mums at breaking point at end of school day
From the school pick up, to the after-school taxi service to clubs and
sports, to the dinner rush - how do they manage?
Every day, millions of mums around the country head to the school gates
straight from work or a day of numerous chores and tasks at home to pick
up their little darlings, but while they may have been up since six and
working hard all day, it’s more than likely that the hardest part of
their day starts after 3pm.
By the time mum’s taxi service turns into mum’s
café – full of picky and demanding customers – mums have been at the
beck and call of their kids for hours.
And a new study shows that it reaches fever-pitch during
dinner time with nearly half of all parents saying they spend anywhere
between half an hour and an hour preparing meals for their children.
One in five parents say they have to make a completely
separate meal for their children as an alternative to the main family
meal twice a week on average, as they contend with fussy little eaters
who often refuse point blank to eat what the rest of the family is
In fact, parents say their kids and now getting so
demanding about what they eat that 40% of those surveyed by Philips
believe their children would be more critical of the meals they cook
than a celebrity chef or food critic.
So what’s the solution for parents desperate to make
dinner time an enjoyable part of the day, instead of the most stressful
part of it?
Listen to our
podcast with Beverley Glock – food writer and TV cook, discussing her
tips from a cooking perspective when it comes to cutting down on cooking
time and different meal preparation.
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