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Reese: Survey says moms complete 26 tasks each morning (that's all?)

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Michelle Reese covers education for the Tribune and blogs about motherhood and family issues at Contact her at

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 6:47 pm

After scrambling to find my glasses and cell phone, I realized my feeling was correct.

The clock said 7:47.

My daughter’s dive team practices at 7:50 each morning.

Pretty much all I did next was grab the toddler (and stick her on the potty), told my oldest daughter to get in the car, tossed on a pair of shorts, reminded my son to get dressed and yelled “bye” to my husband.

I didn’t even brush my teeth.

Once my daughter was at practice, I raced home, packed my lunch, grabbed my big kids’ lunch for the babysitter, took a shower, threw the youngest in a bathing suit for “water day,” got dressed, picked up my work bag, put the two kids in the car and returned to the pool — just in time for the end of practice.

It’s no surprise to me when a survey of moms shows that we have at least 26 tasks to complete in the morning before we leave the house.

The survey was done as part of a campaign by Jul-Eye to show why moms may forget to make important doctor appointments.

Did I mention that my middle child never did have her “well visit” this year? Or the fact that I’m supposed to go see a cardiologist and skin doctor annually and I think it’s been two years?

What tasks do you forget the most? Which ones to you feel you “must” do before you leave the house?

A handful of news stories discussing the survey that have popped up recently. Tribune partner ABC15 ran one (read it at, as did the Telegraph in Great Britain ( and ( These are all good to read on your smartphone while sitting in the waiting room — that is if you remembered to make that important doctor appointment!

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