09/09/2014 15:53 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Average Mum Juggles 42 Tasks A Day


Hardworking mums zip thorough a whopping 42 tasks on an average day - and half of these daily tasks are done before 9am!

It's no wonder that mums named September the most dreaded month of the year. Getting into the 'back to school' swing can take some adjusting after six weeks of (relative) relaxation.

Household chores on the average mum's agenda include cooking, washing, tidying up after the kids, making packed lunches, and helping with homework. Sound familiar?

Mealtimes are a particular source of stress, with the average mum responsible for two family meals per day and spending 14 hours a week planning and preparing lunches and dinners which cater to fussy eaters and conflicting family schedules.

All of these responsibilities take their toll on stress levels. An overwhelming 84 percent of mothers admitted to researchers that they struggle to keep up with their daily to-do list, with many reporting that they find themselves lagging behind after the kids have gone to bed.

The survey was conducted on behalf of food manufacturer Birds Eye.
Check out the top 10 daily chores reported by mums below:

1. Get breakfast ready
2. Put a load of washing on
3. Make the evening meal
4. Plan the evening meal
5. Pack away the breakfast items
6. Get the kids out of bed
7. Wash up
8. Pack things away after the evening meal
9. Hang up a load of washing
10. Hoover

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