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Denyse shares her tips on How To Engage Well With Your Child’s School. To keep in mind that policies and procedures, along with an adult to adult relationship with the school will assist greatly in any way where you may need to contact the school about a concern or issue.

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  • Thank you for having me here today Kat. I want to wish all families well as the school year for 2016 starts. DenyseReplyCancel

First Day of School Printables signs to capture the special moments of your child starting school through to Year 12, beautiful photos and memories to look back on.

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  • Oh! Such sweet little ones! Thanks for sharing these cute printables.ReplyCancel

  • What an awesome collection! So many fab ideas.
    We use the kids blackboard easel which doubles as a good way to show their growth year on year. xxReplyCancel

How I re-establish our school routine before the kids go back to school, most importantly is getting their school sleep routine back into place.

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  • Megan

    How does that waking up earlier go with teens?
    Cause at 8am I looking for more icecubes to wake teen up with. Took 3 hours to wake her yesterdayReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wowsers 3 hours, my twins are nearly 13, one is always up at 5am, so I have no issues with her, Mr nearly 13 likes to sleep in, but I just told him last night he had to be up earlier and thankfully didn’t have any issues. Hope it’s easier to wake her tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Routine has gone out the window at our place lately. It’s going to be a struggle to get them organised for next week!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Lazy school holiday mornings are the best, I’m sad to see them go too.ReplyCancel

So here are 5 practical ways to make the return to school a little less stressful for you and for your children, whether they have special needs or not.

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  • Tracy

    Thanks for this fantastic collection of suggestions and ideas. They are exactly what I have suggested to parents of my special needs students, and some things I have done myself.

    The other thing I would suggest, for those of us with older kids or those with non-special needs where bed times are loosey goosey over summer, is to get those back to normal in the full week ahead of going back to school. I make sure we are back to normal bed times for that final week, and then in the last few days I make sure they’re getting up at about the right time as well. This enables everyone to be sleeping well and getting up chirpy at the right time by the time we need to be able to do it.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks for the positive feedback Tracy! I definitely agree with your suggestion too for adjusting bed times and wake up times in the week or so leading up to the return to school. That’s something that is going to begin happening at our place now we are only a week and a half away from the first day back.ReplyCancel

  • A great post and I love the school holiday routine. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • A great post and I love the school holiday routine. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

An organised space to help reduce the stress of back to school. Keeping uniforms, lunchbox, papers etc organised.

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  • Rachel

    I love this idea – but any suggestions for how to keep it manageable for 4 kids?!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That could be a little tricky, you may need a different solution for 4 children, or use a divider in the drawers to seperate them?ReplyCancel

    • Keera

      Rachel, I have 3 children and rather than doing a day of the week box, I’m going to give each child their own box. I have their uniforms ready to go in their rooms so don’t need that box and have a specific lunchbox/drink bottle drawer in my kitchen.
      I’ll be (they’ll be) putting their homework, library bags, glasses etc in their own boxes ready for the next morning.

      I’m sick of losing things in their untidy (but organised) bedrooms :) and getting in trouble from their teachers.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great tip Keera I might share this with the community on facebook as many have enquired. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Noorie

    I love your blog, were trying a few of your ideas in our hectic unorganised house.. question: my daughter takes fruit to school, by the time its ready to eat, its brown. Is it a cheap box? Ive used a box with clips on each side, hoping on better feedback when she returns.
    Do you preper sandwiches in the morning or the night before?
    I have a three draw freezer, any ideas on how I can organise it instead of digging around to find things?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Norrie, it does sound like your box is not airtight, it’s the air getting to the apple to change it’s colour. I have some tips here: but I would also look into buying an airtight container for the fruit. If the kids have an early school day I will make their lunches the night before. I did this majority of last year, I put their boxes in the fridge in the evening then they grab it and an ice brick to back into their lunch bags. I have actually just purchased a new fridge, I really wanted a freezer with doors at the bottom, but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so did go with a freezer drawer…. this is a full blog post in itself, I’ll prepare one in a few weeks :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison fuscs

    I just set up this and a desk/homework area for my dd5 who is staring school in February! It looks amazing:) thanks for the inspiration!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I would love to see a picture please Alison, tag me on Instagram or share on my facebook page :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    What a fabulous idea. Would love to know where the drawers came from. Haven’t seen them on my travels.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kate, I got them from my local Stacks store, it’s a dollar store here on the Gold Coast, at Westfield Helenvale and Robina Town Centre 😉ReplyCancel

    • Alison

      I purchased them at a dollar store here in Sydney, in north rocks Westfield. It cost me $40 and I’m pretty happy!ReplyCancel

Labelling every item related to the kids and school is essential so it’s easier for your child to identify their own items, will stop others from taking what isn’t theirs and if it gets lost having it labelled with their name will help it get returned. There are various ways to label items ready for the first day of school, I share my tips on how I label all our back to school items.

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  • Juli Szasz

    Great help thank you Katrina. But oh the flood of tears at the memory of my Dad shaving and naming my pencils for me too. Another memory I had forgotten. All good, tears are healthy they say.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love it when those forgotten memories come flooding back!!ReplyCancel

      • Christine Macdonald

        My Dad used to cover all our school books with brown paper and it was a big thing for him to do but he did it every year.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity a

    Hi Katrina,
    Just wondering do you buy new socks and shoes for the school year each year?
    My daughter is in her second year and just wondering what to do.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Can really see I do need that Brother Labeller for school and home ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It really is versatile, with endless uses for inside the home. I have been putting one container through our new dishwasher (which when finishes all the items are extremely hot) daily and the label has stayed on, which I am really surprised, as labels in the past, which i have purchased tend to fall off.ReplyCancel

  • Kath

    Hi Katrina, I saw your earlier post about the brother PT H105 so went and purchased one on the weekend. Hubby and daughter thought it was great to start labelling their work and school stuff but somehow managed to throw out the instructions- argh! Without having to purchase another labeller do you know how I could get a set of instructions??ReplyCancel

  • Jac Simmons

    My daughter starts school this year and I was wondering or to label socks and best way to do pens it’s all new to me, this is brilliant Kat thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      So happy I can help you Jac, let me know if you have any troubles and happy to help you with solutions :)ReplyCancel

  • Cathy M

    I got this labeller last week when you told us about it, it has cute little symbols my son and daughter have been enjoying labelling their supplies, I didn’t realise it does fabric labels too, off to get some fabric tape.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I did some more labels on uniforms yesterday, and found that the iron didn’t have to sit for the recommended 30 seconds, only took about 10, so was a very easy process.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I too love my Brother labeller but the tape can get expensive so I pick and choose what I use it for. For school supplies – I pretty much do what Katrina does, and I also use the labeller for “permanent” things around the house. For items that only have a short life eg containers of leftovers for the freezer, I either write directly onto a ziplock bag with permanent marker or I use permanent marker on a piece of masking tape and stick it on the freezer container. Not as pretty or durable as the proper labels – but suitable for the short time required.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve used the masking tape trick too in the freezer, works really well as a temporary label. I’m yet to organise my pantry, that will be fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I just had a quick google around and found these labellers on the Officeworks website for $25 which seems like a great price. Not sure about the tape costs yet – am onto that now. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Michelle

      So looking around for tape, the best genuine Brother tape price I found was around $16 (that doesn’t include $10 for postage). It’s worth shopping around.
      I know what I’m buying today. Thankyou!!!ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That’s a good price, the standard tape is 8m long and I have found that it can last me a good 6 months including back to school. With this new PT-H105 you can adjust the margins, I like the medium margin, which makes the label smaller. So you can be frugul and get more labels from the lengh by adjusting the margins.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    I use the metallic tapes for my kids. For pencils, felt pens, crayons and glue sticks I wrap a piece of book covering around so it can’t peel off. For my kids pencils I place the label at the “need a new pencil spot” so they are never working with a pencil that is too short. They know once they sharpen to that point they need to ask for a new one. I use laundry markers for socks, undies, swim cap etc. it seems to last a while. I have used the laundry tape on library bags and towels mainly.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a very clever idea to put the tape at the line. My son came home with so many little pencils, he uses them, but it’s really not good for his hands, especially when his has poor fine motor skills in his hands.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    For things that are larger like books I create a paper label on the computer (as simple or complex as you want) and print on normal paper then UST clear packing tape to stick them on. For anything that may get wet I use Bear brand clear all weather tape.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      like the idea of making your own book labels!ReplyCancel

  • Nys

    I really struggle with lunchbox labels on sistema/tupperware etc. Whether I write it with a permanent marker (sharpie) or use a dishwasher proof label they always wash off. Have you got any tips?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi NYS I have been trialling these labels in the dishwasher, I have labelled a glass and it has been in the dishwasher every night, high temperatures and it’s not coming off, I have looked at the corners and they aren’t coming up. Glass is different to plastic, but I can’t fault this label at the moment :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Hi, what are the book covers you use and where are they available?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      These are from OfficeWorks, Kmart also sell some fun and colourful covers for boys and girls.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha B

    Any ideas about labeling black socks?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Black socks could be hard, you could try a silver paint pen, this is what I use on alot of my kids darker items, such as black pencil cases, swim suits, it will wash off over time though. Or you could sew the initials into the bottom?ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for this post Katrina. After reading it I went out to check out the Brother PT-H105 and was very happy when it was only $25. It has made getting the school supplies ready, less of a chore and my boys actually wanted to help me!!!!!! One question though – do you buy a book cover for every book? I bought a few of each size and will just swap the books out as they fill upReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I Rebecca, that’s a great price for the labeller. I do buy covers for each book and then reuse what I can for the following year.ReplyCancel

The lunch boxes and lunch bags my kids will be using this year for their school lunches.

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  • Tracy

    I only have one left at school. He still uses the Tupperware sandwich boxes, even at 15yo. In winter he literally throws just that into the dark, scary depths of his school bag. In summer I insist on him taking an insulated box and an ice brick wrapped in some fabric to stop it condensing all over the place.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl

    Hi Kat

    Of the 3 you mention, which would hold the most food?



    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Definatley the go-green, it’s a lovely big lunchbox, easy to open. However you couldn’t add a banana to the lunch bag, you would have to slice it up and place it into the lunch box compartments. It seals tight, so apples wouldn’t go brown.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    We’ve used the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus over the past 3 years for our (now almost-7yo) twins &, although the actual lunchbox is excellent, the lunchbags fall apart before the year’s end. We also have the Shikiri (from Little Bento World!) which is good & fun for bento-style lunches. This year we’ve bought the Yumbox Panino. We’ve also bought both the medium Fridge-To-Go & the Apple & Mint lunchbags to try as I couldn’t decide on one or the other! Plus, it’s always good to have a spare. I’ll be interested to see if they really DO stay cold for up to 8 hours, as advertised, in our 40+C heat here in Perth!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My girls love the Yumbox Panino, they think it’s really cute and were disappointed on the days I hadn’t washed it up :) Let me know if it does stack up to the 40+ heat, would be good to know :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My kids have been using the medium fridge to go bags for the past 4 years and we will not go back – they are fantastic. They really do keep the food cool all day, so even on a hot day, they can safely eat anything left over when they get peckish after school.

    I use the fridge to go ice bricks in my cooler bag for food on the go or shopping on really hot days – they are sensational.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    Mine will be using fridge to go again. Will be 8th year for my oldest, although definitely not the same bag!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I was just about to ask if it was the same bag for 8 years… good to know though they are that good you are using them year after year… the brand, not the bag :)ReplyCancel

      • Sandra

        I have boys and my oldest did who knows what with his things at school when he started and although serviceable they needed replacing every year. Last few years we have gotten 2 years from a bag. Also helps he changed colour favourite to black! Bonus is we have many spare bricks.
        Haven’t found anything that compares with how bag keeps cold and have had uneaten lunch come home as cold as it was when it went to school.ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    Bummer! I’ve mulled over lunchboxes for weeks and only ordered them a couple of days ago. I’ve gone with the yumboxes too but missed your discount!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Bugger Skye, are you signed up to my newsletter, you get an email each day with the latest blog post and it also had the discount code in it :)ReplyCancel

  • wanita

    hi, I really love all your lunchbox ideas! I thought I saw an insulated yogurt pot in one of your back to school sections but now I can’t find it? would love to know what it was.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlee

    Hi Kat, i just went to order on little bento world and they are sold out until April/May :( do you know if your lovely discount will still be able to be used then? Thanks!ReplyCancel

Tips for choosing the right school shoe which will provide them comfort and support to help kids get through an active school day.

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  • Elizabeth Carter

    I struggle most with the costs of uniform, booklists and term one sporting fees. With four school aged children I have to be well organised and budget!ReplyCancel

  • Lynnette Bull

    This year I will be struggling for lunch ideas that my daughter can make herself. She is 7 and likes to help out. Spreading butter and jam is easy enough but to make it healthier and more interesting I am not sure what to make. Not sure whether I should be letting her use a sharp knike to cut things up etc. A few ideas would be great on what is safe and for her capabilitiesReplyCancel

  • christine morris

    I struggle with buying Uniforms and Books, and then come the excursions.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Jenkin

    Getting everyone back into a routine so that the first week isn’t such a nightmare of tiredness….ReplyCancel

    • Christie

      I struggle with easy and fast lunch ideas, not to mention dinners. I long for the day my kids will eat their entire breakfast, not leave bowls of milk and cereal wasted on the table every day :(ReplyCancel

    • Lina

      This year I have one at school, one at kinder and one with me. I know I’m going to struggle with getting three little men out of the house, fed, face washed, teeth brushed, house spotless, bags packed and still smiling by 8.15am every morning, but with Gods help all things are possible.. Not to mention the pick ups.. Hihi Thanks for a chance to enter a great competition ?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Williams

    We struggle with getting back into the routine of homework. Finding a time where Mr 6 is happy to sit and do readers and hot words as he’s always trying to delay as he doesn’t like it when he doesn’t know the words.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s hard for the kids sometimes they are so exhausted when they come home from school and they don’t have the energy nor desire to do the homework.ReplyCancel

  • Karina Mcandrew

    I stuggle the most with is the cost of schooling the most as it hard with on wage and we don’t get school kids bonus as hubby earns to much but to us he doesn’t earn that much.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Hay

    My struggle is getting my 2 preteens out of bed in the morning and eating breakfast without me having to nag nag nag them every 5 minutes! I need a lot of tips on healthily breakfasts apart from just toast with Vegemite to give then the best start to the day.ReplyCancel

    • Victoria

      Look up Well Nourished by georgia harding online. Lots of healthy and delicious recipes incl bfast and lunch. :)ReplyCancel

    • Victoria

      My kids and I will struggle most with early starts and my youngest starts school too which will take some adjustment!ReplyCancel

  • jade dieperink

    With my eldest child starting prep this year I struggle with the unknown and take any and every tips possible to help this new transition for both of usReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jade, hope the tips I have shared over the past month have been a help to you. :)ReplyCancel

  • jessie atkins

    I struggle with not having my shadow with me everyday. Love holidays, its great family time. Where you realize how much she has grown and spend quality time together. Then the school countdown starts, she cant wait to get there…. mums a little sad and lost for a few days. I might need the bike to pass the time…lol.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Henschke

    I struggle with getting back into routine after having 6 weeks off and having to be somewhere early in the morning after everyone has been having lots of sleep insReplyCancel

  • Nicole Peyton

    Trying to vary the kids lunches every day while still adhering to the schools criteria (no eggs, nuts etc) can be challenging some days. Just when I’ve found something the kids love to eat, all of a sudden they can’t stand it anymore and I need to rethink my entire cupboard.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I struggle the most with healthy lunchbox ideas! With one fussy child, who happily eats the same thing day in day out (his choice) for weeks then suddenly decides he doesn’t like it any more!!!!! And one child with egg allergies so can be limited in what pre made ‘snacks’ go in his lunch box- I like to make most food from scratch!ReplyCancel

  • Get kids in a routine after sleeping in till late on the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Get kids in a routine after sleeping in till late on the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    Funnily enough our struggle at the moment is with finding a great pair of school shoes for my Daughter. As we often walk to school we’d love to try the Ascent shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    Funnily enough at the moment we have been looking everywhere to find a great pair of school shoes for my Daughter. As we often walk to school we’d love to try the Ascent shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    My struggle is getting back into a routine.. Getting up, going to bed on time and that dreaded homework word..ReplyCancel

  • It was a tad easier for me when my kids were younger, I wasn’t working as much to keep on top of things. Today I struggle with having a teen (13) who wants to look cool over being practical with clothing and healthy with food and exercise. He is happy to take a home made lunch and I’m happy to make lunches, I just have to be “cool”, creative and healthy. Time vs healthy choices vs $$$$$.ReplyCancel

  • Trileen

    My eldest child starts school this year, so I am struggling with the concept of getting organised for SCHOOL and not day care/kinder….I am struggling with getting a routine !!!
    I think I wil struggle with the seperation from Mr5 and knowing that he is less dependant upon me than he was last year….ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Everything! Doing it for the first time and it’s so overwhelming.ReplyCancel

  • hadicha aytuwar

    I struggle with getting back into routine of waking early, making lunch and getting everyone to school on time! With 2 year b/g twins in tow, its going to be hectic and stressful!ReplyCancel

  • maree

    There are a lot of struggles when it comes time for back to school but my biggest dilema is preparing creative lunches that their actually going to eat! I honestly don’t have a lot of time so I make everything the night before but I run out of idea’s of what to make that will look interesting and appealing to them enough so that they will want to at least take a nibble and try it! I like to keep it fresh and healthy so I know when they are home what snacks are being eaten but I always end up back at the drawing board with good old vegemite sangers! AAArrrrgggghhhhh!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    With my eldest starting reception and youngest starting Kindy, i’m struggling with how navigate it all, from sharing myself between the kids equally to supporting the new ‘stuff’ like reading and writing, trying to get everyone on there own routines in the mornings so its not so stressful.ReplyCancel

  • Alyra

    Adjusting to how long it takes to get everyone (and all the correct belongings) out the door at a set time in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely getting back into a routine after so long on holidays!!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal

    My biggest struggle is not lunches or shopping for school supplies – it’s routine! Despite the fact that the kids have been in school now for 4 years, it amazes me how every day is like the first day of school. I have charts, I lay out clothing, we talk about what we are going to do the next day to get ready but it’s like a whiteboard – wiped clean at night when they go to sleep and everything is forgotten the next morning :) oh, to have such a chilled out approach on life!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I struggle with lunchbox ideas. I have no time to create anything even remotely exciting as we are literally up and out of there for school and myself for work.

    I do pack some of their lunchboxes at night but it still doesn’t mean I can manage a great deal of variety! ARGH!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    Getting back into the hectic routine of school and after school activities is my biggest struggle. With such a big (much needed) break at xmas it takes a bit to get us all back on track, especially for me! :)ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan

    Trying to keep 3 boys focused on getting ready for school is my struggle. They have their list of morning tasks but toys and other distractions are much too inviting. The struggle is real.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My eldest starts school this year (eep), and because of a few… personality traits, changing routines and new experiences are very difficult for him so transitioning him into a new routine for school has been challenging for me and scary for him but we’ll get there :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    This year my challenge will be juggling picking up my first born from kindy and working part time. I don’t drive and the school is a far way up hill and down dale, so I will be trying to navigate the bus and train and work time tables ! Worse case I will be running or walking to do all three! Sounds like I need to get good jogging shoes too!?ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Our biggest struggle is getting back into routine. I’ve started this week with making sure that everyone is up, fed and dressed by our normal “leave home” time so hopefully, this year, things go a bit smoother.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Thanks for your everyday tips and lunchbox ideas. I find it hard to adjust the kids to routine of school again. I’m going to start getting them up and dressed for the day a week early to try and avoid the tired zombie stares when school starts.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    You have hit the nail on the head with your post today Kat- my struggle is ALWAYS school shoes. Trying to find shoes that my kids find comfortable, and that will last is a trial. I have one child who is very hard on shoes, and continually goes through multiple pairs a year. Of course, to kids, durability means “dagginess” to them, who’d have thought buiying black shoes could be such a mission!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    Lunches please ? im struggling with one child in year 8, one child starting prep, one child commencing daycare for the first time and me starting a new career. It would be great to have a guide to pre making snacks / lunches that we could all eat. my teen is happy to pack if it is prepared.l’m concerned that I have forgotten tips for young ones as its been quite a while since my eldest began school or childcare and I’ve never done this with 3!! Thanks for the great info about school shoes xxReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    Lunches please ? im struggling with one child in year 8, one child starting prep, one child commencing daycare for the first time and me starting a new career. It would be great to have a guide to pre making snacks / lunches that we could all eat. my teen is happy to pack if it is prepared.l’m concerned that I have forgotten tips for young ones as its been quite a while since my eldest began school or childcare and I’ve never done this with 3!! Thanks for the great info about school shoes xxReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I am struggling most with the thought of returning kids to an acceptable routine. One child is beginning Kindergarten and the other is in year 1.
    We have begun this already, but I am most struggling to have kids settle for sleep at bedtime, and they are still making excuses up to 2 hours later. This won’t be useful when they need to be getting ready for school and Kindy on time, with a lack of sleep and being tired and grumpy.ReplyCancel

  • Penny Marrett

    I struggle with buying school shoes – each child likes a different style. My son seems to outgrow shows within 2-3 months at the moment and his feet are quite wide & long! Then Miss 12 is extremely fussy about looks/style which makes the choice & shopping a nightmare experience!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    This is my first year of doing the ‘school thing’ with my baby off to prep! I’ve been getting books & uniforms since November last year so feeling pretty organised however I must say my first lot of book covering/contacting yesterday left me somewhat embarrassed for my child- even after watching utube videos on the process!! ? So I guess that’s what I’m finding hard- mastering the art of book covering!ReplyCancel

  • Nellie Hore

    This year I will struggle with lunches for my eldest girl is going to high school for the first time and being used to primary school having fridges and high school not that will be challenging. Also the back to school routine will be a whole different ball game this year with my children off to separate schools and with me working full time and my husband being a shift worker I say struggle is what I’ll do for a little while.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    When the kids go back to school I dread having to start setting the alarm clock again. I love not rushing out the door during school holidays – even though I have to get to work myself a few days a week. Not having to get up earlier to make food for the boys to take to school makes for far more relaxed mornings and happier people all round.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    The first day back with three kids in different areas of the school and all of the books that they need to take on the first day. Wanting to help each one of them find their classes ok.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    First day back with three children in different parts of the school with all of their heavy books and wanting them to go to the correct class. First day back at school is a mixed bag of feelings for them and I just want to make sure they all are settled where they need to be.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Harkin

    The end of school holidays is always a bittersweet moment for me. Yay, the boys get out of my hair … but it also means I have to go back work – I am a teacher at their school! ?ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I struggle with the getting everyone, including me, back into routine of earlier dinners, bedtime and rising in the morning. I’m a snooze for 5 more minutes kind of girl x too many times.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie D

    I struggle with the routine, mostly the going to bed and getting up earlier struggle. It’s always a mad dash out the door.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth

    My biggest little one is starting school this year. I struggle with the idea of getting my four, two and one year olds out the door by eight o’clock.ReplyCancel

  • Penny Teale

    I love school holidays too much…the lack of routine..laid back kids…i struggle with missing him once school goes back…tragic i knowReplyCancel

  • Maria

    We begin our school journey in two weeks time. Exciting and scary at the same time! At this point my biggest struggle is finding the right school bag and shoes (books and uniforms are sorted). But give it time and I’ll be struggling with the juggle of school pick up and drop off, daycare runs and heading back to work after a year off with baby number three. It’ll be very interesting getting everyone out the door in time to beat the school traffic, drop youngest two at daycare and scooter with my boy to big school. Then the mad rush to work so I’m not late… What am I thinking?ReplyCancel

  • teaching my kids to keep their uniforms clean and tidy before school time actually starts, we are usually organised in the morning but as soon as I drop them off, their uniforms are creased and untucked lol, boysReplyCancel

  • Leah M

    We struggle most with routine after some great sleep in days in the holidays , also as a parent , the cost of shoes for 4 kids. I always but the good quality shoes so they last but it’s the out lay to start with of the $$ which is tough. I try to save a little $$ to help or space purchases out to each fortnight when it’s pay dayReplyCancel

  • Leah M

    We struggle most with routine after some great sleep in days in the holidays , also as a parent , the cost of shoes for 4 kids. I always but the good quality shoes so they last but it’s the out lay to start with of the $$ which is tough. I try to save a little $$ to help or space purchases out to each fortnight when it’s pay day and ease the pain!!ReplyCancel

  • The hardest part of back to school for my family (two girls 8 and 9) is finding a routine for extra curricular activities, home work, chores and downtime. I don’t want to spend the whole afternoon reminding, and then nagging, them. I need systems to make the best use of our time and teach the girls good habits for the years ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Megan MacDonald

    The holidays are coming to an end. The uniforms washed and ironed. New shoes, new school bags, contacted books (crease-free of course) and fresh stationary supplies. The lunchboxes look smick sitting on the kitchen bench. A self re-stocking cupboard and fridge would make my life a sinch! I will be changing to an online food shop this year.ReplyCancel

  • Mercyanne

    My eldest is starting Prep this year and has been going to a daycare that provides food so the healthy lunch box preparation is going to be my biggest struggle.ReplyCancel

  • Briony

    As a first time school mumma I’m currently struggling with the emotional turmoil of my baby starting school! I can’t believe I have a prep kid! He’s super excited, but I’m super anxious, so making sure he doesn’t feel my emotions is a big thing. 16 sleeps to go!!!! ?ReplyCancel

  • Joey

    Getting back into the routine is our struggle after the long December/January holidays, especially with school on daylight savings time and home life on non daylight savings :) two different time zones those first few weeks is crazy for us :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Waldron

    I struggle with us all getting back in to school mode. I’m a teacher so I love the holidays just as much as the children!!! I spend my time wishing the holidays would slow down and pretending that the school term is a long time away. So much so, the new school year creeps up so quickly, I suddenly find myself doing the last minute dash for school shoes and lunch boxes. Perhaps I should learn from past experience and head to the shops tomorrow lol .. Or I could hope and pray that I’m the lucky winner and then I have at least another week to pretend that school is not returning soon :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristina

    I struggle with the dreaded mountain of books to be covered each year with contact trying not to get any air bubbles for my eldest child – Lord help me next year when my twins start Prep!ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    This year I’m struggling with getting new uniforms shoes etc. Trying to get Miss 6 pick a bag for school is also a struggle as she wants to ‘be cool’ReplyCancel

  • Naysie

    LOVE the relaxed, unstructured holiday vibes, and will struggle with routine once we need to and with both at school this year, I will miss them!! The biggest struggle is now finding myself and even hopefully starting back at work after quite a few years off.ReplyCancel

  • Gina M

    My biggest struggle is getting my son back into the routine of doing his homework each night.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    This year is an emotional struggle as I label books, uniforms and supplies for my youngest who is starting full time school… Luckily she can’t wait to be in Pre-primary!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    Over the holidays, our routines are relaxed and we find the kids are staying up later and sleeping in longer. This is blissful until school goes back, and we have to start the battle to get them into bed at a reasonable time, and then try to dig them out of bed again in the morning!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah F

    To be completely honest, the thing I struggle with most when my children go back to school is getting us all out of bed and out of the house at a civilised time! We get so very lazy over the school holidays, the slow pace really is just lovely. The thought of being somewhere not long after 8am just seems completely impossible, yet it is something we will need to very quickly get used to again!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Getting out the door of a morning, can be such a juggle,
    But the OHW job charts sure makes it less of a struggle!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL, this is great Amanda :)ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My emotions, I get so sad when they go to school and worry, fretting out of control that they’re not being bullied and that they have friends. Why you ask? Because I loathed school, not that I got bullied and not that I didn’t have any friends, and nor were grades an issue, but because I was so shy and timid, always forcing myself out of the comfort of my own cocoon, in order to conform, therefore be accepted. I know how harsh children, especially peers can be, and as comfortable as I was in my own little world, happy as an outsider looking in, I had to get in there, mix it up and become one of the pack, albeit a quieter one as to not be ostracized. For me it was a personal struggle, hence the struggle now with fear for my own kids.ReplyCancel

  • Ern

    The need for everything to be new, and like what their mates have, or better. They don’t need a new iPad every year, and colour pencils from last year that are still good, are just that, STILL GOOD! I struggle with the funds getting drained, gobbled right up.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Walton

    I struggle with fitting in homework & after-school activities. Term time is too busy!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Gorham

    Missing my little buddies at home, never ending toilet and meal breaks and my time off. I am a teacher. Best job in the world for a mum.ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    Ironing their uniforms! I don’t even iron my own clothes!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia

    I struggle with the fact that the children are that one year older and not my young babies anymore :(ReplyCancel

    • Annelies

      They will always be your babies! My daughter says that she will happily be my baby when she gets home from big school (kindergarten)!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Maloney

    Getting the tween girl who wants to be a costume designer or fashion designer, to wear the plain school uniform!ReplyCancel

  • krystal bradbury

    I struggle the most trying not to overspend with gimmicky school essentials. Like expensive lunch boxes shaped as police and fire trucks whos shape and size was completely inadequate for their needs.
    Also trying to salvage items from last year to save money.ReplyCancel

  • Nikoly

    We struggle with routine the most. I have 3 kids at school. My two youngest are always getting distracted by playing (and the mirror!) and I am always nagging them to get ready. They know what needs to be done, they just won’t do it!ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My eldest starts school this year and juggling work, little sister in childcare and school seems is overwhelming at times. Thanks for all your great tips! I think the key is being super organised and doing as much as possible the evening prior!ReplyCancel

  • Annelies

    I’m struggling with the fact that I have already bought cheap shoes that don’t meet any of the above mentioned tests! This is my eldest daughter’s first year at school.
    My mum always bought us good clarke shoes but I didn’t think that it was to have them last but just because we had the money. Now, being a farmer, I am very conscious of money and decided to go the cheap way. I have no idea what to do!ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    I struggle to contain my excitement that after 6 weeks, I can have a few hours to myself again and to clean and tidy in peace again 😉 Also recess ideas too!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Dalziel

    I (we) struggle most with a lack of stain power! The start of the year we always have great plans in place (I think) but then with in a few weeks we are back to old habits and the routines etc are out the window… really is quite frustrating!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Deller

    I find buying for 4 different kids of varying ages needs the hardest!!ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    Lunches seem to be our issue. My children change their minds on what they like from day to day, it’s a challenge that’s for sure. I have even tried letting them make their own in the hope they would eat it. Just when you think it’s working – kids logic kicks in. Gotta luv it ?.ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    Lunches seem to be our issue. My children change their minds on what they like from day to day, it’s a challenge that’s for sure. I have even tried letting them make their own in the hope they would eat it. Just when you think it’s working – kids logic kicks in. Gotta luv it ?.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Masters

    I have four children and three are in high school now. I find it difficult to manage the whole morning/afternoon routine as no one day seems to be the same. My husband and I both work shift work so are home at all different times of the day. My kids are great but it is hectic no matter how much I prepare in advance. My youngest is the one who I try to maintain a routine with but it is not easy.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    This is my first year as a school mum! So, I am struggling with mixed emotions! I am trying to find the perfect school bag- big enough but not too heavy. Perfect lunch box- lots of compartments but not too bulky. Healthy snacks that he will eat and packing enough to be filling but not over doing it!ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    I struggle most with keeping myself in a routine! A few weeks in I’m exhausted with juggling the merry-go-round of the school term and work (Mondays come round again so quickly!) and by week 4 I tend to drop all my planning and wing it each day which makes it harder and harder to stay on top of things.ReplyCancel

  • Lian

    I struggle with staying with a routine especially when I am tired and there are multiple demands.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline

    I will struggle with buying new leather shoes for my autistic daughter as she is starting high school this year and can not wear leather black cross trainer anymore like she did in her primary school and finding a pair of shoes that won’t annoyed her feet due to her sensory problems will be a night mare.ReplyCancel

  • Katy

    Hmmm it seems that we are all struggling in so many ways with the school day to day scene. My son started Reception last year & I thought I’d done really well on purchasing affordable school supplies. I was mortified when the sports teacher took me aside in term 3 to say that my sons trainers were just too big & I should get his feet measured. We went to Athletes Foot & guess what – bought a whole size smaller?!
    You are right about buying quality at the start of the year – I have now spent $25.00 & $79.95 on trainers! Great post – thank you for whipping us all into some kind of shape XReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Verheijen

    I struggle with keeping the school bags & shoes organised at the front door so no one trips over!ReplyCancel

  • Lyndal Griffiths

    I struggle most with getting both of my kids to school on the first day back on time. Being a single mum, and the kids at different schools makes it hardReplyCancel

  • Emmalee

    As a single mum of 3 under 7yrs I struggle with the morning routine. Getting 3 kids up, fed, dressed and out the door on time is a daily struggle.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    I struggle with the lack of time in the mornings, trying to get everyone organised and out the door on time. The cost of everything is also a struggle.ReplyCancel

  • Monika Livingston

    I will struggle with getting my boys out of bed. I am blessed with really great sleeping children, but getting them up from their slumber is very difficult (even with an early night!)ReplyCancel

  • rita martins

    I struggle with tasty and healthy lunch ideas for both kids :)ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    My 6 year old daughter has Type 1 Diabetes and I struggle to remember what teachers, teachers aids, nurses and other staff need to know about her disease and getting them all educated before she starts for the year.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    With the kids soon heading back to school, I most struggle with maintaining my “relaxed, post-holiday, super-mum(?!) demeanour!” Every flipping morning during the school term we’re generally all right, with everything going smoothly routine-wise, UNTIL THAT LAST 10 MINUTES before we need to walk (read-BOLT!!) out the door in a screaming, shouting, chaotic, frantic mess, with the neighbours possibly considering calling the DCP & police due to my ability to raise my voice beyond legal noise limits. It drives me NUTS! My kids turn from being perfect angels(hmmmm…?!) into the devil’s spawn EXACTLY 10 minutes before we need to leave! EVERY. SINGLE. SCHOOL. DAY. It’s like Groundhog Day but with The Exorcist thrown in for good measure! What is it with that last 10 minutes? Someone tell me….. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Miriam

      Oh gosh! That completely sounds like our house! We homeschool so it’s not like that every morning but each time we try to leave the house for something that requires a set time it’s the same old crazy thing in that last few minutes – Eeek!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bron Redgate

    Food is my struggle!! What to pack, how much and now this year what to pack for high school for an hour bus ride each way am and pm. Going to start working through Kat’s great freezer recipes to start! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Morena

    My biggest struggle is after school, balancing picking my kids up on time (especially on the days when I’m working) and then fitting in after school activities, homework, play dates, cooking dinner, etc etc… I’m getting tired just thinking about it!ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    I struggle with getting the kids to bed at a reasonable hour after the holidays / getting back into routine. Bed is not a place they want to be – not when there’s TV to be watched, dancing round the living room to be done, avoiding the bathroom strategies employed, and when all that fails – fighting with each other works a treat for avoiding bedtime! And when they get to the bedroom – asking for water, or just one more paragraph/chapter of that book they didn’t want to read earlier!!!ReplyCancel

  • I definitely struggle the most with getting back into routine with the kids after such a long break over Christmas. This year will be especially so with the eldest starting secondary school, middle one in grade 3 and my baby starting Kindy. Three different schools, three different times – I can already feel the stress of leaving the house on time!!! lolReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I struggle with preparing my son with what kind of teacher he may get as neither of us will know until the 1st day back at school. He was completely demoralized by the end of his first year of school due to a teacher he didn’t click with, but he loved his 1st class teacher.ReplyCancel

  • My hardest struggle is that my little guy is starting Preschool this year. Where has the time gone? My baby is not a baby anymore….where has the time gone??? My eldest will be in Year 4 and my second eldest is is starting Year 2.
    My babies are all growing up.ReplyCancel

  • nadine smith

    I am struggling with the thought of starting the whole primary school day to day issues as our grandaughter who lives with us starts “big school “this year , Your school organization station has given me some ideas to make morning life a lot easier thankyouReplyCancel

  • Al

    I struggle at back to school time (& all year through!!) with creating healthy lunchboxes. Two of my kids have disabilities, with associated eating issues that mean there is very little that they can/will eat. The other two aren’t too bad with range of food they can eat, but get bored with my lack of creativity!!! I’m trying to approach it differently this year – trying new ideas from places like the organised housewife, and getting each of them to write a list of lunch box ideas that we can go back to as inspiration wanes through the year.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    I struggle with lunchbox ideas.. What’s fun for a prep is not cool for a secondary student.. Where’s the balance of cool and healthy!ReplyCancel

  • Hedy Chen

    For a not very organized mum, I am overwhelmed with first child starting school, from pulling her out of bed, eating any breakfast and rushing to school on time with healthy lunch paced and everything else… it’s going to be a great challenge!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I struggle with lunch box. Having Miss 12 in high school and wanting to be like everyone else. We allow one lunch order from the canteen a week. It is very frustrating trying to feed correctly.ReplyCancel

  • S.Scarlett

    The routine struggle is real! Especially with teenagers, and an hour later there still not ready due to being used to ‘Lazy Holidays”ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    My 8yo has been attending vacation care over the holidays as we both work full time, so the early morning routine hasn’t changed too much. I think this year I will struggling to comprehend how my daughter is already in Grade 4, over half way through primary school & about to enter that mysterious tween stage! Logistics I can handle, an erratic 9yo- perhaps not!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa

    We struggle with all the usual things when returning to school but mostly I struggle with missing them! ??ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Robertson

    This year will definitely be getting back into routine!!! I work from home, which is great, but our routine has gone waaaaaay out the window this year. My kids are 13 and 9 and things have become very laid back – I think we all needed the break!! Many days I have started work still in my PJs and the kids are just playing games, chilling out together – two more weeks to crack back down on then now!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie S

    We struggle just getting out the door.
    The moment routine starts and my son cannot do his thing he begins to play up. Makes for a challenging morning and that’s before yourself even gets to work.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    The idea of homework is a big one. We are changing schools this year, from a school with a no / low homework policy to a school – where I’m just not sure what to expect! I can see that getting organised will reduce the stress and time spent on homework and give us more time for the good stuff. Thanks for your blog – I have got heaps of great tips here.ReplyCancel

  • Rosslyn T.

    A single Mum with 3 kids all at different schools this year with the struggle of keeping track of 3 kids moving in opposite directions and the demands and policies of 3 schools. It’s going to be a big challenge for me.ReplyCancel

  • Terri Todd

    I struggle with the whole cost of the return to school but my biggest battle is the battle to get the teenager out of bed to get ready for school, it’s an every day batttle.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah de Geeter

    I struggle getting my boys into a routine especially after the long Christmas holiday break!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina S

    Being I work at the school it’s sleep routine for the kids but especially me haha. Getting back to that 6:30 wake up after 6 weeks of whenever I want, i’m not gonna lie breakfast came at lunch time on an occasion… or two. Thankfully my kids love school and I love my job (work in a kindergarten room awww) Thank youReplyCancel

  • Tami

    I struggle with getting kids back into routine, particularly remembering all the extras for each day like sports shirt day and library day, school banking, etc. Also getting them to take ownership of their chores without having to constantly nag tired children.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I struggle with listening to meltdowns, hearing kids say they can’t find items of clothes because they can’t remember where they left it yesterday. I very much struggle with tying a tie to the point where it gets sent to school for the teacher to do and it has to be taken off carefully so it can be reused. I plan to buy a hat stand and have bought drawers so I’m feeling a bit organised. I struggle to get onto the school portal to get info as I can’t remember the password. Getting a child up in the morning involves stacking the dishwasher really loudly. If you have any tips for waking up a heavy sleeper let me know.ReplyCancel

    • Miriam

      I find hauling my kids out of bed, standing them on their feet and marching them to the toilet is the best way to wake them up! 😀ReplyCancel

  • yosie

    The areas I struggle with the most are daily organisation and healthy homemade snacks. I love the Monday to Friday tub idea and am going to try this idea with my 8 year old son and my 5 year old daughter. I love your reading your recipes and blog and want to try out some of these frozen snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    We struggle with getting back into routine after such a lengthy summer holiday I still have one more week to shoe shop, book cover, and review the uniform organisation ?ReplyCancel

  • I struggle with the idea of holidays being over, the freedom of being able to not have a routine and just being able to relax. Having 5 kids it’s nice to have lazy days to just spend with each other. So the idea that it’s ending saddens me.ReplyCancel

  • I struggle with a lot of things. I’m medically retired & my grandson who lives with us is 6yrs old. Getting us both into a matching routine was hard, but we got there in the end. Also the cost of things these days compared to when my kids were in school is crazy, specially when you’re on a super tight budget!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa farmer

    I struggle with getting to school on time as my children wake up so early and play and then don’t want to get ready for school !ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Robinson

    I struggle most with the balance of what the kids want verses what they need. Branded items from the surf shop etc are more expensive than items from the bulk shops like Big W or Kmart but I do understand my kids wanting to have the right stuff socially. This year I have preschool and grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 to prepare for.ReplyCancel

  • pia chamberlain

    I am the mum of 3 beautiful girl age 9, 12 and 14. What I struggled most with each starting school year is the cost involved with buying stationaries, new school shoes, uniforms etc. Our previous school has closed so two of the girls are starting a new school which means new uniforms as well as the normal things needs. To make matters worst my 12 year old now needs orthotics as she was having problems with pain in her legs and hips, so a free pair of quality school shoes will make the world of difference to her and myselfReplyCancel

  • Phillip Cunningham

    It’s getting them used to doing homework, especially after the summer holidays as they have so long off of school and they really haven’t had to do any homework during holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Thomson

    I struggle with getting myself out of bed after weeks of sleeping in!ReplyCancel

  • Racheal M

    Little Miss 10 wanting to walk to school on her own as we live on a busy road and I do not think it is safe at this age. I prefer her to walk with someone well known to me if walking with mum is not the “in” thing for her but not on her ownReplyCancel

  • Deb K

    Getting teenagers up and out of bed
    Need a better going to bed routine
    So we can all get out the door in the morning!ReplyCancel

  • Sheree

    We struggle with the morning and afternoon routine in the first few weeks. As my work locations are unknown until the last minute, it’s often a mad dash to sort out pick up and drop off.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Mc

    I am struggling to get my two to bed earlier. They seem overtired at night but delay bedtime.
    We have been in holiday mode and loving playing cricket after dinner as a family but it’s made bedtime later. Yesterday had dinner earlier to get us on track for next week!! Oh my these holidays have flown by!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna G

    We struggle with enough time for healthy breakfasts – we are out of the house for 7.30am and I have already done the gym for 1 hour before so there is really no time. I make omlette the night before if I am organised! Need to do better as it is such an important meal.ReplyCancel

  • Gillian M

    I am super organised with the getting the kids in a routine, budgeting for school books and uniforms. Spring cleaning all items to see what I can re-use the next year. I even have school bags, lunchboxes and water bottles ready to go.
    What kills the joy of back to school and what I really struggle with is the homework. We go for weeks without the homework which you have to admit is BLISS. But when the kids go back to school they start bringing home assignments, homework and reading books. While I fully support this, I hate that it sucks up time we could be outdoors enjoying the sunshine together.ReplyCancel

  • Tate

    The struggle for us is getting back into the routine of school drop off, pickups and after school activities (sport, music, art, drama). Its great to have a 6 week break from running the kids around to their different activities each week, so its a struggle to get into the routine of doing this again.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I struggle to remember that each child has matured over the summer holidays and is ready to take on more responsibility than they had last year – including tasks around the house, but also handling things like walking home alone from school, or visiting our elderly neighbours. Everyone is growing up so fast, but it’s easy to forget to adjust up our expectations of our kids as they grow up. That’s my challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Marshall

    With 4 country kids ranging from 6 to 13, apart from routine, my biggest struggle is getting them back into school shoes. I love the fact that my kids can run bare foot over gravel,(In fact I’m sure they can run faster bare foot), but it sure makes it a struggle to get them back into school shoes.ReplyCancel

  • I really struggle with getting school shoes. The school is fairly strict on style and colour, and my son has Tourette’s syndrome which makes shoe shopping even harder. He gets anxious and starts ticcing, and linked to his condition, he is super sensitive to touch, so he will find a problem with every shoe hurting him in some way. It’s a very stressful time.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Cusack

    I struggle with keeping up with lunch ideas that the children dont get sick of.ReplyCancel

  • Misty Campbell

    My struggle is always remembering what is on each day. We are a very busy household with both parents working full time and I often forget it’s library day etc. I feel terrible when I forget these things!
    My other struggle is most definitely the lunch box!!! They seem to be set on the same thing day in day out and I would LOVE to have some ideas to mix it up a bit and give them some variety!!!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    We am a school parent virgin this year so it’s all a learning curve! Think the lunches are ok but we struggled to get the correct stationary supplies just from one place, 4 shops, $$$$$$ and hours later but we got there in the end! First world problem yes, it’s just all so new and I want my son to go fully prepared with the correct things required. Wish us luck the first day!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Patch

    The struggle in our household is convincing our two (2) year 7’s that it will be much easier if they get back into the routine of getting ready for school the week before school starts. Today we start, and by next week there will be no grumps when the alarm goes off at 5.30am, fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I struggle with getting back to a routine of school lunch’s, getting to bed on time, getting everyone up in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Ush

    We struggle with getting back into the routine of things, getting the girls to wake up on time (they have no trouble in the holidays but once school starts suddenly they want to sleep in) and getting back into homework and sight words.ReplyCancel

  • Lunch boxes!!!! The purchase of good ones which mean I don’t need to go through hundreds of plastic bags and filling it with healthy options that are as fun and interesting as the coloured, sweetened unhealthy rubbish “my friends get!!” It feels like this goes on all year! Help!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie

    I struggle with routine and getting out of the house in a timely manor. Without resorting too using the “numbers”.ReplyCancel

  • Juanita Pereira

    As a full-time working working mum I struggle most with adjusting to a morning routine of healthy breakfasts, getting ready, school drop off, driving to work and even trying to get a quick work out somwhere in between!ReplyCancel

  • Selina

    Patience! My real struggle each day is with myself. My son suffers from anxiety so it’s important that I keep calm in the mornings no matter how rushed we are. I try to be appear calm (like a duck paddling madly with its legs whilst appearing serene on the surface of a pond), but it’s something that I really struggle with.ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    As them starting school means I have to go back to work, I struggle with balancing organisation (getting everything done that needs to be done) and spending time with the kids.
    Im not looking forward to having to get back into the swing of morning routines and homework either. I’m not great with that. Here’s hoping I can get myself sorted with this early on this year.ReplyCancel

  • Gail

    Having creative, healthy food lunches for the whole year – Brain food, first lunch (main), second lunch (snack). Foods that are healthy, fresh, low in sugar, fat, salt & not a sandwich every day. No packaged items. Please help!ReplyCancel

  • I struggle the most with the fact that they are going back to school! I love having them home and hanging out with them! There’s a bit of sadness to the first day because I have to wait till the weekend to get some good time with them!!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    I will be struggling with creative healthy ideas for lunches that kids want to eat.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Separation anxiety, not my grade 3 child but my toddler and myself!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Returning to school means the return of the dreaded “homework”. I’m not looking forward to it and I have a feeling the kids aren’t either!!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria Braund

    I struggle with lunch box ideas. My kids sometimes get bored with what I put in their lunch boxes!ReplyCancel

  • Frances Whiting

    Waking up with enthusiasm! That’s my biggest struggle. I have for boys with a fairly fixed routine, same lunches to pack day in and day out (they don’t like change). The other struggle is remembering who does what on which day – if it isn’t written on our calendar it doesn’t happen! Thanks for the opportunity to win a bike, my second youngest had just outgrown his and we’ve been looking for a new one. Fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Healthy lunch ideas that the kids will eat and don’t cost a fortune or come in a packet.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    I struggle with getting my 2 boys ready on time without fights, flicking clothes at each other, generally doing everything except what they are mean’t to be doing. I’ve bribed, taken away Xbox time, encouraged, yelled.
    Not looking forward to the first weekReplyCancel

  • Ally

    Getting back into the early morning rush again! Balancing going back to work and doing chores and lunch boxes.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    Its the daily routines that are time bound that we struggle with. Thats when the arguments start!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi Bartlett

    My biggest struggle is the logistics of the first morning. 4 boys to 2 schools loaded with books and supplies….its a challenge. Drop master high school off first…easy. Who’s next? First bell goes…right we have 10minutes to get 3 to class. Luckily this year master grade 1 and master grade 2 are opposite each other in the corridor. Master grade 1 still needs that mummy comfort to settle in so probably drop him next. Master ‘super sensitive and emotional’ grade 2 needs extra time because he just loves being with me and needs a little bit extra tlc. But I still need to speak to master grade 5 with ASD’S teacher so he knows how to look out for his anxieties and understand his traits. I really dont need a meltdown or him running off on the first day so I must make sure we are on the same page and he is happy before I leave.
    All that for a family that love the school holidays and really don’t like them ending…..welcome to the chaos that is day 1.ReplyCancel

    • Miriam

      I have an idea that might be worth doing. Perhaps call the school and arrange to come in a couple of days before the school term starts. Then you can introduce your kids to their new classrooms and teachers and fill the teachers in on anything they should know about your child/children. I’m sure the teachers will be really glad of the opportunity to have the initial chat over with. They are crazy busy on that first morning with 25 new kids and 25 new parents each trying to tell them about their child. XxReplyCancel

  • Gloria Habkouk

    I struggle with sending them to bed at the earlier school bedtime, 8pm. They don’t like going to bed earlier since they have been having late nights with friends during the holidays. They also will not like seeying daylight outside whey they go to bed since the sun has been going down 8.30pm these days.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie O

    Thanks for the chance to Win!
    Back to school brings a challenge to our family with the nut exclusion in our school! We are pretty much on a paleo diet and having nuts excluded makes for tricky eating at school! It just means being super organised and having extra snacks when they get home…ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Most definitely the lunch box! I really struggle with finding different healthy options to include. I seem to find great ideas but use them too often and the kids get bored and don’t eat it. I really need to get some fresh ideas and change them out regularly. I also need to develop a good system make preparation easier every morning.ReplyCancel

  • Carli

    To help our budget, health and the planet we took the plunge and sold our second car. Unfortunately, all the meal planning and incredible organising tips in the world won’t shuffle our big boy along when he doesn’t want to do the long walk to school!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Best

    Sleep routines. We live on the west coast of south australia. It is hard to get kids to go to bed when it is nearly 9pm (due to daylight savings) when the sun goes down.ReplyCancel

  • Scott C

    Having to get used to the fact the house will be empty all day and both sides of the fence will miss each other all day is not easy. Which means focus on activities and preparation for them for the ‘return’.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Nelson

    This is the opportunity for new changes but establishing new routines to be more environmentally friendly, healthy choices and activity building in realistic fashions are my challenges with the start of a new school year.ReplyCancel

  • Miriam

    We’re a homeschooling family so my main struggle is a little different. I struggle most with becoming overwhelmed at the amount of work the kids will get through during the coming year. I then worry that I’ll get too far behind in housework to keep our home functioning, and become too tired to cook healthy meals each day. I think housework and meal prep are universal mummy struggles though. I definitely find that doing the daily tasks from The Organised Housewife help to make me feel that I’m not a complete housewife failure! Haha! It also helps to motivate me to put in that little bit of extra effort to do certain tasks daily (one load of clothes washing, kids make their beds and pick up toys as well as vacuuming two rooms eachReplyCancel

    • Miriam

      Please delete this comment – my actual reply is below. I must have accidentally bumped the “post comment” button too soon. Bizarre that I was able to finish it and post it anyway! Haha. Silly technology 😉ReplyCancel

  • sally anderson

    Trying to get my 5 children up early and stop sleeping in and getting them to go to sleep at a reasonable time at nightReplyCancel

  • Miriam

    We’re a homeschooling family so my main struggle is a little different. I struggle most with becoming overwhelmed at the amount of work the kids will get through during the coming year. I then worry that I’ll get too far behind in housework to keep our home functioning, and become too tired to cook healthy meals each day. I think housework and meal prep are universal mummy struggles though. I definitely find that doing the daily tasks from The Organised Housewife helps to make me feel that I’m not a complete housewife failure! Haha! It also helps to motivate me to put in that little bit of extra effort to do certain tasks daily (one load of clothes washing, kids make their beds and pick up toys as well as them vacuuming two rooms each (four kids, so 8 rooms daily), and thinking ahead to remove meat from the freezer in good time for dinner). By doing these tasks my stress levels are reduced considerably so I cope a lot better with dedicating my energy and time to focus on my kids’ lessons.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    The fees that hit you the first week. Not the yearly normal fees but the surprise ones eg: camp will be in 3 weeks etcReplyCancel

  • Ashley Beech

    Getting up early every day is the part I struggle with the most, everything else is a breeze!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    Getting them (and me) moving in the morning – in non holiday mode speed! I begin waking late sleepers earlier (which unfortunately also does mean me!!) and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to rise when school begins.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Wall

    I have nightmares about covering all those books, tackling the Contact again for another year!ReplyCancel

  • Shylee

    My morning routine, getting up in time to get lunches, and help children pack bags, do homework etc. Me mainly. And strong enough to keep to strict rules on technology etc.ReplyCancel

  • I struggle with the afternoon routines. Homework, snacks, preparing tea etc. I have a son in grade 3 and I have another starting prep this year (and also a very demanding 3yo!) I struggle to share my time with them all!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie F

    I struggle with getting them out of bed in time to eat breakfast. I pack their lunchboxes the night before so that is sorted.ReplyCancel

  • Sacha P

    Getting them back into good sleep habits (going to bed earlier and getting up when I ask)… this year I’ve started the process a week or so out from returning to school and invested in a Nerf gun in case I have some reluctant stragglers.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I struggle with having to go to several different shops with my four children to get everything organised- uniform shop, shoe shop, booklist shop, lunch boxes, marker pens for labelling everthing etc.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    We have struggled this year with getting items that school has requested and school shoes for my eldest daughter who is starting highschool this year.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    I struggle with getting my three teens into all of their routines/habits again. Getting to bed on time, getting up in time, prepping bags, clothes and lunches the night before, homework schedules whilst still maintaining their basic chores. They are all great kids but we all have ADD/ADHD which makes us easily distracted and our organisation and time management skills are ‘put to the test’ for the first couple of weeks until we get back into the groove. They catch a bus at 7:45 for a 25 km trip so if things are not done in time it’s a problem…… Usually resulting in them going without something or me having to drive a 50km round trip. Lol. Ho hum.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Chorovski

    The thing I struggle with the most is getting back into some kind of morning routine – this includes getting lunches made that are healthy and that they will actually eat, and getting out of the house on time with shoes on (they are generally at opposite ends of the house!) and bags packed.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I struggle with contacting school textbooks :( No matter how careful I am I always get air bubbles. It drives me NUTS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    The hardest part for me is getting back into the swing of the morning rush around – waking them up, breakfast, getting ready for school on time, making lunches. I always end up yelling them, and we leave the house on a bad note….ReplyCancel

  • shadow88

    Leaving their mum for 6 hours every weekday – they just love me too much!ReplyCancel

  • My struggle is missing my son when he’s at school , I enjoy every moment I got with my son, times goes too fast they grow too quickReplyCancel

  • Tamara

    I am a single Mum with a 5 year old son starting school this year………….. my main worries are the costs involved and trying to think of healthy lunch box ideas. Ur help has been amazing so far with all the tips and tricks that you advertise. Looking forward to a lot more!! Thankyou xxReplyCancel

  • Greg

    Definitely getting the whole family back into a routine after such a long break, hot days and daylight saving.ReplyCancel

  • Definitely the lunch boxes are going to be my greatest struggle. Trying to make it balanced, yet a little fun. Is there enough – have I packed too much. Balance between being wasteful and not giving them enough food to get them through the day. Making sure the pantry is stocked, making sure I am organised to do the grocery and the baking!! I suppose as mums – we do as we tell out kids – just do our best!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    I struggle with the endless amounts of paperwork that come home. Keeping it all organised and having all forms/notes returned to the correct places by the correct dates, etc. I only have 4 kids at school this year but I feel like I need to devote a whole room in my house just to keep school stuff organised…lol.ReplyCancel

  • Nadene Walsh

    My oldest is moving from daycare to kindy and I am struggling with the idea of shorter days. Finding it hard to arrange after school care so I can keep working and so that I am confident he is well cared for.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsie

    I guess I struggle most with keeping calm whilst trying to get 6 kids out the front door before 8am. 4 are school age and I also have a baby and toddler. I’m normally quite organised which helps immensely but my husband is away 6 days a week so exhaustion is a big factor in my life and any mother knows that when you’re exhausted even the most simple of things can feel like a struggle!ReplyCancel

  • Nata

    Getting back to a routine is never a pleasure as those long nights we treasured. Waking up early instead of sleeping in is something we have to get used to again.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Clarke

    Getting the mob up out of bed is going to be a big challenge next week. Not looking forward to thatReplyCancel

  • Pat

    My struggle is getting master 11grandson up and ready to go when grandad is ready to walk out the door to drop him off on the way to work and in the afternoon encouraging him to do homework before mummy gets home. They live with us ATM and she leaves for work most days between 6and 7. and gets home at similar times..All ideas welcome as sometimes I just feel a little old to routinely be doing this no matter how much I love him.ReplyCancel

  • Lucia Saal

    I struggle with getting her out of bed. She’s a great sleeper so after a few weeks of sleeping in back to school is a real struggle!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha McDonald

    I struggle getting some balance and routine back into my kids, there harder to get up in the morning, then start the after school activities, getting back into home work mode, its harder to get them to bed with daylight savings and they end up not sleeping which starts the whole early morning whine I’m tired can’t i sleep longerReplyCancel

  • JJ

    Getting out the door on time! We have HOURS to get ready, we’re up by 630am & don’t need to leave til 9am. What are we doing wrong?! It can’t be that hard!!ReplyCancel

  • AnneC

    I struggle with all that free time, the chance to eat what I like without sharing, going to adult movies – it’s just too hard!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Ginn

    Being a working mum, I struggle to find the time to make creative lunches that I see in so many other lunchboxes!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline

    Routines! Getting back into good routines with the kids. This year it’s harder as I’m not only going to continue being a working mum – I am going to start university to retrain for a new career as a teacher. So, now i have to organise the household – school, before and after school clubs, meals, house, etc (like all parents) as well as study. So, routines will be huge for the whole family.ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    I struggle with getting my kids up in the morning and getting a good breakfast into them. They are both heavy sleepers and the eldest (7) has troubles eating first thing in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Tess Howard

    For some reason, seems like the kids spend the first 2-4 weeks of back to school acting up at home. They test us more. I think its because they are tired, and back around other kids who may be showing them some ‘tricks’ and a bit of attitude. It just feels like a struggle to remind them of our rules on etiquette and proper behaviour. (sigh) Every.Year.Always!!ReplyCancel

  • julie bennett

    I most struggle with the “empty nest syndrome”
    miss 13 miss 12 and master 4 all off to school and mummy stays home, its quiet and makes me ponder what to do all day.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    My biggest struggle is lunches – not only thinking of different things each day to stop them being bored but also keeping it healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    It’s me, having to be showered and looking presentable for the school drop-off! That’s definitely the worst thing, followed by simply missing my daughter, whose company I love!ReplyCancel

  • Nat

    Like most other parents the morning routine is definitely the biggest struggle. My older child who should be able to dress and carry out simple chores independently often refuses to do so wanting to be like her baby brother! I really don’t like fighting with my children first thing in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Connerty

    I struggle most with creative lunch box ideas. I’m not a very good cook and find that once I have a recipe down pat then I just stick to it. I’m also a boring cook so will always do the standard sandwich for lunch. My kids are always asking for something new for lunch but I struggle for ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Dale K

    Oh the thought of having my days revolve around the hours of 9 and 3, makes my heart sink just thinking about it now. I really do love hanging out with my kids on the holidays and not having those time restrictions.ReplyCancel

  • Summer Hinaki-McDade

    getting them back to an earlier bed time and falling off to sleep, especially with a public holiday (Australia Day) the day before back to school!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Dare I admit it? My biggest struggle will be getting myself out of bed after enjoying the summer holiday sleep-ins. The children and I are all running and least 3 hours behind “term time” so returning to our school routine is going to take a big effort. This year I’ll have two in primary school, one starting kinder and one at home. I can get everyone out the door on time so long as I’m up and ready before I wake the kids. Good luck surviving the first few weeks of term everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Routine – more myself than them! Although this year it might be organizing supplies – just tried the lads ascent’s on and they’re too small – still in great condition though!ReplyCancel

  • Shaaron

    I really struggle with staying on top of all the School Uniforms, Sports Clothes & their uniforms for partime jobs. I am finding my washing machine is going constantly.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna H

    With the busy routine of school, homework, after school activities and requests for screen time, I struggle to make sure we all have quality time together as a family as well as down time so we’re all fresh and ready to learn the next day. Whatever life may bring :)ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    I struggle most with coordinating the children’s activities, work and meal planning. Also the big hit of expenses at the beginning of term.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    OMG choosing the kids lunch boxes. They’re either too small or too big. Not easy to wash and dry or too hard to open and close.

  • KylieD

    I struggle with the sheer volume of work to be done.

    Dinner, lunches for the next day x 5 people, dinner prep for the next night so I don’t arrive home from work and hit panic mode, clean up, supervising homework, ensuring clean uniforms for all, getting them to sports training, weekend games, swimming……. and the list goes on.

    I was trying so very hard to hold onto my Happy Holiday Feeling but I think the reality of school starting again next week is fast sinking in!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Robson

    We struggle with getting back into a morning routine to have everyone ready and out of the door on time. Also having fresh bread available for sandwiches, and this year we have the added issue of a sugar and additive free diet for my son.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Markwell

    I struggle with the guilt I feel because I get excited knowing I can have some “me time” again. Selfish but honest.ReplyCancel

  • Nazrin Black

    There are 2 things that I struggle with regarding back to school. 1- routine. We have a routine but do I start it a few days before or on the first day???? 2- lunches. I have 2 extremely picky eaters so trying to get them excited about lunch and actually eat it is very difficult.ReplyCancel

  • Emmerlee

    Just starting out on the schooling journey here, but it is currently a battle to encourage an early bed time knowing a stricter routine with getting up earlier will be required in just over a week from now!ReplyCancel

  • Gaelle

    For the last few years the little one has gone to childcare where food was supplied so when time for “big boy” school came I was (for the last year) struggling in pretty much every area (food, routine organisation) until I found your website.
    I feel now prepared for the worse with all your amazing ideas!
    But the best, and the most helpful for me, are the frozen part of this.
    I love it so much… Thank you Kat, you are my life saver!ReplyCancel

  • Skye

    I struggle with all of the supplies! It’s a bit like having a baby all over again – there are so many things you could buy, but what do you really need, and what will sit there collecting dust on the desk? I love cute stationery but it can all be overkill.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Finding a routine that works, its a bit like snakes and ladders, some days up others we slide right down!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I definitely struggle with the school fees as they are required to be paid at the beginning of the year for the whole year. Also getting back into the morning school routine and the homework routine is quite difficult.ReplyCancel

  • Eva

    I seriously struggle in buying school shoes for my girl
    My precious one is growing so big, my mind is in a whirl
    Her feet are getting so large with each passing year
    From school shoes to runners I am living in fear
    As each day passes her gorgeous feet grow
    I am wondering when this growth spurt will slow
    She almost has the same size feet as me
    Which has left me wondering how can this be
    For my 10 year old daughter to be the same as her Mum
    I’m picturing us sharing shoes in the years to come
    So you ask me the question what I struggle with and why
    And my answer is definitely shoes but the main struggle (which kind of makes me want to cry)
    Is plain and simple that my little girl is growing up so funny, strong and beautiful
    And it makes my heart ache with pride and love that I created this girl who is so very special!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Lamb

    Getting everyone back into routine. We tend to slack off a fair bit during holidays and it normally takes a week or so to get back in the groove!ReplyCancel

  • tessa

    shoes for my 14 yr old massive footReplyCancel

  • Karina

    I struggle with getting my son to sleep and then up in the mornings. He has always struggled to get to sleep at night, commonly falling asleep around 10 or 11pm!!! We’ve tried everything over the years and our doctor says it is just who he is but it means he can be tired at school and his teacher says his works sometimes doesn’t get finished. :-(ReplyCancel

  • Emma Puszkar

    The drops offs, it’s difficult to negotiate not dropping them off too early, but making it to work on time!ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I’m struggling to get to the shops to get my kids fitted. My daughter is currently in hospital and my son is freaking out I haven’t done the school shopping. I shouldn’t have thrown out last years school shoes ?ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    The dreaded lunch box returns again! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jennalee Izzard

    Im always feeling the pressure to come up with fun new healthy snack ideas.
    I dont want my son to feel like the odd out because he has “boring” fruit salad instead of tiny teddies like the other kids for exampleReplyCancel

  • Jody Ulrich

    I struggle most with healthy and variety of lunchbox ideas. Need to be organised for this, shop in advance and prepare things and get back into the routine of an earlier breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    We struggle getting back into routine after having so much fun, no structure and free reign on the holidays! Getting to school on time, after school activities and homework with young kids (and a mum that is not a morning person ?) can be a nightmare…add to that add kindy drop off this year too!!

    Supplies and uniforms are all pretty straight forward and easy to order through the school and online.

    Shoes…athletes foot!ReplyCancel

  • Tara

    It might sound funny, but the thing I struggle with most when the kids return to school is my husband’s resistance to follow school routine.

    If we follow morning/afternoon routines everything generally runs swimmingly with minimal assistance (yelling) from me. The weekly planner tells the kids what they need each day so nothing is forgotten and a school bag checklist ensures they have put the daily essentials in (e.g. school hat, lunch, drink bottle etc…)

    as soon as my husband gets involved in before/after school kid stuff he just blanches at following routines and basically just gets everyone upset, angry, disorganised and things get forgotten. In case his resistance to routine was that he felt it was all about what I wanted I’ve asked for his feedback on ways to make them more efficient only to be told “I’m not as organised as you” – ARGH!!!

    Any help with sorting out the husband (other than divorce) would be much appreciated :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda S

    Walking up the hill to the school. I love it but my son is either dawdling behind or running ahead and my voice gets hoarse yelling ‘come on’ or ‘slow down’. But we eventually find a pace to suit us both, usually just before the end of term.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Bardsley

    Staying one step ahead of the lunches, washing, cooking, after school activities, readers, homework, basketball and fitting in three days of work!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne Marshall

    My son struggles to wake up in time for school, regardless on what action I take, like an alarm and even tried having a rooster in the backyard, Shaylan, even slept through that but the hens’ eggs were a hit.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Pratt

    Trying to get my Son to eat some breakfast for energy. I think I have nearly purchased every cereal possible off the self. We are trying some healthy smoothies which he seems to be liking.ReplyCancel

  • Teena L

    I struggle getting the girls back into a routine of going to bed early and waking up early! I have to admit I let them relax a bit when they are on holidays and they are allowed to stay up reading and my 11 year old has been taking full advantage. We have started this week trying to get her back into it but she is struggling, I can see me having to lie with her until she sleeps for the first few nights!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Taylor

    I don’t think of life as a struggle but some days the challenges are greater than other days. Motivation, energy and patience are on my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • Jade O

    Uniforms are such a pain. I get the school shop and they have nothing left in the size I need so I will go to the department stores and they will have no stock left. Or i can only find summer clothes in winter or winter clothes in summer. Its as if it never wants to co-operate with me lol!ReplyCancel

  • Megs

    First term of this year will see us struggling with the morning routine, having a new baby in the house along with a toddler will mean serious chaos for my little man going into year 1. We will need to really work on team work and organisation this year!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancee Biviano

    Getting them back into a routine (and shoes for that matter) after a long summer break.ReplyCancel

  • I struggle with healthy preservative and additive free lunch box ideas. Particularly snacks. I don’t buy packet foodReplyCancel

  • Vivian Di Biasi

    My struggle financially, purchasing new uniforms for the year ahead as they have grown so much through out the summer holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Karla

    I agree with just about all of the above comments. My struggle with my Miss 8 is her hair!! She has fine hair around her face and is growing out her fringe, and I struggle with keeping it out of her eyes and face. She hates those small rubber elastics in her hair, and always takes out a clip if I put one in. It’s very frustrating!
    Thanks for your awesome posts Kat. You’re doing an amazing job. ?ReplyCancel

  • Karla

    I agree with just about all of the above comments. My struggle with my Miss 8 is her hair!! She has fine hair around her face and is growing out her fringe, and I struggle with keeping it out of her eyes and face. She hates those small rubber elastics in her hair, and always takes out a clip if I put one in. It’s very frustrating!
    Thanks for your awesome posts Kat. You’re doing an amazing job. ?ReplyCancel

  • Helena L

    I struggle just trying to pronounce the teachers’ names! Last year it was Miss Wolujewics and the year before it was Miss Djendjenovic!!ReplyCancel

  • Murniyati MY

    This year my child will start pre-primary (WA). She had a hard time being away from me in kindy last year. I am struggling with preparing her (and me) for full time school separation anxiety. I am also struggling with getting her into routine again.ReplyCancel

  • sam

    By the start of a new year, I’ve forgotten all my great lunch ideas and it takes me a while to get them back again. But lots of complaining until I do.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I struggle with getting out of bed, it hurts my head,
    To get to school on time, I hope it will be fine,
    Quickly go the hours, I wish I had suoer powers.ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene

    We struggle with getting back into routines of getting up and being out the door early, along with getting everyone’s homework done in the afternoon. I have 6 kids with 5 at school this year. Hearing all those readers everyday… they take a while to get through.ReplyCancel

  • lara morello

    I struggle with my 4 year old not making the walk to my older son’s school just 5 minutes from home. Whether he walks, scooters or cycles I always have to carry him (and his transport)home!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Reid

    I struggle with getting my kids to get back into routine of going to bed early so that we are up early getting ready for school. Nothing worse than the kids being tired and we are rushing around like crazies!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    The school cross country which is 3rd week into term. I have to get Mr 5 (whose little legs just aren’t made for stamina) around a 1 km course. Perhaps Ascent could give him a little boost!ReplyCancel

  • Charisse Childs

    I struggle with lunchbox ideas, with fussy kids I want to ensure they still get their healthy food, so it ends up being the same food everyday. I’d love to change his food to give him something different and more exciting but it just won’t get eaten.ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Martins

    I struggle with getting the kids to actually want to go back to school. It’s the worst right after the summer school holidays because they have been off for so long they don’t want to go back.ReplyCancel

  • caterina ielasi

    I think I will struggle with the seperation at first, even though I’m looking forward to it. My only child starts kindy this year so it’s a big first in my life, although I know she will take it all in her stride. I will love the time getting back into work mode but know I will miss her terribly for a while. As a single mum, all we have is each other <3ReplyCancel

  • Janette Machin

    I’m not a baker (actually I’m a walking disaster in the kitchen). So I need easy and foolproof recipes that can made on the weekend and frozen. Usually my child just gets prepackaged snacks from the supermarket because nothing I make is as nice as those. I’d love to be able to make him things that taste similar but without all the preservatives.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Edwards

    We struggle with shoe shopping my 10 year old is so picky still yet to find some she likesReplyCancel

  • Shona

    I struggle with finding ideas for healthy lunches and snacks that my kids will eat and get enough energy to keep them going.ReplyCancel

  • Kerryanne bourke

    going back to “boring old lunches” with no hot and yummy treatsReplyCancel

  • Jennie

    We all struggle with the ASCENT back into routine.
    No more staying up late OR sleeping in
    with brunch in between.ReplyCancel

  • Louise T

    Easing back into routine. Trying to be creative with healthy school lunches that they will actually eat. After school activities for all my three kids, and ensuring they have enough down time for play dates and homework!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    the transition from having them home full time to being at school full time….I always struggle as I love having them home and hate spending so much time away from eachother…odd I knowReplyCancel

  • Amy Hannah

    Early mornings- back to the grind,
    Hardest struggle I find.
    Bleary-eyed kids want to sleep in,
    Impossible when school will begin!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole W

    I miss my kids….

    But I don’t miss refereeing duties :)ReplyCancel

  • For my its trying to find quality school shoes that don’t cost an earth but also that I don’t have to replace by the end of term 1!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Stewart

    For me it’s getting their rooms clean again after the chaos of Christmas & the holidaysReplyCancel

  • Lucy

    This year we’ll struggle with working out a morning routine that will get us out of the house and to school on time.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Not getting anymore sleep ins.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ryan

    I struggle most with being organised. I have good intentions but they usually fall by the wayside and mornings can be chaotic!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Roberts

    I struggle to get school bags unpacked properley, missing tupperware, spoons and notes, only to be found post an eve t or the 11th hour!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Cowling

    Moving from 2 days of work to 5 will mean I need to be a SUPER Organised Housewife. Four primary school aged kids and hubby who works long hours. More recipes for quick and easy workday evenings would be appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle finucane

    What I struggle with?
    Keeping the oxygen mask on myself.
    ie. Staying on track after an unplanned-for, early morning wake up (such as 4.00am, due to illness, wet bed, or “no reason”…
    It’s dark, & too early to pretend it’s morning & getup, with my almost kindy-ready cherub.
    If I lie in bed with them, they inevitably wriggle around for an hour or two, so still no sleep for either of us.
    And either way, I often lose my fabulous morning attitude, as I’m rallying hard against staritng the day in a funk. I watch my momentum for my “mumma-time” (yoga, mediation, quiet cuppa, dishwasher unpacked!) ) slip thru my fingers, with the shock of my cherubs alert cranky pants they have slipped on.ReplyCancel

  • Abby Lee

    Finding time to make lunchboxesReplyCancel

  • Karla Oleinikoff

    Making lunches. 2 boys with Autism who both have food sensory issues, and an older Miss who thinks fruit is secretly a boomerang in disguise. Thank goodness younger Miss eats what I make her, even though she doesn’t have a wide diet herself.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Matthews

    ugh! Lunch boxes! I dread packing lunch boxes.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Cervenjak

    I know I will stuggle with lunckbox ideas. My boys are polar opposites when eating foods, and it’s amazing how much other school kids influence what your kids will eat as well ?ReplyCancel

  • Shandel

    I struggle with lunchbox ideas. My youngest is starting full time this year so now there is another lunchbox to fill!
    I have been looking around your site and there are heaps of great ideas here though, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Mikaela C

    Making lunches everyday, because it’s hard to keep it interestingReplyCancel

  • Leanne Westerling

    I struggle with getting my child enthusiastic about the start of a new school year. He’s fairly new to the are and didn’t have much chance to make many friends last year.ReplyCancel

  • Alysse Heiler

    I struggle with choosing what show or book to catch up on first!ReplyCancel

  • Sally Bright

    This year I have really struggled with getting my son ready for his first year of high school. Not only are there all the extra expenses, new uniforms, two pairs of shoes (!) and extra books, there is his excitement and anxiety at the same time. He doesn’t cope well with change so we have been trying to prepare himself the best we can, but there is only so much you can do for a boy starting high school and wanting his independence. My daughter has been very supportive. They are both looking forward to getting back to school.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda B

    I struggle with the actual fit of school shoes for my kids. Sometimes my kids feet are in-between sizes (shoes rub on heels giving epic blisters) or the shoe is heavy and too rigid (aching feet) or just too narrow. After reading about the Ascent shoe range, I’m quite impressed, they sound like the solution to fitting/comfort problems we get with regular school shoes :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Bosnjak

    Hi, My little one is starting prep, and I have been worried about what to pack for his lunch. You never know how much they will eat, and what the teachers consider “healthy”. Your website has given me plenty of ideas. Saved in favourites in google toolbar! Spent the day baking cookies for kids and hubby, savoury muffins, and will do pinwheels tonight. Exhausted!!! At my hubby’s suggestion and with the use of your website, I wrote out a five day meal plan alternating your baked goods in each day. Hoping this plan works. Any other tips?ReplyCancel

  • Eva

    You ask me what I struggle with the most and why
    When my babies return to school and I wave good-bye
    It isnt about lack of sleep-ins or inventive lunches for me
    Its all about time passing as they grow so beautifully
    Miss 10 and Master 8 soon to be walking out the door
    Heading to their new school this year. We’re all nervous for sure
    We are hoping for the best but anxiety is high
    I’m going to keep myself together till in the car I sit and cry
    As my two walk together, leaning on each other for strength
    And I sit and ponder how it is that time has passed at such great length
    So what I struggle with isnt just any one thing
    Its letting them go when all I want to them is clingReplyCancel

  • Rosemarie De Bari

    The sheer misery of getting them up and out the door on time everyday! How many times can I say “brush your teeth please” before I curl into a whimpering ball on the loungeroom floor……ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Fehmel

    I struggle with having to always be home at the right time to collect them from school. The days are never long enough to go out for the day.ReplyCancel

  • jess cook

    I struggle getting up at 7am…..not the kids but me lol they are pretty good at waking up early and getting breakie packing bags and getting dressed. Poor mum just has to get out of holiday modeReplyCancel

  • Al Chirico

    I struggle most with not having my girls home with me. I really enjoy school holidays and feel they fly. I enjoy just hanging out with them and making the most of our days.ReplyCancel

  • Fi raw

    Getting up early and us back into a sleep routine for school as we tend to progressively stay up later and lie in during the Summer school holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline

    The early nights and early starts are the worst. Hubby leaves at 5am and only gets home at seven, so on school nights there isn’t a lot of time for children to spend with Daddy, and neither of them are that keen on the early mornings. ?? so we love holidays and great quality family moments.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gover

    I struggle with juggling the schedule – wanting to encourage each son to have a well rounded extra curricular time table; a sport, art/music and community service per child but with trying to find work and having primary taxi responsibility it’s a real struggle. I also want to encourage my kids to take up the oportuntites but I dont want to be seen as a pushy partent.ReplyCancel

  • patricia

    i struggle most with lunchbox ideas with my youngest as she is a very fussy eater!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    As I’ve been getting the kids ready to go back to school, the cost of new shoes and uniforms are the biggest struggle. Everything is so expensive when you want to buy good quality items especially shoes.ReplyCancel

  • sarah fairley

    Getting them out of holiday mode and up and ready for school on timeReplyCancel

  • Kate Gibbon

    The practical things I will struggle with is getting them back into the routine of early nights, early mornings and homework. The 6 week summer break is my favourite time of the year because there is no rush, no stress and I get to hang out with my three gorgeous kids most days (when I am not working grrr). Therefore, the real thing I will struggle with is them not being around.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Defiantly the nighttime routine! I try and start their routine about a week before school goes back. It’s a tough one especially when the weather is so lovely & they want to play outdoors till late.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Cohen

    Getting my three kids back to school, whether from summer or from mid-year breaks, is a challenge when it comes to their sleeping routines. No matter how hard I work to slowly get them back to waking up on time, they are resist and then we have days and days of crankiness to live with. More recently, my kids have had to learn to make their own lunches. They now struggle with “what to make for lunch, Mom?!” and I am glad to be (mostly) done with that task! Woohoo!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Pettit

    Walking the kids to school – not! We live across the road ? I struggle with finding a pair of shoes to fit my daughter as she has a small narrow foot! & packing their lunches as my eldest is a fussy eater!ReplyCancel

  • My baby girl is 5 and about to start Prep
    My 2nd child is 7 and already knows the steps,
    But what i struggle with most is my 13 year old son,
    He struggles, he hides, he feels school isn’t fun.

    I struggle to to make lunches, I struggle to stay on time,
    I struggle to inform his teachers of the walls he climbs.
    But I see his courage, I feel his kind heart,
    For Autism is a gift, which will not allow us to part.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Little one starts kindy this year and I will struggle with lunch ideas as they have intolerances.ReplyCancel

Having a simple, regular morning routine and clearly defined, easy-to-access homes for school related belongings are the two most important contributors to successful, low stress school mornings in Christie from Childhood 101’s home.

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  • Jen

    This is fantastic, I have been thinking I should create something, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      It helps so much, i think we would be lost without ours. Would love to see a pic once you create yours, Jen.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    We have recently had our fifth child, but before that we bought the quad launch pad from Stuffmasters after seeing it here. It has been fantastic, it fits in our laundry, has a whiteboard on each pod that the school age kids write their activities, library & sport days etc on, great bag space and a drawer for their school & sports shoes plus swim bag.

    We’ve also had a clear routine (with pictures) since our eldest started school 5 years ago.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    There are so many elements of this post that I implemented when my now nearly 20yo was in preschool. And they are still in place. I still have a launch pad so I can just grab my stuff and go in a matter of moments. The kids have their own version in their rooms these days.

    A morning routine and list of daily “special” activities is such a helpful structure for kids who find it difficult to organise themselves. This just works so well for those kids! I wish all the parents of my students would set this up in their homes. It sets kids up to succeed!ReplyCancel

    • Dee

      Tracey, is there any chance you can post photos of your kids ones they have set up in their bedroom please – ThanksReplyCancel

  • This is one area I need to be more organised! I just can’t seem to get going in the mornings. Thanks for these great tips!ReplyCancel

loads of tips for the first day of school through to the settling in period.

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  • Thank you for having me here again on The Organised Housewife Kat at such an important time of the year! Starting school is a huge event and I’m sure that it’s high on the agenda in many families’ households right now. Best wishes to all of the new school students in 2016 and their parents too! It’s a whole new world which awaits! DenyseReplyCancel

  • I am happy to respond to any general questions about Starting School here if that’s a help to anyone!ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Thank you for sharing. These are really good tips. My second child starts school this year (my baby) and she is a very confident and u have never had any issues leaving her at a new day care etc. B while i am confident she will embrace her first day of school i must admit as the day approaches i am becoming quite anxious. This was the reminder to me that it doesn’t make me a bad parent if u don’t take a thousand photos on the day or hang around for an hour tearing up but by leaving my daughter when she is settled and saving my tears for the car i am doing what is best for her and her transition in her new adventure :-)ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Linda for your comment which goes to the heart of what being a parent is. You are so right to say ‘I am doing the best for her and her transition in her new adventure’. Now, what are you doing for you later that day? I hope you get to make it one where you catch up with friends and mark it as a new beginning for you. Warm wishes, DenyseReplyCancel

During the month of January I slowly prep the kids and home in preparation for back to school. I will be sharing a month long series of posts filled with loads of tips and ideas so you are ready for Day 1 of school, including freezable lunchbox ideas, storage solutions, printable charts to help you create routines and so much more.

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  • Brooke

    I keep getting a “page can’t be found”errorReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Which link isn’t working for you Brooke? I’ll fix it up, but just can’t find it.ReplyCancel

  • Christa

    My son is starting Kindy this year and whilst I am not worried about the academic and administration side of things (I am a teacher), I am a bit worried about providing a healthy lunch every day for a boy who suddenly came out with every parent’s nightmare – the phrase “I don’t like veggies”! So any tips on healthy/enticing lunches would be much appreciated! Thanks. ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      absolutely, I am sure many would like to read about this!! Are you able to smuggle veggies into his food? ie, make a muffin or slice with hidden zucchini or carrot??ReplyCancel

      • Christa

        I can definitely smuggle some in – for example he loved “carrot muffins” and because he caught me on the fly I hadn’t even thought up a non-veggie name for it. However he is very suspicious and turned down cheesy muffins because there was grated zucchini in it. He loves cheese and refused to even try it! And he refuses frittata for the same reason. I am unsure how to get it even more hidden than grating it – I don’t have a thermomix so a grater and blender are the only options so far! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    Hi I have custody of my 7year old granddaughter and I am finding healthy lunches that don’t include dairy wheat and sugar a challenge. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. I love your charts.ReplyCancel

  • Do you have any tips for mums/dads who are transitioning to having school kids for the very first time? Like just some basic tips for reorganising and adjusting to a good routine in general? I feel a little daunted by my son starting kindy at ‘big school’ next year – uniforms, school bags, lunches, volunteering and all the tasks that need to be organised into a new routine! Eep!ReplyCancel

Preparing for the back to school period can become overwhelming and stressful. Buying uniforms, shoes, book packs, cover books, iron on labels, etc there are so many things to do. Hopefully, I can help ease your frustrations of back to school mayhem with this Back to School Checklist FREE for you to download.

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  • Rachel

    Loving the back to school schedule – have downloaded the organiser but would have loved a app like thing that I can keep on my phone and check off as i go – just a thought. Amazed at your organisationReplyCancel