If you feel like you spend most of your days telling your kids to 'hurry up' it's because you actually are. While it will come as no shock to absolutely anyone, it seems that by the end of the school year the average parent will have asked their child to please hurry up on average 540 times! Not only are parents spending an extra 10 hours a week just trying to get their kids ready for school each week but they're also spending a lot of that time trying to get their kids to simply get moving!
The survey was conducted by Nutri-Grain, the company that brings you those tasty granola bars parents are often throwing at their kids as they are yelling at them to hurry up because they're something quick they can eat while they're running out the door to make it to school on time. Nutri-Grain asked more than 2000 parents, both moms, and dads, about their morning routines and new school year resolutions and the results, while not surprising to most parents, are eye-opening.
The survey showed that a whopping 84% of parents make resolutions before each school year, but 63% of them quickly break those resolution saying they simply don't have the energy to keep them! Any parent who has ever vowed to make lunches at night, lay out school clothes in the evening or attempt to meal plan breakfast can probably agree with this one! It also found that keeping the morning schedule and getting the kids out the door on time was the biggest hurdle parents face on a daily basis, hence the 540 'hurry ups!'
Thanks to having to work to get the kids ready, fed and out the door, Nutri-Grain found that parents themselves are skipping breakfast on average twice a week even though 80% of parents think it's the most important meal of the day.
“We wanted to shed light on what real mornings are like for parents before their kids go off to school,” said Jeremy Harper, Vice President of Marketing, U.S. Snacks, at Kellogg. “As a dad myself, mornings are far from perfect. We want parents to understand it’s OK if their resolutions fall by the wayside. Nutri-Grain can help with those crazy, time-compressed mornings and give you the energy to handle unexpected challenges.”
The survey even showed that more than half of parents asked weren't afraid to bribe their children to keep them on track, offering screen time, new toys or games or extra TV time as their reward. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
Whether you're a fan of Nutri-Grain bars or not or if you find yourself grabbing something (anything) quick as you run out the door because your child did not, in fact, hurry up, it's comforting to see that most parents face the same challenges with their kids each morning. The struggle to get out of the house on time every morning is real and while telling kids to 'hurry up' may not, in fact, make them move any quicker, it tends to make parents feel better!