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You really have to hand it to us multi-tasking supermums

IT'S like trying to round up monkeys. On speed. Because kids first thing in the morning are turbo-charged, they're energetic and giddy. You'd be too, if you had 12 hours' sleep.

After they've downed their Ready brek they are raring to go or rather raring to wreck the joint, as you try to pin them down, one at a time, to get their pyjamas off.

The round-table talks in this house are delicate, knife-edge negotiations. You try explaining to a five-year-old why a Superman onesie isn't an appropriate get up for school. To actually get them out the door with matching socks, with any socks, hair that is only partially dreadlocked from the Weetabix and their shoes on the right feet is a life-skill only Mammies have perfected.

Mornings just about beat evenings for the time of day when everything is a delicately balanced tightrope act on the clock. Everything's timed in five and 10-minute blocks.

Someone throws a spanner in the works and the entire day unravels. You're late into the car and stuck in traffic. Gridlock and children are the perfect combination to create the perfect storm.

Channel Four once did a programme investigating whether there was any merit in the notion that women might be better suited to working in the home. Because there was so much multi-skilling involved in homes and families. You have to iron a school shirt while waiting for the toast to pop etc. You get the picture.

Chaotic

They monitored men and women and concluded that women were indeed better in the home, setting the women's movement back 100 years but acknowledging that mornings and children are chaotic and juggling 10 tasks is the only way anyone gets anything done.

Now a new study has backed that up, revealing that in a 73-minute morning window, mothers will complete 9.8 jobs. Dads can only manage 3.3 and high-flying top brass can only manage 4.2.

While bosses might make calls, flick through a report, check emails on their smart phone and read the financial section first thing in the morning, Mammies are busier.

They're busier feeding, dressing, cajoling, wiping tables and tears and trying to do it with a smile on their face.

Imagine then if you were a mother who was also a boss? Like say Norah Casey. Mother and boss. Mama Bear. I think this is where the term 'supermum' comes from. Coined to describe the women who are running a home and running the company. Neither is running to a standstill. Or running on empty. They're running rather well, actually.

Perhaps because they've mother running the show ... .


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