Cat & Nat Reveal What School Mornings Are REALLY Like for Parents

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Every new school year presents new opportunities. With high hopes, parents aim to do things differently. They plan to lay their kid’s clothes out the night before. To wake up earlier. To eat healthier and be more patient with the kids. We all pledge our School Year’s Resolutions … Then reality kicks in.

To find out what the back-to-school morning hustle is really like for parents, Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain surveyed parents about their routines and the results were surprising. YouTube #MOMTRUTHS moms Cat & Nat joined EverydayFamily’s Shiloh Johnson to tell us more about Nutri-Grain’s #REALMORNING campaign. Cat & Nat also shared their own hilarious back-to-school morning mishaps and give tips that will help keep families moving through back-to-school mornings at the speed of life. See the full interview here:

First of all, if you haven’t seen Cat & Nat before, check them out on YouTube! With seven kids between the two of them, Cat & Nat know just how lonely and isolating motherhood can be. With honesty and humor, Cat & Nat rewrite the paradigm of “the perfect mom” and dismantle the unrealistic portrayals of motherhood that are often presented in the media. Through their virally famous #MOMTRUTHS, Cat & Nat share everything moms (and dads!) think but are too afraid to talk about.

Nat shared some of the survey results from Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain survey with us:

  1. 84% of parents make resolutions ahead of the new school year, yet 63% break them within the first few months.
  2. Parents don’t have enough time in the morning: 43% of women put on their makeup during the morning commute and 52% of men shave during that time!
  3. In an average school week, kids spill on their clothes twice while getting ready for the day ahead.
  4. Although 8 in 10 parents think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, parents generally skip around two breakfasts a week because their children make them late.

So what can we do to make our mornings go smoothly? Cat joked, “I wish we could tell you to label things and put baskets out, but we never will be! The real deal is that if we get kids out the door with minimal tears, clothes on, a breakfast bar in their mouth that gives them energy, then I feel like we’ve won! Just be proud of yourself for getting them out the door.”

Nat reminded Cat that she had a fun story to tell, so Cat launched into it.

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Cat explained that with her first child, she took great pride in making sure everything was always perfect. “I volunteered back then in her class (that doesn’t happen anymore),” she laughed. “I showed up in her Kindergarten class and she’s sitting in class with a dress on, cross-legged of course, no undies on. I was just like, GASP! It’s like, 2:00 in the afternoon, we’ve been doing this all day?!” Cat said that these days they always do an underwear check in her house. “Everyone got it on? Good, you can leave.”

Cat also emphasized that mishaps happen all the time. It doesn’t mean we’re bad moms, it doesn’t mean you’re failing. It was a day, it was a moment. If you love your kids and they love you, that’s all that matters. So take the pressure off of yourselves!

Nat chimed in, saying, “Don’t compare yourself to others. Our #MOMTRUTHS videos are all about the truths behind motherhood, but that’s also why we love the campaign, #REALMORNING. It encourages moms to talk about the realities of their mornings, and if more moms talk about it the more we feel the same and normal.”

So many moms go through the day feeling bad about how the morning went, since we often don’t see our kids again for eight hours. And if the morning didn’t go smoothly, we beat ourselves up about it all day. Then, by the time we see our kids again at the end of the day, we feel awful. But, as Nat reminded us, “The kids don’t remember that morning anyway!” If we, as parents, can let that go, and just focus on the fact that all of us are in the same boat, it’ll be easier for everyone. We love our kids, they love us, we’re all good.

And let’s not forget, dads also feel the craziness of mornings. But dads don’t always have such strong support groups like we moms do. Without that camaraderie, some dads just view certain mornings as failures and dwell on it for longer than they’d like. Cat & Nat emphasized that their #MOMTRUTHS are about life and how nothing’s perfect, so everyone is welcome to follow, moms and dads alike!

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So where can you share your back-to-school morning mishaps and triumphs? Use #REALMORNING and #MOMTRUTHS on social media or send Cat & Nat your Mom Confessions via email (totally anonymous)! 

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Cat & Nat Reveal What School Mornings Are REALLY Like for Parents

I've lived all over the place! I was born in Hawaii, grew up in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, enjoyed some time in the cities of the Bay Area, and even spent a few years in Arizona. These days I am living in beautiful Colorado and loving it. I live with my husband, baby boy, my mom, and our 5 pets (3 cats, 2 dogs). There's a lot of love in our little condo! A few of my favorite things include: Pretty dresses (especially ones I can wear while breastfeeding/pumping these days.) Tea parties wi ... More

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