25 things mums do before 8am

25 things mums do before 8am

Waking up to the sound of birds chirping outside your window, indulging in a leisurely breakfast of home-made nasi lemak, reading The Straits Times while savouring a cup of freshly-brewed kopi, planning your dinner date after work at the newest table at Duxton Hill. Errr… if only!

Once you're a parent, you're always in a race with time to accomplish a gazillion things within the hour (or at max, 2 hours) before your kids set out for school. Coffee? What coffee?

Here’s a list of the things mums do before 8am (and we’re sure we’ve missed out some):

1. Wake the kids up

Wake the Kids Up

2. Put the kettle on for some coffee (often with a tiny tot attached to your ankles)

25 things mums do before 8am

3. Wake the kids up again

25 things mums do before 8am

4. Brush their teeth (while nagging that they’re going to be late for school, and you, for work)

25 things mums do before 8am

5. Iron their school uniforms

25 things mums do before 8am

6. Check that their school bags are packed

25 things mums do before 8am

7. Dress them (and try to explain that a tutu to school is a no-no)

25 things mums do before 8am

8. Make several different breakfasts for your fussy troop- NOT yours though

25 things mums do before 8am

9. Deal with poop

25 things mums do before 8am

10. Pack their lunch boxes

25 things mums do before 8am

11. Give them pocket money

25 things mums do before 8am

12. Make sure they’re actually eating their breakfast

25 things mums do before 8am

13. Jump in for the world’s quickest shower - come on, you can do it!

25 things mums do before 8am

14. Deal with an emergency (sibling fight) that has taken in your absence (and changing someone’s clothes if food was involved)

25 things mums do before 8am

15. Call your husband and remind him you’re Superwoman and demand a lovely (read:expensive) gift at the end of the week

25 things mums do before 8am

16. Feed them their vitamins

25 things mums do before 8am

17. Brush your hair quickly and put something on (blouse, skirt, oh whatever)

25 things mums do before 8am

18. Comb everyone else's hair (try negotiating with your little princess that fancy braid days are strictly on the weekends)

25 things mums do before 8am

19. Hunt down your mobile, handbag and grab your now cold coffee

25 things mums do before 8am

20. Clear breakfast mess and make a mental note to thank your mum for buying you a dishwasher

25 things mums do before 8am

21. Pick up all the Lego pieces you step on along the way to the door

25 things mums do before 8am

22. Fight the urge to call you boss and say you’re taking an MC

25 things mums do before 8am

23. Run back in to grab your laptop… and car keys…. and specs (what else? what else?)

25 things mums do before 8am

24. Usher those small people out of the main door, and towards the car

25 things mums do before 8am

25. Drop every child to the right place and kiss them goodbye (here’s where you look at their adorable faces and know it’s all worth it)

25 things mums do before 8am

Phew! Ok now, where’s that coffee?

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Written by

Pavin Chopra

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