her way through a long checklist of tasks before she leaves for work.

It can be an exhausting and stressful way to start the day, but the 31-year-old accepts it as being what she signed up for when she became a parent.

Mrs Rule, who works part-time as a dental assistant, said organisation was the key to getting her two little ones - Olivia, 3, and Harrison, 5 - ready.

"In the morning I am often preparing dinner for that night as well," Mrs Rule said.

"It can get difficult, especially if one of my kids decides to throw a tantrum 20 minutes before we have to leave.

"But after doing this for five years, it's become a pretty regular routine."

Her advice came after a new study was released that claimed the average mother carried out 26 tasks each morning.

The mummy to-do list included basic tasks from dressing children to making breakfast.

In total, it was estimated that most mums dedicated six hours and 45 minutes a day to taking care of their families.

Of the 2000 mums surveyed, 80% said they found it difficult to remember everything they needed to get done each day.

But perhaps the most surprising statistic was that 80% also said there had been instances where they had forgotten to pick up their child from school.

Mrs Rule, who has a third child "on the way", said she didn't know how a parent could forget something like that.

She also said that even though her husband did shiftwork, he was always willing to help with the duties when he could.

Stay-at-home dad, Rob Gray, wondered why the study was so biased towards mothers.

The 42-year-old said, as a father, his day was packed with non-stop duties at home, from cleaning the house to home-schooling his two children.

"I cop it from a lot of people when they discover I am a stay-at- home dad," he said.

"They think I need to go out and get a job.

"But my duties at home are full on. I start work, baking bread at 6.30am and don't stop till I am washing up after dinner at 7.30pm," he said.



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