Guest blog by Hannah Foord :: Nova news breakfast reader

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They say children are the biggest time wasters.

I agree.

There are moments of absolute magic with my boys, when I desperately want to stop the clock.

But others.. like say the often diabolical dinner, bath and bed time, I’m furiously searching for the fast forward button.

I know I’m exhausted at the end of the day and in between those serene seconds, when Max grabs my face and tells me I’m his number one blue engine or Ted buries his tiny perfect head into my chest as he falls asleep, I often have NO IDEA what I actually do.

I do know I feel like I’ve run a marathon and am covered in mostly unexplained stains.

So I have decided to crunch the numbers and I’m shocked…

That is A LOT of time doing Mum stuff.

I’d love to hear the tally of other Mums, before collecting us all for a group hug and a champagne.

THE MAJOR TIME CONTRIBUTORS:

mum stuff

CHANGED A NAPPY ::  7 times at 5 minutes… 35mins

PLAYED “BAD GUYS” :: 2 times at 25 minutes.. 50mins

WASHED  A BOTTLE :: 12 times… 12mins

RETRIEVED PUREED COVERED TOY THROWN OFF HIGHCHAIR :: 18 times.. 18 minutes

PUT BABY TO BED, SETTLED/RE-SETTELD :: 6 times at 20 minutes…2 hours

TIDIED LOUNGEROOM & KITCHEN :: 4 times at 20 minutes…1 hr and 20 mins

DRESSED/UNDRESSED CHILDREN :: 8 times at 10 minutes…2 hrs and 40 mins (woooahh)

CALMED TODDLER TANTRUM :: 3 times at 20 minutes (if im lucky )….1 hour

WASHING RELATED CHORES :: 5 times… at about 10 minutes.. 50mins total.

That’s a total of 8 HOURS and 45 minutes a day! And people wonder why I don’t have any time for myself!?

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Hannah x

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