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The average mum’s daily chores

The modern mother completes about 59 tasks - a day.

The average mum carries out 59 daily tasks according to a recent survey.

Over 1,500 UK mothers took part in the study, in which they were asked to report on their day-to-day activities.

Mums admitted to completing a range of tasks, including revising for spelling tests, signing school permission slips, washing uniforms and nagging kids to brush teeth. In many cases this was on top of working.

The study gave an interesting insight into the gender divide in the home. Nine out of 10 of the mums surveyed reported that they take the lead on child-related household tasks.

Two thirds of participants admitted feeling their partner relies too heavily on them to complete chores in the home.

Giving truth to the saying that a woman’s work is never done, on average, mums are up by 6.38am after having gone to bed at around 10.30pm the night before.

Most surveyed said they wake up before the rest of the family to get ahead on chores such as emptying the dishwasher and packing children’s lunches.

Many also admitted to forgetting things like taking food out of the freezer and medical appointments.

The survey, conducted by UK’s Red Tractor Beef and Lamb food suppliers, found nearly three-quarters on mums opt for a ready-to-eat meal at least once per week.

How many do you do? Here is the list of an average mum’s 59 daily tasks:

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 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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