You haven’t been wrong this whole time, you really are working your butt off to get your kids out the door for school every morning.
I’m thinking back to the middle of winter this year; snow is on the ground, the sky is a cloudy grey and the wind is brutal. My kids are wearing double layers, hats and gloves.
But I don’t grab a coat on the way out the door to school drop off BECAUSE I’M SWEATING PROFUSELY.
In fact, I’m not even wearing long sleeves for this outing, just a pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt. I’m freaking hot.
I physically lifted both children out of bed because they were just having “one of those mornings.”
I have ran up and back down the stairs 3 separate times.
I made lunches.
Searched for a missing sneaker.
I broke up 3 fights.
Brushed through birds nest that is tangled on top of my daughters head.
Styled my sons hair with gel just how he likes it.
Help shove their foot into that sneaker that was apparently designed with too small an opening.
Double knot the shoes.
Tell them to brush their teeth 7 times in a row.
I run around like a crazy person for 35 straight minutes and I’m POSITIVE I’ve got my workout in for the day.
And I did!
The American College of Sports Medicine says you can burn as many as 3,000 calories in the time you get your kids ready for school.
That’s a lot of calories.
The head of the study, Professor Olan Wyche, said if you have more than 3 kids you can burn more than 4,000 calories.
He also compared it to being “the equivalent to running a marathon and then fighting off an angry bear.”
It makes total sense that I would be walking out the door each morning with beads of sweat dripping down my face.
So now, instead of being frustrated every day by my exertion I can just chalk it up to exercise! It’s definitely cheaper than a gym membership. ♥
Psst: I do have some pretty smart tips to get out of the door on time!
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.