Do you feel you need more than one pair of hands? You’re not alone! A study of 2,000 mums and dads found many will act as a cleaner, teacher, chef, taxi driver, doctor and even a negotiator on a daily basis.
Parents will carry out seven different ‘jobs’ for their children before 9am, and another seven during the rest of the morning. They will also fulfil nine roles between lunchtime and the end of the day.
More than six in 10 act as a taxi driver, ferrying their children to school, clubs and friends’ houses 10 times each week. And the teacher hat is put on for three hours each week as they help their children complete their homework.
It emerged 83 per cent believe being a parent means you must be an ‘expert’ in multiple jobs.
A spokesman for Curry’s PC World, which commissioned the research to launch the new Google Nest Mini, said: “Multi-tasking is never more important than when you are a parent, as you make sure the children are where they need to be at all times and have done everything they need to do.
“Many parents even have some extra tricks or hacks up their sleeves to allow them to get everything done, like asking their smart home assistants for homework help.
“Parents have to wear lots of different hats – luckily the Google Nest Mini is here to help multi-task without a touch of a button.”
The study also found children have even taken to labelling their parents with certain job roles, with almost one in five adults saying they have been called a taxi driver by their offspring.
Around one in six have been referred to as a chef while the same number have even had their children call them a cleaner.
But while mums tend to take charge of much of the parenting ‘careers’, dads are more likely to act as the family mechanic, sports coach and technician.
Mums and dads equally share the responsibility of being the careers advisor and the lawyer – dishing out the punishments – with their children.
And although 55 per cent of parents reckon their children appreciate all they do for them, 17 per cent believe it’s a thankless task.
It also emerged that although 78 per cent of parents reckon their multi-tasking skills have improved since they had their children, 57 per cent admit to Googling the answers to situations they don’t understand when it comes to parenting.
Others rely on a series of hacks to get by with one parent polled, via OnePoll, admitting to adding 10 minutes onto everything in order to get it all done in time.
Another gets their children to help out as much as possible to make things easier – at the same time as teaching their son or daughter to be responsible.
Picking your battles is also a common parenting hack, while one savvy parent offers their child a choice between two things they would be happy for them to have so the children feel they have some control – while also doing what the parent wants.
TOP 10 JOB ROLES PARENTS HOLD
- Taxi driver
- Bank manager
- Events planner
- Delivery man/woman