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Quirky braid hairstyle for girls + step by step instructions

I found this image below on the Colour Me There facebook page a few weeks ago (ooh and BTW, congratulations to Maddie from Colour Me There on the birth of her new baby girl, Violet).   original image source unknown I love doing my girls hair and am very thankful that they both happily sit […]

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  • Kirsty

    Such a gorgeous hairstyle. I don’t know if I could manage doing it myself. My daughter is 3 so not quite so patient to sit there!ReplyCancel

    • Maybe when she gets a little older Kirsty. I would sit and play with my girls hair from when they were young, just in front of the TV or before going out and now they are 8 and 10, it’s just a part of our normal routine that I do their hair, but Miss 10 has started to do her own hair for school these days, I must admit I’m a little sad.ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    I love this! I’ll be attempting it on my poor 7 year old this week :)ReplyCancel

    • LOL, does she not like getting her hair done. It is very cute and the ribbon at the bottom can hide and messiness when you combine the to piggy tails together. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Love this Kat! Looks awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Oh to have a girl to do this for. Just gorgeous xReplyCancel

    • It is very cute, maybe one day you can be the cool grandma braiding your granddaughters hair, you know in 30 years time!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Hi Kat,
    I tried the rope braid but would love to do the first one, it looks some feminine. Do you know if there are more detailed instructions,maybe a video tute like you did.
    Thanks for a great,helpful,practical and realistic blog.

  • Fi @ My Mummy Daze

    I LOVE this Kat! I adore quietly enjoying mummy-daughter time while styling my Miss E’s hair. I’m not sure how successful I’ll be at this one, but I’m definitely going to give it a go! Thanks for sharing, Fi xReplyCancel

    • It’s fun and the end result is a really gorgeous hairdo. Your right, it is great mother daughter time. I hope that I can still be doing their hair when they are teenagers and they don’t become too independentReplyCancel

      • DonnaE

        Ha! Katrina, I am still braiding the hair of my 20-year old!!! She has quite curly hair and so she likes to keep it braided really neatly for work.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carroll

    I cant do any braid just a simple plait. so you have a step by step to show how to braid hair?ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I tried it today on my Miss4, bit of a fail but will try again another day :) I think I didn’t make the ponytail bit tight enough so it was wobbly.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie McLetchie

    Lovely! My girl is only a baby but I can’t wait to braid her hair. I’ve never managed to do it with my own hair though. Would love someone to post a tutorial for a plain braid so I could learn :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Duggan

    Love it! I have done this one several times. ReplyCancel

Learning Posters: Times Table and Division Charts

Homework started on the first day of school for one of my kids (which is perfectly fine, as it’s the same class, same teacher, may as well just get back into it!) The twins are in Grade 5 now, so homework has stepped up a level yet again.  Last year they had to revise their […]

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  • Medusa Knows

    Pity…the times tables are written back to front (the US way) … don’t “sing” when you recite themReplyCancel

Planning food for lunch boxes is just as important as planning dinners

You all know I am a huge fan of meal planning.  At the beginning of each week I sit down and organise what meals we will have for the week and then do one big grocery shop. However, this year I am trying to make more of an effort to plan the kids lunch box […]

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  • PaulineN

    Fantastic ideas for lunch box prep. How long does cut up watermelon or other fruit last in the containers? I find watermelon goes a bit blah a day or so after cutting?ReplyCancel

    • Mishelle Smethurst

      If you put it in Tupperware fridgesmarts, I’d normally get at least a week. (I do go in every few days to drain the liquid that builds up though)ReplyCancel

    • I cut the watermelon up the day I buy it, usually only takes a few minutes, it rarely lasts any longer than 2 days in the fridge before its eaten, either as snacks or added to lunch boxes. But I agree watermelon is just one of those fruits that needs to be eaten quickly. I find we eat more fruit when it’s pre cut.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Hawkins

    OMGoodness!! I can’t explain how excited I get looking at these pictures LOL!!ReplyCancel

    • LOL, if you like me I love seeing how other people do things, so I can understand ;)ReplyCancel

  • It’s like you’re reading my mind LOL I’ve been thinking about this and now I can actually do it … thanks! :O)ReplyCancel

  • Niki Jonesano

    I absolutely love this post. I can not stress the importance of a good lunch for kids. It is my ‘thing’ if you know what I mean, I put as much, if not more time, into lunch boxes than dinner. I can not stand the thought of my kids hyped up on chemicals, colours etc. Funnily enough it is nearly impossible to do lunch boxes without these nasty’s. I am forever learning & looking up new things. I have a nearly 17 year old, all the way down to a 6 year old & I still take care of their lunch supplies, the older boys can get their own, but like you I always have a great range of foods for them to choose from, now if I could just get as passionate about the dinners, ha.ReplyCancel

  • Good lord you are a freak (I mean this in the nicest possible way!) I don’t know how you get the time to do all of this stuff? I would love for my house to be cleaner and more organised but I spend the whole day chasing my tail and never get anything done!ReplyCancel

  • :( Looks like Howards don’t do the Deep Split anymore??ReplyCancel

    • They should do Peta, I just couldn’t find a link to it on their website, but you will definitely find it instore, they have quite a good selection of sizes to organise your fridge.ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    This is a BRILLIANT idea. With 5 kids i always stuggle to have enough for everyone to have the same thing. I love the idea of a plan! (why didnt i think of that!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    Love it! Only need to worry about two lunches a week for school, but should do it for me at home!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea Maree, might make me eat and snack more healthily.ReplyCancel

  • mel

    Love this idea. Would love some ideas on what to pack in a lunchbox to fill the tummies of my always hungry kids. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have four kids – three at school and one grown up.Each day their lunch box contains 5 things:

    1) Main item ie a sandwich / wrap / dinner leftovers eg fried rice,

    2) fruit (usually fresh but sometimes tinned depending on availability)

    3) savoury snack (vegie sticks / crackers / dip / savoury muffin)

    4) sweet treat (cupcake, banana bread, muffin or cookies)

    5) calcium hit (yoghurt / flavoured milk or cheese).
    We are very lucky in that all our classrooms have fridges for lunchboxes. I try and make lunches the day before while my kids are eating their afternoon tea. They take their lunch out of the fridge in the morning and it goes straight into the school fridge.

    I have made a list of favourite foods in each of these five categories and it makes it easier to throw the lunches together quickly and ensures they get plenty of variety. This works well for me.
    Our school tuck shop operates on two days per week. I usually let them have tuckshop once or twice a term as a treat. They had it today and my goodness – it came to about $25 !!!!! Now that there are three of them at school – it may only be once a term !ReplyCancel

  • Another Mum

    Would love to see your plans on what you have feed your kids. With one now at school doing lunch boxes is a new thing (he was feed good food at daycare). Need inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Do you leave the precut fruit and the deli meat in the fridge all week?ReplyCancel

  • Desma

    Do you have a plan for toddler day meals too? I’m always stumped for ideasReplyCancel

  • Karyn

    I love this idea and it really works well with vegetables for dinners.
    I work afternoons so my husbands cooks dinner, every Sunday when I cook dinner, I cut broccoli, cauliflower, top and tail beans, etc… Store them in the fridge mates and each night its easy to (without the mess) take a handful of each and veggies are on the plates!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic work Karyn!! I love that you are so organised!.:)ReplyCancel

{Back to School} Freezable lunch box baking

This week has been the start of a very busy few weeks in our home.  I have all my 3 kids celebrating their birthday’s in the next 2 weeks, along with other family birthdays.  We are also in back to school mode, kids back into their school bedtime routines, getting kids items labelled, bags and […]

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  • Ana

    Hi there, whenever I have frozen pikelets or muffins they don’t taste very nice after about 1 week or so and my kids won’t eat it any longer. I put them in Pyrex container or Decor tellfresh. Am I doing something wrong? I see that you freeze things for a lot longer than that. Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Lisa

      I use ziplock bags and they taste fine even after a couple of months in deep freezeReplyCancel

  • These are great. I do this too although I can only do it for child No 1 as child no2’s preschool allows NO home cooking at all in their lunchboxes. They state healthy food only (so no packaging) but when I sent a home made raspberry muffin it was sent home! Makes lunch box filling for her a real challenge.ReplyCancel

    • Leigh

      That is interesting Amanda. What school is this that no2 goes too? No cooking, but no packaged? So is it just raw food?ReplyCancel

  • love the 100+ cookies!! Great list!!ReplyCancel

  • These are fantastic! For a working, very time poor mum like me any help to make the kids lunches easier is greatly appreciated. Thankyou !ReplyCancel

  • What great ideas, so easy and yummy. What more could you want?!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me

    You have just made my evening! My fussy daughter is starting school but I know I’ll be able to get her to eat the scrolls, muffins and I love the pantry ideas! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    Thanks for the Easy Peasy Cheesy Vegemite Scroll recipe. They have always been a lifelong fav of mine.ReplyCancel

  • vkw

    thanks for the baking ideas and last Sunday I made enough of the vegemite scrolls+ the bacon and cheese ones and sandwiches that I froze.It certainly made school mornings less stressful,Now for some ideas to stop the bickering between the kids!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Murphy

    These are great but all except one recipe is full of sugar. Do you have any recipes that can be frozen and then put in a lunch box that are healthy? Any savoury muffin recipes that kids will actually eat? I’m sorry to be demanding :-). I will explore your site later just in case you already have what I’m looking for.ReplyCancel

    • retromumma

      I make a NZ styled cheese muffin: 1cup SR flour, 1 egg, 1 cup grated cheese (try tasty or a combination of a couple of types), 1tsp mustard; salt, pepper, paprika and Milk to mix…… cook at 160-170’C for about 12mins (depending on size of muffin tin)…. these are great for breakfast or for school lunches. If they are going to school I sometimes cut and ‘butter’ them because if they are overcooked they can be a bit dry.. Good luckReplyCancel

  • elana

    desperately need ideas! What sandwich fillings freeze well.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Clarke

    That’s great thank you, I was wondering where I get one of those lunchboxes you have in the picture?ReplyCancel

    • Jodie

      it looks like a Tupperware lunchbox – can’t remember what that specific one is called though – sorry!ReplyCancel

    • Prue Collard

      sandwich keeper plus they are called, current colours are pink or blue $32. if you call Tupperware’s main number 1800 805 396 they can get you in contact with a local Tupperware dealer. im in Bayswater Melbourne so diff state.ReplyCancel

      • Rebecca Clarke

        Thank you Prue, love all the wonderful things on your blog.ReplyCancel

{Back to School} New Printable – Bike riding and walking schedules

A few years ago I was watching an episode on Dr Phil about parenting styels, a ‘helicopter parent’ vs a ‘free range parent’.  A helicopter parent hovers over their children, follows them around and won’t let them out of their sight.  A free range parent gives the kids freedom and independence for them to venture out of […]

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  • vkw

    I wish our schools were in walking/riding distance but my boys have been bussing since our eldest was in yr 2, middle son was in year 1 and the ‘baby’ in kindy(reception for those in vic I think).They were 6, 7 and 8 and only 2 others were on the bus so no big deal.However, when our eldest was in year 4(turning 10) he sat a test for entry to an academically selective class for years 5 and 6.When he started at the new school he had to catch a bus and also change for a connecting bus both ways.It was good practice for high school which starts in 7 days time :)ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi Coldicott

    With no offense meant, because we all need different things for ourselves and our children, why is there a need to coordinate this? Do we really need to schedule our kids’ riding their bikes/walking to school??? Can’t they all just meet on the way–if there’s a friend there, great–if not, won’t they just get on with it and go by themselves? Kids tend to sort this sort of thing out with each other anyway, and arrange to meet in the morning or not. It’s important for children to be able to do things (like get to school without a companion) on their own to build independence and resilience. For me, this is adding a layer of complication and involvement that is so unnecessary! I was told by our school that legally the kids aren’t allowed to get themselves to school on their own until they are in year 4 (and that’s with a crossing guard on duty) and I nearly fell over. Cotton wool, anyone?ReplyCancel

{BACK TO SCHOOL} My biggest sanity saver is our morning, afternoon and evening routine charts

I have shared previously about how we get the chaos out of our morning routine and how having a evening routine keeps me sane.  I’d really like to share details with you again about this as we have had them in place since the twins started kindy, around 3 years old.  The twins are nearly 10, […]

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  • Melanie Mullen

    Hi Kat! I’m very keen to the three charts however I think I need version 2. 4 kids, oldest grade 8 youngest grade 2. Am I able to buy the three charts of version two for the same price as version 1? Or can I only purchase version 2 separatelyReplyCancel

  • Wow – I love these – we have had similar things in our house at different times but I’ve never thought to include the kids making their beds or cleaning up after themselves. I am definitely going to put this in practice for this year. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely agree about the importance of routines! My son has ADHD but, rather than medicate him, we’ve chosen to work with him to learn behavioral coping skills. Routines are absolutely essential for that, and they’ve kept me sane these past 12 years!ReplyCancel

    • kckmom3

      I would be interested in what y’all do to help your son with his ADHD, if you don’t mind me asking. My 10 yr old son hasn’t been officially diagnosed with this but I think that he has it and it is very frustrating sometimes. Thanks!ReplyCancel

      • (Aaack, my reply got lost!)

        We basically have focused on teaching him ways to compensate for his ADHD symptoms. For instance, if we’re going to a place where he needs to sit down and be quiet, we’ll first send him down to the home gym to run on the treadmill and/or beat up the boxing heavy bag for a while. As he works out, he sings along at the top of his lungs with the stereo. That wears him out both physically and verbally, so he’s able to sit still when we get to our destination.

        When it comes to school, he’s been fortunate to have teachers who don’t make the students sit tight in their chairs all of the time. Our district is very good at encouraging them to work in groups, so it’s much easier for ADHD kids since they don’t have to sit tight and shut up the entire time. Plus the school is very good at sending out weekly emails from each teacher to let parents know what assignments and tests are coming up. That lets us stay on top of him.

        BUT we’ve made it very clear that we aren’t going to cut him slack when it comes to school. He *must* obey his teachers, he *must* do his assignments, and he *must* do his best. After school we give him some time to burn off energy before starting on homework. He gets a break every 20-30 minutes, or between assignments, whichever comes first. We review his homework sometimes before he turns it in, but the older he gets the less he needs us to do that.

        And, of course, we limit sugar, artificial preservatives and screen time as much as possible without getting too crazy about it.

        Btw, how are you liking the weather in KCK today? I’m in Leavenworth. What a difference 24 hours makes!ReplyCancel

        • kckmom3

          I know..this weather is crazy! Yesterday we got some much needed outside time and we had our windows open almost all day but today it’s cold and rainy!! Then tommorow it’s supposed to snow!Oh well, spring will be here before we know it. Thanks for responding…I like your idea about your son burning off energy before you go somewhere where he has to be quiet. We don’t have a treadmill but we do have an eliptical machine and we could probably get him a punching bag too or maybe a small trampoline. I try to limit sugary/processed stuff too. We are homeschooling him this year (he was in our church’s school for the last 3 years and it seemed like he was always in trouble) so we have a little more flexibility but it can still be a challenge trying to get him to concentrate and do his work!ReplyCancel

  • Jude

    Thanks for this….my daughter saw them and has made her own version for herself and her sister and brother. Lets hope it works :)ReplyCancel

{Back to School} Covering school books – contact alternatives

Our bookpacks have arrived and it’s time to start covering books.  When my kids first started school I loved the idea of finding the fun contact designs and covering their books.  Now, 5 years later if you say the word contact around me I may scream.  Contact is not my friend.  Despite trying so hard […]

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  • I am looking for covers with less skulls for my six yr olds they are a great idea and reusing cards too. I will have to check out washi tape.ReplyCancel

    • 4myearth have a range for the younger kids too, there is one with dinosaurs.ReplyCancel

      • Lisa

        Thanks for the tip re other designs – just had a squizzy on the 4myearth website & they have quite a few designs & sizes. I like that they had some for scrapbook size. Just wondering if they were easy to put on as there are no pics. They also say they are reusable, so I guess they just slip on?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I use the plastic covered exercise books from Big W (also available @ Officeworks) and get my kids to cover them in stickers from the $2 / Reject Shop – they choose the stickers.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I use the book covers for my kids from stencil which seem to be similar to the range above. They just slip on and I reuse some of them from year to year as you can just wipe them over with spray and wipe to get them clean. They are bit more expensive than the ones I have bought from office works but seem to last multiple years.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra

    We use the ones at which are great quality, made from recycled materials and are only $1.20 each. SandraReplyCancel

  • When I went to the news agent today to collect my sons books. I asked if they cover them and with what…..she showed me the cover I think they r a great idea. no more fighting with contact

  • I love the fairy tea party cover – my girls would adore it! No school in our family for a couple more years yet but I’m hearing lots of friends talking about looking for an easier way to cover than contact. Hope you don’t mind Kat, I shared this post on Beautifully Organised today – think people will love these covers!ReplyCancel

  • The dreaded words “Contacting and labelling”. How “Back To School” goes from excitement to frustration to parents :) Just contact our books last week and another recommendation if you have to contact – steer clear of foil contact as they are the worst for bubbles. Wish I had known about these book covers prior to contacting. Thanks for the tip I will be looking into it next year.ReplyCancel

  • mel

    I love the plastic slip covers!great quality!Im reusing the ones we bought last year!With four kids Ive saved so much in contact this year!ReplyCancel

    • mel

      my 3 boys love the skulls and zombies but their are tractors,nature scenes and animals too.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I have that onlyc ‘Contact’ brand is any good to work with, it is really no more expensive than other brands and is usually available at both Big W and your local newsagent :)ReplyCancel

{Back to School} Organising: School bag nooks, homework station, wardrobes and more

I’ve been blogging now for 3 back to school seasons, so today I wanted to share with you some of my previous tips and projects I have shared and in the coming days I will share with you more new ideas. 10 back to school money saving ideas  Organised School Bag Nook This school bag […]

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  • Tammy

    Last year in term 4 I finally set up a homework centre: a magazine box for each child to hold their homework books and home readers. With one still on a reading log but no home reader, it made a convenient spot for her to put all the books she had read so it was easier for me to keep her log up to date. I also made up a box of Homework Stationery – textas, pencils, crayons, scissors, ruler, glue, sharpener, eraser – which is ONLY out for homework. No more delays about “I couldn’t find a pencil”!
    Also, we just changed sleeping arrangements, so with the attendant changeover in wardrobes, we have made a designated uniform drawer/shelf for each child, and their school socks are in a separate container in the socks drawer. Hopefully fewer mornings of “I can’t find my socks!” or “Where are my shorts?”ReplyCancel

    • Sounds so organised, we have a homework station too and makes it so much easier to find things. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hi Kat & others – just wondering where you all store your kids’ library bags & wet weather gear (raincoats/umbrellas) when not in use. These don’t fit into our schoolwear drawers (which I did like Tammy). Would be grateful for any suggestions :-)ReplyCancel

  • […] I thought it timely to share (again) this fab post from The Organised Housewife.  What’s your best tip to keep your kids organised during the school […]ReplyCancel

How many school uniforms should you buy?

A few years ago I used to run the uniform shop at my kids schools and it was surprising to see how many uniforms each families buy.  Some families purchased a school uniform for each day of the week and some only brought a minimum of 2.  Time, budget and how many kids per family […]

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  • My uniform schedule is the same, we buy 3, although my the younger kids sometimes have an extra not so good hand-me down one as backup :)ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    When my eldest was in primary school we were lucky that they would wear generic navy clothing. I would buy 5 polo shirts, 2 cargo pants, 2 trackies, 4 jumpers and 3 shorts.
    I do think 3 sets is enough, but by buying this many at the start of the year with the back to school sales I would save money by having to buy replacement clothing during the year.ReplyCancel

  • I have one uniform for every day, as a working Mum I need to ensure that my son has a clean uniform every day. Especially now those stinky hormones have kicked in, gone are the days of my sweet smelling boy!ReplyCancel

  • I buy two to start with but as I ideally like to have three on hand I’ll buy another the fortnight after term starts. It’s just a lot of money to outlay at the start of the year. Uniforms are so expensive! About $35 per shirt and $30 per shorts/skort.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    My eldest starts school next year so we will be thinking about this soon. When I was growing up, we had 2 shirts/2bottoms or two dresses, plus one sport uniform that we were only allowed to wear on Tuesdays. We wore our uniform twice each week and everything was washed on Saturday. I will have more time than my mum did, so I’m hoping to do a mid week wash on sports dayReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    My boy won’t start school til next year, but I do wonder about uniforms. I work, so having 5 uniforms would work best for me – but he grows so much! I’m sure he’d grow out of whatever I buy him within months! Anyone had this experience? Tips? Hints?ReplyCancel

    • I work full time and bought five uniforms. Four regular and one sport. I only have the one child and he goes to public school (will go semi private for high school so might change quantity then). I bought one tracksuit, then three more pairs of pants when winter came around. It cost about $300 all up. He changes sizes really quick and I was worried like you, however the sixes were large-ish when he started and still fit now. will get 8’s half way through the year (maybe one or two shirts when school goes back). I think his growing slowed down a bit. Good luck. It’s a tough but rewarding year :)ReplyCancel

  • Cate

    My kids have four pairs of shorts, five shirts (including one sports shirt), and thirty pairs of socks between them.ReplyCancel

  • I have one in school and have enough shirts and shorts for him to wear for almost 2 weeks without having to wash them, then a couple long sleeve shirts and about a weeks worth of pants. Sometimes laundry is just not a priority when I have two boys to play with :) I can say I bought all of them at Target after school got out and spent less than a 100$ when he was entering K and since he hasn’t grown much he’s still wearing them in 1st. They will all go to his brother next year when he starts K so I feel I got my use out them.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    our uniform is essentially sports uniform all week for boys (black shoes for 4 days, sports shoes on sports day) and dress or shorts/culottes/pants for girls with sports shirt.
    For summer I have 2-3 dresses, 2 sports shirts for my daughter (she usually wears her dresses and stays clean enough to get 2 days from them), 1 skort and 1-2 trackpants and several pairs of sports briefs. She also has 1 winter pinafore (it’s dark so it hides the dirt!), 1 pair pants, 5 long-sleeve tshirts or skivvies to go with trackpants or pinafore, and 3-4 various styles jumpers/jackets.
    My son has 6 polo shirts, 4-5 pairs shorts, 2-3 pairs trackpants, and 3-4 sweatshirts etc. He changes his shorts daily despite constant pleas to wear them twice unless really dirty.
    They each have 4 pairs sports socks and 8 pairs school socks.ReplyCancel

    • Tammy

      My wash schedule allows for one white load Friday evening, and 2 darks loads on Saturday with a midweek catchup load as needed on WednesdayReplyCancel

  • lilwigs

    I have 5 kids, and only one sport and one formal (one Summer one Winter) uniform each. With a big-ish family I have to wash every night anyway…..not so good for the environment though. A LOT of dryer use. I do however have five pairs of socks each. They have to have the uniform socks (with the school’s name on them) and they’re all different sizes (wouldn’t you know it!) so I use a laundry marker to write their initial on the toe. It’s their job to sort the socks into pairs!ReplyCancel

  • Great to read what others do thanks. I have two kids, they have two shirts each (my daughter an extra dress) and we wash one while they wear the other.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    It depends on which day Sports uniform day is as to how many uniforms I need…. in Kindy, sports day was Wednesday… perfect, I could wash normal uniforms Tuesday night and they would be ready again for Thursday and Friday. So 2 normal uniforms and 1 sports uniform. Year 1 was different, and in fact sports day changed about 4 times throughout the year. I gave up and just bought an extra uniform. Now I know need to buy new items every now and again. My son still fits his Kindy uniforms, but I buy bigger sizes if they start to look tatty.ReplyCancel

  • Maude McGee

    I work full time (and so does my partner) and I only wash once a week; so I have four pairs of shorts for each kid, five shirts, two jumpers, and three pairs of trackies each. Oh, and about a million pairs of socks a piece. I’ve just done the inventory and bought another pair of shorts for the smallest boy (one pair went missing three weeks before the end of term 4 – three pairs does NOT cut it! It did show up, but still…) Most of the time, they wear three bottoms and three or four tops each week. Sometimes more.ReplyCancel

  • jess joy

    With 2 boys (preprimary and year 2) i have well stocked up since the first was in kindy. Ive also only bought from the uniform shop once and that wasnt even alot. Ive been very fortunate to have bought the schools polo shirts and jumpers from the opshop practically brand new and for about $2 a piece. They arent very strict on bottoms but generally as long as they look neat and tidy its all good. So far without listing EVERYTHING i have sizes 4, 6 and 8 in polo shirts (including their 1 faction shirt) jumpers, trackies in navy/royal, basketball shorts, grey shorts, navy shorts/pants and the number of peices i have is roughly 45 and wouldnt have spent over $200. Shoes are always discounted from target and on the rare occasion a shoe shop as they do last longer. Socks we always have, have always used a tupperware lunchbox, we have a million hats they choose each day and backpacks are usually new at the start of year. All up ive been pretty lucky with opshops and the local fb buy sell pages. Love a good bargainReplyCancel

  • My eldest starts prep this year, I got 4 uniforms (too large, but still wearable) given to me, and I bought another 4 sets secondhand. My mum wants to buy him at least one brand new set as well. It gives me enough to get through a week if I am too busy to wash, plus extra to go in his schoolbag. That just leaves shoes and socks and his hat to buy, and the booklist…ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    Summer = 2 dresses, two shorts and three tops. Winter = three pants five tops one jacket, one vest. ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Graham

    I have three kids. They have 2 tops each. The 2 girls have a a pair of skorts and some bike pants. My son has two pairs of shorts. Last year we didn’t have enough socks and am not going to be searching for socks every single morning this year. I have promised myself that I will buy them all at least five pairs each!ReplyCancel

  • Sam-O

    I have one for everyday this year. So much easier. My son is at a private school and his uniform must be ironed, so this way I iron the lot on the weekend (ahem… late Sunday night) and he has a uniform rack in his room. His uniform cost me less than the local public schools. I thought it would be way more but their uniform shop caters for 2500 boys all in the same uniform so I guess it is subsidised. I was expecting to buy lots of secondhand items but so far just have one pair of winter shorts as a spare.ReplyCancel

    • Sam-O

      The uniform shop told me last year that 80% of the kids in k-6 are in size 10 (and are for a long time – my Kindy boy went into 10s for term 4) so they do not get many second hand items – shirts in particular. After a year and no unmarked or holeless shirts, I get it!ReplyCancel

  • My kids will have 3 uniforms this year. We are homeschooling through a distance ed provider and bought them one ‘school’ shirt each with the logo to wear to ‘on campus’ activities like art and music, as well as homeschoolers group (total twice a week). We also have plain polos, plain pants and a checked dress for the girls. I will washing the uniforms on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays.ReplyCancel

  • Glenys

    Up until this year I have been using 3 uniforms each, but last year there were many times when the washing just didn’t get done in time and kids went to school in a dirty shirt. So this year my boys have 4 uniforms, that is shorts and shirts.ReplyCancel

  • Stormwolfe

    this has been a great read because i begun to think i’d bought too much. my daughter starts kinder this year and with $350 in uniforms i thought i might have bought too much. But with 1 dress, and two uniforms for her i realize I’ve actually bought less many and perhaps i haven’t overdone it.ReplyCancel

  • Overworked Mom

    This seems so crazy to me…washing every night. Would never happen (with success) in my household. Of course, I have a tendency to buy too many clothes, admittedly. A holdover from when I lived in a small NYC apartment with no laundry in building. I really can’t see buying less than 5 uniforms. I went for 6, just in case the laundry got skipped. I accidentally doubled that amount on the longsleeve uniforms. Not quite sure how. But now I know I can get away with less. School Uniform Newbie.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Just did my school uniform shopping and kids all starting a new schools. So I purchased 3 tops, 2 dresses, 2 skorts, 3 long pants and 2 jumpers. With another purchase of 1 official top and 1 official jumper to join the rest. I usually wash every 2nd day so there will be plenty if I don’t wash for a couple of days.ReplyCancel

  • Renaye

    I haven’t fully worked out how many uniforms I’m buying yet. I will buy my daughter an extra uniform to keep in her bag though as she is going into Kindergarten and accidents do happen.ReplyCancel

  • wiccanmumof4

    Our kids have a uniform for every day of the week. Probably 2 weeks… lol
    There is nothing worse, than having to wash uniforms, every day. Sunday is the day all the uniforms get washed, & folded, & put back in their school drawers, for the week. It’s what works for us. :)ReplyCancel

  • Libby

    3 primary aged children and both parents working means uniforms are washed each evening before dinner. Once the cycle is finished one parent hangs it out while the other finalises the bedtime routine. Polo shirts and dresses are hung on hangers to dry and save ironing . 3 sets of each summer uniform plus one sports uniform each, hand me downs used for younger siblings. 4 pairs of day socks and two sports socks as socks tend to “walk”. 2 sets of winter uniform skirts/long pants with 3 shirts each. Woolen jumpers washed when needed and dry cleaned with blazers each Term. Saturday is sport so I do not want to spend all of Sunday doing a week’s worth of washing and ironing. Pace it out rather then let it build up for survival and sanity.


    • Love that you share the duties Libby and hanging them directly onto the hangers is a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    My son has a formal uniform (Tuesday and Friday) and an informal uniform (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) we started with 2 informal and 1 formal. I made sure I bought ones as large as possible while still looking ok ( my son is very tall and skinny). The next year I purchased 1 informal and 1 formal luckily the ones from the previous year still fit well so now we have one for each day of the weekReplyCancel

    • that’s a great idea Bec, I purchase them a little bigger too, kids go through growth sports before our eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Hyphen Lee

    My son has 4 uniform shirts plus the sports shirt. He has 3 pairs of shorts, 3 pairs of long pants and his sport tracksuit pants. 2 knit jumpers and a school hoodie. One uniform set stayed in his ‘Kindy survival kit’ at school. Its a lot to keep track of.
    This year he still has the same number of uniforms but I bought him 30 pairs of the same socks, this was to avoid forever looking for pairs, which almost killed me last year.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Sport day is Wednesday, so my son has two full uniforms for Monday and Tuesday and are washed Wednesday then worn again Thursday & Friday. With a change to Winter uniform and specific school emblem hats & Jumpers makes it all very expensive. I’ve found this number works well.ReplyCancel

  • When I worked full time, my daughter had 4 days worth of uniform. Now that I am a stay at home mum, my son’s had 3 days worth, because I do (at least) a load of laundry most days. I started with 2 days worth, but in winter especially there where too many late nights of waiting for the washing machine to finish so I could put them in the drier for the next day. This is a great blog post, it’s interesting to see what everyone else does.

  • OPB

    When I was at high school I had one skirt and one tshirt and one that I wore everyday and was washed on weekends. You all are making me feel dirty!!! I also had a pair of pants that I would occasionally wear, a summer skirt for the hottest days and another jumper and tshirt that were poorly sized hand-me-downs, and I only wore when I couldn’t wear the others for whatever reason. In Primary school, I know I only had one tshirt for the last two years I was at school, and one pair of pants at a time (they weren’t part of the uniform so I could wear anything). I was never taught to wear clothes only once before washing, much less uniform precisely because it was expensive!!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is great facts thanks I have to do this debate and I loved your factsReplyCancel

{BACK TO SCHOOL} Lunch bag, lunch box, containers, drink bottles

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World My kids are counting down the number of days till they get back to school, they are so excited.  Me?  Not so much, I’m enjoying my sleep ins and not having to make school lunches. School lunches, yes it boggles some minds, coming up with something nutritional […]

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  • I’m so impressed with that slimline ice brick! I can see me taking a trip to HSW in the very new future. tfs KatrinaReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Off the topic however I thought of you when I saw this Chevron party. And thought you might want to use the idea for a party one day.

  • Lexi

    Hi can you tell me the best insulated lunch bag with a zip you have found to hold the Tupperware sandwich keeper plus? Everything is just that bit too small for it but we love it and kids are happy with the box, just need a good cooler bag. ThanksReplyCancel

    • Leanne

      Lexi – we use the tupperware sandwich keeper plus and use the ‘nude food mover cool skin’. Fits perfectly – made out of wetsuit material and with a small ice brick is great. Avail at Coles, woollies, target etc :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I have a slow eater & she usually has to take her most of her sandwich out to play, I have lost numerous sandwich containers (even though I label everything). Eventually I gave up & used glad wrap. Any ideas as I really don’t want to use the plastic wrap. ReplyCancel

    • Tab

      Kim, I used to use baking paper to wrap my sandwiches in before I found the container I use now. A little bit of tape, or a sticker to keep it closed, and she can pop it in the recycling bin after finishingReplyCancel

  • Tiffany

    I purchased 4myEarth sandwich & snack wraps last year & was so impressed that I then purchased a set of both for each of my nephews – they are totally fantastic & make lunchbox packing much better (for me stressed out mumma & the environment)ReplyCancel

  • is that the small fridge to go bag?ReplyCancel

    • Yes I believe there is one bigger, however not sure that Howards Storage World stock the bigger size.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah

    I have used Fridge to Go for 2 years. The first year I was really impressed and they do keep the food cold. The second year I got a lighter colour and it looked trashed within months. The ice bricks are awesome though. So this year I have gone for a Smash lunch box and I am using the ice brick. I also love the 4 My Earth wraps!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Howard’s do stock lots if sizes of fridge to go products. I have a large black one for my husband (important: it doesn’t look like a lunch box!!) plus medium sized ones for my kids. In my view, they keep food fridge cold longer than any other lunch bag available. Apparently the cooling system was developed for transporting blood – so it’s designed to work. It’s easily my favourite Howard’s product and I love the fact you can get spare ice bricks.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith in Aus

    Thanks for the review and the water bottle 1/2 frozen tip!
    If you have a drink bottle with a straw, you can use a pipe cleaner to clean it out. Just make sure you do it regularly so the gunk doesn’t harden inside the straw. Yuck!ReplyCancel

{BACK TO SCHOOL + Giveaway} Choosing school shoes best for the kids feet

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang It’s around this time every year that I buy the kid’s school shoes.  I have always been really particular with the kids shoes, ensuring they fit properly and they are comfortable for their feet.  Around the house, backyard and on short outings on the weekend the kids like to […]

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  • This will be my first year as a school kid mum! I think i am going to stuggle with organising lunches 5 days a week!ReplyCancel

  • having finances available after christmas is my biggest struggle!ReplyCancel

  • Westcoastkell

    My biggest struggle as my lil guy starts year 1 this year is finding the time. Between working full time and having a 18mth old girl and a hubby and we are in the midst of buying a new home. I just can’t seem to find the time to go and get all the school stuff including new shoes! ReplyCancel

  • Leona

    My biggest struggle is only that it’s my first time! So many details!!!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest problem is that my kids go to two separate schools (it’s the same school but two different campuses for infants and primary) and just the logistics of organising drop off and pick up!!ReplyCancel

  • With 6 kids in the household my biggest struggle is organisation. Trying to get each of their books, pencils, clothes labelled seems like a never ending task however I don’t mind that but making sure they keep their items in their own bags and own rooms is always hard. 3 of my boys are on the Autism Spectrum so organisational skills is almost nil. I have found having the plastic labels from Identity Direct have helped as they each have their own colour now which seems to be working better but we have a long way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Tina Munro

    My biggest struggle with organising kids for school is trying to stop buying all of the exciting stationery (my vice) for me instead of the kids.ReplyCancel

  • This year, it will be trying to find a high school uniform small enough for my daugther.ReplyCancel

  • lisa goddard

    honestly it is shoes… my son is very very particular about what he will and won’t wear. He is a size 12 (little) which means there is only a pair or two of this size in each range making it a nightmare for him to choose….ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is my kids adapting to school. They are exhausted after 2 weeks.ReplyCancel

  • My eldest is just about to start school this year, very exciting but daunting as well!! My biggest struggle will be keeping her lunch box interesting for a whole year!!ReplyCancel

  • I’m sending No.2 to Kindy and No.3 is starting DayCare. My struggle will be just getting out of the house in time to get everyone where they need to be on time without to many tears. And School lunches – I’m organised in all other respects of starting school (Uniforms, stationery, new school bags – xmas presents, lunch boxes & drink bottles).ReplyCancel

  • Cocoa Jo

    my biggest struggle is not wanting to buy the $80 dictionaries for each child in the book list. i would have thought at least a dictionary would be free to use at a school. So far i haven’t caved and bought one and every year they havent needed it…hopefully they wont this year either!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Finding the money to buy 3 pairs of good quality leather sneakers for my 3 children and not having to get cheap K-Mart ones. Luckily they have enough uniform etc to get through another year.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    I think my biggest challenge is going to be doing the school run every day with Mr Prep, Mr 3 year old and their baby sister – all by bike!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I struggle with finding healthy choices that won’t break the budget for 3 children aged 10, 12 and 14. They all like different things and the food has to ‘keep’ until lunch time and stay fresh. That’s a huge struggle for me.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Growing kids…I can’t buy clothes & shoes till the last week as they grow so much in January! Leads to a more stressful final week.ReplyCancel

  • Honestly – My biggest struggle is CONTACT!! It hates me and won’t let me cover books without heaps of bubbles, being crooked or sticking to my hair ARGH …… Oh and comfortable school shoes is up high on the struggle list too!ReplyCancel

  • Mardi Chapman

    With three kids at school, the biggest struggle was always covering exercise books according to child’s age, gender and taste – not to mention school rules and peer group pressure/ trends. Mostly a tedious and time-consuming task, fraught with ‘bubbles in the Contact’, there were rare moments of creativity and satisfaction with a job well done.ReplyCancel

  • Kelgus

    Not sure what our biggest struggle will be as Mr 5 is only just starting school but pretty certain it will involve Mr 3 not going along with plans!!!!!! ReplyCancel

  • Actually shoes are my biggest struggle, both my girls have very different taste and my eldest is really fussy about shoes as she has sensory issues. I’m dreading going shoe shopping.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria

    My struggle (all year) is all the bits of paper that come into the house. Maybe this year I’ll find a system that works for me!ReplyCancel

  • lizknits99

    Biggest ‘back to school’ struggle is school shoes. Getting something that fits well, has support and is affordable.ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    My struggle is starting back on a Friday so start a routine of early nights to have it go out the window for the weekend. Strange that schools would do that.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    No matter what time I get up and how well the moring is going – my biggest struggle is getting out the door with 5 children without someone (or me) leaving something behind. We have arrived at school with no school bag, no lunch and even me with my slippers on for work.ReplyCancel

  • Raelene

    My son is starting school this year after being in care with me for 5years so my biggest struggle is going to be letting go!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    My biggest struggle this year will be getting everyone ready and out the door 15 minutes earlier than last year (7.45am start). I have to do a daycare drop just before 8am, school drop off no later than 8.10am and then it’s off to kindy before 8.30am. Now if ONLY ALL THE TRAFFIC would go in the other direction this actually might be doable…. Time management isn’t our strong point and with 4 kids all doing their own thing its difficult. Can’t wait until they’re all at the same school hahahaReplyCancel

  • Leeanne

    My biggest struggle is talking Miss 5 into having something other than honey on her sandwich for the whole year….every single day!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    This is all new to us with a preppy this year…i think maybe finding good shoes on a budget which will last more than a few months with big growth spurts. Also perhaps keeping the lunchbox interesting and home-made contents only:-) thanks for your tips along the way too. Michelle Roberts.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    the count down to actually leaving is the biggest struggle, as they dont look at the clock to manage time. I feel like I am always motivating till we are out the door!ReplyCancel

  • Yvette

    Hmmm … biggest struggle of organising our little munchkin for school – not having any “Back to School” experience lol. He is starting Kindy this year and after downloading and printing the free Back to School Checklist, I’m happy to note that I’ve already ticked a fair few items off the list, with a lot of others to be checked off by the end of this week. It’s a great tool for those of us who are new to school this year – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rach

    My kids have wide feet, so it’s a struggle each year to find shoes that fit well :-)

  • Megsy

    With three school aged kids and a little 6 month old princess – all of the back to school prep is difficult. I’m married to a farmer, so he’s around very little and having to do back to school shopping with four kids in tow is problematic & frustrating! Can’t wait to get started LOL :-DReplyCancel

  • Annette

    SHOES… my daughter is very particular about what she will and won’t wear.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge getting organised with school things is finding time to do homework. With four smaller children, it’s just so busy trying to fit in homework for the big boys around the busy household schedule.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie oconnell

    Finding the right decent shoe in the right size for a extremely picky long skinny footed per teen. ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    With toddlers and teenagers, the list of needs is long and incredibly diverse. I find myself running all over the place trying to cater for the vast age range.ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Love

    My biggest struggle would be getting myself ready and my kids ready on time so we’re all out the door to beat the traffic every morning.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    My 6 year old son at 12 months he had an inturned foot and still slightly noticable with some shoes therefore needs to e specially fitted with a great shoe.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    Getting ready and out the door on time.ReplyCancel

  • Jalna

    The biggest struggle is just getting up, dressed and out the door on time. ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    My daughter is about to start school (kindy) for the first time. She is very “independent” in her thinking and likes to choose her own clothes each day – so I am looking forward to convincing her that the school uniform is indeed the only option on school days :)ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle would be to get myself out of bed. I hate early mornings.ReplyCancel

  • girls want them to actually LOOK good too !ReplyCancel

  • For the past two years, I’ve had one child at school and one at preschool, so on preschool days, it’s been a real rush in the mornings. My son is starting “big school” this year, so I’m really looking forward to the one drop-off and one pick-up on school days.
    But the one HUGE problem we all have when the holidays are over is getting up earlier again, as we always tend to stay up and sleep later and later as the holidays progress. At the beginning of holidays I always tell myself to try to stick to the same time schedules for going to bed and getting up, but we’ve never managed to, so far…ReplyCancel

  • Shannon r

    My biggest struggle is to convince hubby that 1 pair of decent shoes is so much better than the 7 pairs I purchased for mr 7 last school year !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Chiswell

    My biggest struggle is buying school shoes for my Miss 11. They are all into these ‘Volleys’ now and I hate them, not very supportive. I must have bought about 5 pairs for her last year. My Mstr 7 wears similar to your son and not a peep out of him, he loves his shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Di

    My biggest struggle is the morning TV session! Absolutely wrecks any morning organisation; so rule is no TV until dressed, breakfast, teeth, bag packed, shoes on. It is amazing how quickly my child can get ready when TV is the reward!ReplyCancel

  • Kiwi Sarah

    My biggest struggle is BIG feet – a 14 year old with size 14 (mens sizes) feet, a 12 year old with size 12, and a ten year old with size 11!ReplyCancel

  • Waking up in time to be organised in the morning!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is keeping school paperwork like newsletters and notes organised. They always seem to be stuck all over the fridge or left on the bench – in both places they are easily forgotten. I’d love to be able to keep track of it all!ReplyCancel

  • Carol .J

    I would say most mum’s have this problem and that is to get the kids up and ready to go to school .I think that is the hardest thing to do ever …!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    Having the booklists and they are sold out of the mundane stuff like pencils!!! It’s 3 suburbs away, dosn’t list enough detail to get an alternative from a newsagents/ Target / or similar and going backwards and forwards is a time wasting pain in the neck. Not to mention the petrol costs.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    My biggest challenge is trying not to use the words “hurry up” in our morning routine.ReplyCancel

  • Dee

    Breakfast, none of them want to sit down and eat it & then when all the dilly dallying & fiddle farting around has been done they run out of time. Yes we could wake up earlier BUT my little darlings hate getting out of bed. Struggle is an understatement where getting to school is concerned.ReplyCancel

  • Diana O

    Making them leave their toys at home. Yes it’s nice to want to bring them to school and share with friends, but that’s when accidents always happen and nice things get broken.ReplyCancel

  • Ian H

    getting them not to touch and move the uniforms before the first day of schoolReplyCancel

  • anARKy

    My son isn’t thrilled with going to school, so motivating him and getting back into the school routine is a tough one every year!!ReplyCancel

  • First of all to get myself back into gear after the holidays. It’s sooo nice to not have a routine with our 7 little people. Once I am ready ;) we do a “stocktake” of the uniforms, who needs new shorts/shirts/shoes/hat/bag and the hardest part is than to come……keeping the ones happy that do not need new shoes or pants or shirts or a hat or a bag this year! Once this is all sorted they are all very happy to go to school and I am happy to get the routine back until the next school holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Definitely the amount of communication that comes home from school and keeping up with what is going on at the school and anything extra I need to have ready (be it money, costumes, etc.)ReplyCancel

  • RossS12

    Getting them back into a bedtime schedule that will allow them to get up on time without being tired. It seems as they get older they learn more and more tricks to stretch the time between when you tell them to go to bed and when they actually do.ReplyCancel

  • Alyra Shaw

    Getting back into routine after the long summer holidays :)ReplyCancel

  • Effie Bakkalis

    By far my biggest struggle is getting them out of bed early enough and ensuring they have enough time to get dressed, eat, and brush their teeth! The ticking clock is our enemy!ReplyCancel

  • karina w

    Waking up early in the morning again!ReplyCancel

  • Gabby H

    Buying the lunchbox would you believe, mum wants one that she loves but Mr Prep really wants a cheap one (that may need replacing during the year!)……..opps forgot who was going to school ;) ReplyCancel

  • Fighting with the contact to cover all the kids school books – what a nightmare!ReplyCancel

  • My kids hair! Getting my son to be responsible and do his own and getting my daughters tangled mess out of her face without too many tears from brush the ‘knots’.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten

    I hate the chaos of school mornings, I much prefer the lazy holiday mornings! ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My biggest struggle is thinking about whether she will enjoy her new school and find a good friend quickly. This has been a hard area for us in the last year. I do need to buy shoes for her so it would be great if I won this one!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda

    Well this my first year doing the big shcool run and we were never on time to preschool so wish me luck also ill have a 4 month old in toe too :/ReplyCancel

  • Kris

    Definately the shoes…with a pronation of her right ankle (rolls inwards) we are trying to avoid orthotics by purchasing correctly fitted, quality shoes. They are very expensive but hopefully a good investment in happy, healthy tootsies :) $50 would surely help!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting back to school term bed times. With daylight savings, busy days and later meal times, bed time has got later and later.ReplyCancel

  • Kim m

    Getting them to get everything they need in ghe same place (backpack) at the same timeReplyCancel

  • Getting them awake at the right time so they can arrive on the right time!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    I find getting them back into school mode the most difficult thing. Going from long hot summer days playing, swimming & relaxing to sitting in a class room and doing homework.ReplyCancel

  • Mandie

    Trying to adjust the schedule so that everything fits but still leaves plenty of downtime for the kids to be kids.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen f

    Getting myself dressed and ready before it s time to leave!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Unfortunately, that would be ME!ReplyCancel

  • Nicolle

    Getting them back into the habit of going to bed at a certain timeReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Providing a healthy stocked lunchbox that they will actually eat!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Cervetto

    My biggest struggle is Uniforms – as she is so tiny. Trying to find a dressmaker to take up and in or finding a size small enough to fit her – even size 2 is big on her.ReplyCancel

  • Judith Maunders

    Trying to leave it all to stay at home hubby and not doubling up – or conflicting – on tasks. Very hard for someone organised (like me) while hubby is more ‘go with the flow’!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge is getting myself out of bed!!! ReplyCancel

  • Liz B

    Getting back into the routine of getting up, breakfasted, dressed, brushed and out in time for the school bell – much more relaxed at holiday time.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is that my son always has something better to do than what he needs to do!! I remind him that he will have more time for the fun stuff if he gets the boring stuff done quickly and without a fuss!!! He wakes up at 6am so there is no reason why we should be running late!!!ReplyCancel

  • I totally agree with you on all counts! My Husband also has knee & back problems, which I attribute to his always having hand me down shoes. My MIL can’t believe that I always go to athletes foot to buy my kids school shoes & runners.
    My biggest struggle is making lunches again – it is my pet hate! every day trying to think of something healthy to put in their lunchboxes that they will actuall eat!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Hay

    My biggest struggle is filling their school book orders- the stationery shop they nominate is ridiculously expensive so I have to shop around.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Covering the books with contact without too many bubbles and wrinkles!!…..I know you can just buy the covers but they can get quite expensive if you can’t reuse them + my kids love selecting their rolls of novelty contact each year – at least it is just once a year!ReplyCancel

  • My struggle would be trying to get everything needed across 3 age groups, 2 schools (high school and primary), AFFORD EVERYTHING, and work full time shift work. Thank God I have a brilliant husband who is just as hands on as me – things just wouldn’t get done without us working as a partnership. Oh – and the school lunches thing – we hate that too!ReplyCancel

  • lainskii

    Getting them to want to goReplyCancel

  • Meg Yates

    Our biggest struggle is having everyone agree on the same healthy lunch so that I am not making 4 completely different lunches.

    Thanks for the opportunity Kat :)ReplyCancel

  • THINKING about what to put in their lunchboxes … that’s my struggle!ReplyCancel

  • Bec Hyssett

    Getting the kids and myself out of holiday mode – what is the best way to get back into routine????ReplyCancel

  • Natasha W

    Getting them (and me) back into a routine will be my struggle.ReplyCancel

  • mellissa

    i have nothing but trouble with the shoes I got from Athletes Foot at our closest store at Cairns central!”Bad service all the way”,couldn’t get exchanges etc after spending close to $1000 in one transaction on shoes for myself and four kids…..wasn’t happy!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Taylor

    A snack that won’t come home battered and bruised, that’s not full of sugar, and that has no nuts in it.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle this year is getting organised in this heat while pregnant with baby number 3ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is convincing my special needs son that school is a good place to go and learn more, each and every day…ReplyCancel

  • This year I’m finding it hard as we have moved to QLD. this week so we now have the task of having to go select all our books for Mr7 as we missed the book order. But the new routine will get me having to be dropped off at school before 8:25…We didn’t leave home until after 8:30 last year and having no morning assembly so I could be a bit late. So this year I better get organised and hit the ground running.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Snaith

    Getting back into routine is going to be hard ,I think i might put cereal bowls and toaster out the night before as breakky is always rushed and have the no TV rule started a few days before. I’m also detertmined to get my 6 yr old feeling more capable of doing things himself such as shoes and socks…….not sure if we will do velcro or laces for him this year lolReplyCancel

  • julie steele

    my biggest struggle is a child who is ODD and refuses to go to school and too heavy to carry anymore and looses his books and homework etc and being a single mum and his father is no support and he had 91 days off last year and was told needed a medical certificate for more days and he said oh we can go to the hosp everyday and sit in ER and wait to get oneReplyCancel

  • It’s getting back into the routine & habits. All that pretty much goes out the window for the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Cass

    Shoes. I always struggle to find the right size shoes for my kids at a reasonable price. Might have to find my local Athlete’s Foot.ReplyCancel

  • bluecatdog

    I definitely agree – QUALITY shoes over QUANTITY of shoes every time!

    For me, the struggle is the whining of the children NOT getting shoes on that outing…ReplyCancel

  • debbie

    I often buy the good quality shoes from Paul’s Shoeman the Roc brand. But this year I was looking into getting black leather joggers. Thanks, now I know where to look. I will be looking at Athlete foot this year for my daughter. Thanks again. Keep up the good work.ReplyCancel

  • I’m going to be a newbie to this whole school thing this year – very exciting and daunting at the same time! I have a feeling lunch boxes will be the hardest to remain organised for.ReplyCancel

  • I find it challenging to make sure the kids don’t play with their toys and things they are bringing for show and tell – we always manage to play with what they are showing and telling and then forget them!ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Q

    I have a girl going in to Year 2 who is very adventurous with her eating and will eat whatever my husband decides to make for her lunch. Master 5 however is not a huge fan of the sandwich and is much more picky; his lunches are going to be much more of a challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Thanh

    Their uniform! They keep taking them in and out! They often get misplaced and wrinkledReplyCancel

  • kristy

    getting my nine year old son with autism dressedReplyCancel

  • Michelle B

    Doing my daugher’s hair! Every morning its a struggle. I sound like a parrot “don’t move your head”!!ReplyCancel

  • kristy

    shoes with a 8 yr old with size 6 youths feet and a 5 yr old with size 11,its hard to find decent shoes.ReplyCancel

  • ladybirds

    My biggest struggle is to decide what to put in the lunch box.ReplyCancel

  • When the new year is about to start we go uniform shopping my daughter who is high school age is so fussy about sizing and I want to make sure we have something that will fit for the year she is worried about how cute it looks ahhh frustatingReplyCancel

  • CrystalB

    Budgeting so all school supplies can be purchased.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley C

    Just deciding what goes in the lunch box!ReplyCancel

  • Jayde

    Wondering how much they are going to grow and what the best size uniform and shoes will be.ReplyCancel

  • sandy

    Getting bedtime back to a sensible time and waking early enough….also mentally preparing to make lunchboxes again!

  • Getting my middle child to get her proper school shoes not, and shoes that are hers not her sisters or brothers!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle getting my 8 year old son ready for school, is convincing him that his lunch box is ok and his shoes are cool. He is always wanting something opposite to what I think would be better for him! Typical child I guess.ReplyCancel

  • Keeping the uniform clean before leaving the houseReplyCancel

  • Debbie Y

    Trying to find shoes that fit each of my 4 kids. One has narrow feet, one very wide feet, one needs extra support and only one takes a standard fit. As you can imagine shoe shopping trips are just a tad trying!ReplyCancel

  • Andree

    Contacting books in a non air conditioned house! I would end up with it stuck on me, dripping with sweat and cursing!ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    getting out of bed is the hardest part especially since we have been sleeping in till after 8 and they need to be at school by then…not looking forward to it.ReplyCancel

  • The most frustrating thingsI find is new ideas for lunches…and getting my 10 year old to do his homework. It’s always difficult when neighbours are on our doorstop as soon as we get home.. Only 1 year until High School now though…ReplyCancel

  • Bel

    Finding the right pair of shoes that will last! I know how important feet are!ReplyCancel

  • Katie gibbons

    My biggest struggle this year will be finding shoes to fit my tiny preppie!ReplyCancel

  • Karen C

    The first day back when the nearest carpark is about a suburb away from the School, and you’re loaded down with a mountain of books which make you lose circulation in your arms. Then rushing to find classrooms and offload that mountain of books.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Getting out the door by 7am so that I’m at work on time. It’s horrid waking him at 615 :(ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    Our biggest struggle is finding the right ‘everything’ for four different personalities & needs. Weighing up needs & wants, social must-haves & quality can be overwhelming!ReplyCancel

  • Trudi Stefankowski

    Our biggest struggle is getting the kids up out of bed, dressed, fed and out the door in time. We are loving the stressless holidays and not looking forward to going back to such routine.
    I agree about buying quality shoes. They last longer so ends up costing the same if not less. I beleive we need to look after our childrens feet now while they are growing.ReplyCancel

  • I really struggle with the unknown of not knowing who my child teacher will be for the year.ReplyCancel

  • kay

    My biggest struggle is getting the kids back into a good, early bedtime routine after holidays, the getting, 1 to kindy, 2 to school, 1 to highschool, 2 to Uni and then 2 bubbas at home- its exhausting!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Wodson

    My daughter is very particular with her school items. All her folders and books are colour coded (her choice/need); uniform is prescribed, but as with any child, growth is constant and inevitable. The hardest thing is to reduce the stress that comes with sensory sensitivity with trying on new uniforms etc We have routines – one of them is Athlete’s Foot (thank goodness!)ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    Keeping them happy by involving them in buying books, clothes, shoes…they get to pick what they like within reason!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Sargent

    My biggest issue is my little poppet has tiny skinny feet and making sure she has comfortable shoes is tricky!! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah O

    Our biggest struggle is growth spurts, in 2 years we have gone from kids size 11 shoes to adults size 4, we have to buy good shoes with that sort of rapid growth, I hope it’s going to slow down! We are in year 2 this year and are wearing ladies size 12 swimmers (school sizing) not becuase she is fat, she’s tall. Goodness knows what size she’ll be in when she gets to year 6…ReplyCancel

  • Emma B

    A big struggle I have is getting my son to wear sunscreen in summer and his school jumper in winterReplyCancel

  • Ginny H

    My biggest hassle is preparing tasty gluten free food for my 10 yr old!ReplyCancel

  • Hulbie

    working out the battle between one pair of expensive shoes or multiple pairs of cheaper shoes (that will look new all year??) This blog couldn’t have come at a better time!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Carmichael

    This is the first year I will have Mutiple kids at Mutiple schools, my eldest is in year 10 and my middle child starts prep this year. Getting everyone ready and the drop offs will be interesting. I think I need to start practicising next week so we understand what’s needed of us come the actual start of school.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline H

    It’s all a struggle to stay focussed…getting up, breakfast, getting dressed, teeth done etc, etc…3 lovely children out of the house with smiles on their faces will probably be the biggest achievement…as they are loving the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Sheena

    My biggest struggle is to get my sons school shirts,the uniform shop is understaffed for the busy period and car parking is the most awkward car park I have ever been inReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle will be getting my son into a whole new routine as he is starting Secondary school also getting the bus on time. As he will be travelling from Melton to Ballarat 75km each way.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    Biggest struggle is realising my baby is another year older :( ReplyCancel

  • Attila the Mum

    The mornings are horrible – don’t want to get out of bed, don’t want to wear a uniform, can’t find the right books, forgot to put the shirt out to wash & then getting out the door in time to get to school & work for me.ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Trying to work out different lunches everyday. My son is fussy and this is my biggest struggle with him.ReplyCancel

  • Studying & highlighting newsletter so I don’t miss anything!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Williams

    The hardest thing I find about getting my girls (I have 3) ready to get back to school is covering all their books. This year I have 30!!! It takes me ages!! They are still too little to do it themselves (8,6 & 5)…my back is killing me!!! :) It is still exciting though…there is something about new stationery that I love!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alayna

    Finding shoes wide enough for my 2 kids with wide feet!! And finding sport shoes that are only white!!! ReplyCancel

  • Heather B

    I struggle to keep Mr 7 on task of a morning, he gets sidetracked far too easily. ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    There are a few struggles I face with 5 children in school this year.

    * Lunchbox variety while adhering to school policy on allergy awareness;

    * Earlier start time now that my eldest daughter will be starting preschool (sob, I’m not ready to let her go just yet) and getting to school on time;

    * Kitting everybody out isn’t going to be a quick one-time trip to the shops…. more like a week!!

    * Generally being more organised (after leisurely school holiday break) with early bedtime, uniforms laid out the night before, shoes polished, lunchboxes made up, no one lagging at breakfast time and everyone has a good nutritious breakfast, dressed, teeth brushed and bags packed… everyone in the car and ready to go before the school bell goes and….

    * First day tears …. keep a box of tissues in the car for me!

    Everyone is excited to go back to school in their new classrooms, new teachers and new friends as well as good friends.

    I am going to be a tad bit lost on their first day…. for the first time in 8 years I will have just one child home with me, my littlest daughter who’s nearly 3.ReplyCancel

  • Biggest struggle, Getting the older one to eat breakfast!! ARGH … thanks for the chance. p.s. alayna try the Ascent defenders they are awesome :)ReplyCancel

  • Aptly enough, my biggest struggle is with shoes! I make my son leave his school shoes in the car as he is notorious for forgetting his shoes (he much prefers barefeet). Then to add insult to injury he fills my car with sand when he takes them straight off in the car after school :|ReplyCancel

  • Vic Ashcroft

    Keeping on top of the washing pile…school uniforms!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirst

    Biggest struggle will be dropping off my little man for his first day of prep! Hardest thing to organise is going to be time, especially at the moment, still need uniforms, shoes & books whilst trying to move house :-/ (I do have bag & lunchbox thou)ReplyCancel

  • We are pretty organised and have to be as we have to travel a fair distance to get to school but the one challenge sometimes is when someone is still a little sleepy and dwardling over their breaky instead of getting their socks and shoes on. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    Keeping the volume down on my voice and avoiding the words “hurry up” to get them to school on time.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Getting myself looking presentable enough so that DD isn’t embarrassed lol!ReplyCancel

  • Finding stylish school shoes and ignoring the ‘I want to just wear what I want’ comments almost every day!ReplyCancel

  • Our daughter has Cystic Fibrosis and has to do a lot of treatments before school
    It is really good if she behaves but if she decides to fight us that day it is a nightmare and we are once again late for schoolReplyCancel

  • Katie

    Biggest challenge is the juggling of three kids in the morning to get out the door – my 6 year old is pretty independent about getting ready for school and loves to be ready early but we seemed to get pulled in all directions by his younger siblings.ReplyCancel

  • Trying to find shoes that fit properly! My daughter has flat feet but really fat on the top and is a little pigeon toed, so I really worry about what shoes to put on her feet.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge is finding a school bag, drink bottle, shoes etc that I am happy with but also she likes and she thinks look good.ReplyCancel

  • Smudgeydoo

    My problem isn’t getting the kids ready its getting me ready :-$. Love having them home for holidays. Kids can’t wait to get back and start learning. ReplyCancel

  • I imagine the hardest ting for us will be getting ready on time five days instead of three now that she is heading to Kindy.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge is finding a lunchbox that’s big enough to fit plenty of food + ice breaks without being too wide that it will eventually rip their new school bags!ReplyCancel

  • Organising healthy lunch and recess plans!ReplyCancel

  • ZanneSB

    For Miss11, shoes have always been a struggle as she’s very active and into all sports plus I found we had to buy a new pair every 6 months as her feet just kept growing. For Miss9, she’s so fussy with what she wears. One term, she’ll only wear skirts, the next only cullotes and last year only shorts!ReplyCancel

  • Biggest struggle? Getting the three of them out of bed!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shane Lawrence

    Getting my daughter to sit still for five minutes is always a challenge for me !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth West

    Getting back into routine after long lazy holiday days!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    I’m about to start this new chapter of our lives with my first born starting school… Therefore love the organised housewife for helping to stay one step ahead!ReplyCancel

  • Organising school books for high school. The primary school booklist is quite detailed with how many and what type of things are required, yet the high school list is quite vague. I usually end up with too many or not enough.ReplyCancel

  • Karlene

    Remembering everything. Lunch, drink bottle, hat, excursion money, show and tell, homework….ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Olsson

    My biggest struggle is the unknown. First one to start school and I don’t know where to begin in getting organised :O ReplyCancel

  • Laurie

    Shoes that fit, my boys have very wide and high feet like their daddy so all their sandals have to be velcro straps and no enclosed sandals, which makes finding prep schools a little challenging lol!ReplyCancel

  • susan

    Biggest struggle will be the mornings….. not a morning person… I am dreading the new routine I know we need to adopt as my first born goes to prep this year – also … Taking careful note of all organising tips and considering a practice week of park outings by 8.30am for 5 days!!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest challenge has been learning the ropes & getting tips as my little guy starts School for the first time.ReplyCancel

  • Getting to school on time is the hardest part on a constant basis…my partner and I are not good in the morning and our poor eldest son always gets to school late…time to turn over a new leaf me thinks!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Trying to remember who’s stuff is who’s! 3x uniforms of the same colour in very similar sizes!ReplyCancel

  • Getting three small ones (and myself) out of pj’s and into the car in ample time to arrive at school before the bell rings.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle school mornings is getting myself out of bed and organised! Two of my three kids organise themselves. My youngest is starting school this year so my routine is about to change.ReplyCancel

  • getting to school on time is my biggest struggle, i’m hopeless when it comes to time/organisationReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    My biggest struggle is making sure there are enough lunch choices for Miss 9 to make her school lunch….and to convince her that eating enough at school IS important!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Palmer

    Organizing the lunch boxes is my biggest struggle and trying to come up with new ideas so the kids don’t have the same thing all the time ????ReplyCancel

  • The biggest struggle I have is letting my daughter go to school – she will be in Grade 1 the year and is growing up way tooo fast. But on a organisational level I struggle with book coverings YUK !!!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce

    We love Athletes Foot, however when we went in this time last year we did not get very good service at our store. Didn’t even measure width or do the footprint, was very disappointed about that. Hoping for better this year… :/
    Biggest challenge will be travelling to all 3 different school sites of each child, and still getting them all there in time, especially with the baby wanting me to b’feed her exactly when we have to leave! :/ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Crosby

    My kids need structure and so its really important to have a morning and afternoon schedule so they don’t get overwhelmed or distracted. Visual aids are really helpful and a great motivator.ReplyCancel

  • Doné

    My biggest challenge is to keep on being organised throughout the year and not only the first two weeks of school.ReplyCancel

  • Ironing – she insists on wearing the school dress over the tshirt and skorts!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D

    Getting them out of bed! ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Getting the kids to school on time is always the biggest challenge for me.ReplyCancel

  • I just miss her so much when she goes back to school, she maybe 12 but she’s still my baby and I miss her like crazy when school goes back…o and remembering to buy fresh bread for lunches…if I forget she usually takes corn chips lol…ReplyCancel

  • Having to go shopping with the kids for things. One child on there own is fine but together is a nightmare.ReplyCancel

  • fitfabforty

    Packing a healthy lunch box every day, I’m a poor planner and usually wing it each morning.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky Siderides

    After the mayhem of getting 4 kids out the door to two different schools each morning, I find coming back home to an empty and trashed house the most difficult….ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Biggest struggle is not getting the kids ready and organise, its usually getting me back into the swing of it, and ensuring that I can get out of bed early and get the kids to school on timeReplyCancel

  • Julie Myhill

    Mornings are pretty good at our place, I work at the school my 2 children go to and we live just a few minutes walk away. My big scary challenge this year will be (cue horror music)… Homework!! My DS starts high school this year and I think it will be a shock to his system with homework and assignments. Bring it on!!ReplyCancel

  • Kara

    My biggest struggle so far is trying to get my daughter and I to be able to agree on things like school book covers, label colours etc. this is our first year at school and we are both very excited! :)ReplyCancel

  • Teneale

    Getting us all out the door on time!ReplyCancel

  • Kel McLaren

    This is the first year I have had a child go to school. My biggest struggle is that I just don’t know what he needs to start school, shoes, how many pieces of uniform he needs, eg 4 shirts. What variety of foods are best to pack or lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Zoe Fulcher

    Racing my girls to school bus on time after the daily fight over the hairbrush!! We must have 7 hairbrushes but can only ever find one when we’re rushing!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry Hall

    wanting to provide the best of everything for my children but knowing fiancially that is unrealistic :-(ReplyCancel

  • Helen Buttigieg

    Getting to school on time and trying not to forget to.put sunscreen on in the warmer weatherReplyCancel

  • Sarah r.

    Finding time to cover books. My kids new school wants everything covered!ReplyCancel

  • Kylee Bryan

    I LOVE Ascent school shoes, and I love that you mentioned they pretty much last all year (I’ve found that for my son too). My biggest struggle is getting out the door and to school on time – it’s one of my goals for improvement this year!!ReplyCancel

  • Time! I am so glad that I arranged all the books and uniforms before school finished last year, and already had purchased the schoolbag and lunchbox, as I am frantically busy with work and our own business right now. All I have left to get is a pair of school shoes and some earphones.

    Once school starts… I anticipate that creative ideas for school lunches could be my next challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Getting my teenager to change his sleep pattern back to school-suitable hours!ReplyCancel

  • Monika

    Creating interesting and healthy lunch boxes everyday!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    My biggest struggle is getting everyone to school on time, fully dressed including their shoes. Maybe I need some Athlete’s Foot shoes they just love to wear to make it easier!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    My biggest struggle is having to start getting up at 6am again after sleeping in all holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Coleman

    Getting everyone to school on time, calmly! Does help to have uniforms & lunches sort ed night before. ReplyCancel

  • diane

    My biggest struggle is getting 4 children to 3 different campus’ on time; with everything thing they need; and me to work by 9am….. and all of us happy……ReplyCancel

  • joofcanterbury

    My organisation matching, or mismatching with ‘their’ organisation.ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Finding the time & money at this time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    For me it’s so hard to keep school lunches new and fun.ReplyCancel

  • rosslynT

    As a single mother of three living rurally. My biggest headache is getting all children in the car to drive to the bus stop at 7.30.ReplyCancel

  • Derylynne

    Starting school in a new country will be challenge enough in itself!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren P

    My eldest daughter is starting prep this year – the whole new to school thing is a struggle for us.. So much to learn with the ins and outs of it all, school shopping, etc.. I think getting my daughter motivated & ready in the mornings is going to b a battle!!ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    Trying to get three kids out the door on time with minimal tantrums! Thanks for the giveaway chance xReplyCancel

  • Amanda Collins

    Finance! Wanting the girls to have the brands they want and the styles they like without comprimising the budget.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Bovaird

    My biggest struggle is getting the kids back into a routine. We relax for the first couple of weeks of Christmas holidays and don’t follow the bed time and get up routines as strictly so getting the kids back to getting up having breakfast and getting dressed can be hard. Everyone loves pj days!!! LolReplyCancel

  • Alison

    My 2 boys have Podiatry inserts (as a preventative measure not corrective.) Hubby & I have feet issues so our podiatrist suggested them for the kids now so when they are our age, they may not be required for the rest of their lives. Taking this into consideration I find this can make buying black leather shoes (dress style) an issue for the smaller foot as they are not always tall enough to accommodate the height of foot and the insert. My 8yr old is fine now his foot has grown with getting shoes, but my 5yr old going into Kindy at a size 12 with insert is an issue so far. Everything else is fine we have a routine set for before & after school and works a treat, have a bag storage area, and other purchases for returning to school are done… Just these shoes to go.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Rauchle

    My biggest struggle is finding where I have put last years leftover equipment – books, pencils, rubbers, book covers andespecially labels!! Every year they go in a “safe” and perfect spot, only to be MIA when I need them!ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    Getting all the fruit and veggies chopped up for the lunch boxes. Sometimes it’s such a drag, but I prefer they have a healthy lunch.ReplyCancel

  • marilyn

    When my three daughters were younger, they never looked forward to going back to school after the holiday breaks. That can be difficult to cope with as a motherReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    The hardest part is getting everyone back into routines, especially bed and wake up times!ReplyCancel

  • my daughters first year at school… so i have no idea on what im doing. but your tips are great thanksReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    I find time is my issue. I have five kids from 17yrs to 18 months, two of which are special needs. Every morning is time poorReplyCancel

  • jenny

    Up until this year it was the covering of books But this year i found EZ covers.
    Oh how my life was so much easier this year!!!ReplyCancel

  • Guest

    Time management, especially towards the end of each term.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Time management, especially towards the end of each term.ReplyCancel

  • tara

    My biggest challenge seems to be getting out the door in one try without having to make multiple trips back inside to collect forgotten items. it does my head in sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Val205

    PAYING FOR IT ALL!!!! Uniforms, shoes, socks, jocks, stationery, bags, lunchboxes, excursions, fees – the list goes on…ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is actually finding the time (and energy) to get the back-to-school shopping done…because it’s the school holidays the kids have to come with whichmakes everything twice as long, and whiney!ReplyCancel

  • Just getting the kids to listen is such a struggle! On the odd morning that they do listen, they can be ready to go so quickly, painlessly, and early!!ReplyCancel

  • I am pretty much organised for our daughter to start school for the first time except for her school shoes. We tramped around Pacific Fair on Monday in a world of being lost. As first time purchasers of school shoes we only wanted the best for our little girl. We were getting no where fast, until went walked past The Athlete’s Foot and I thought we would give them I try as well. Well they were fantastic. I am so happy with the service and professionalism from the staff in there and the shoe they chose for our daughter over all the others we tried in other shops was not only the best fit but the most comfortable pair of school shoes. So they are now on lay-by and we look forward to picking them up.ReplyCancel

  • Coming up with healthy, appetising “travelable” snacks and lunch 5 days in a row is going to be a bit of a challenge – although I am now armed with several good websites and cookbooks to help me with ideas:).ReplyCancel

  • What to put in my kids lunches. They eat everything but some of the favourites and easiest like peanut butter and jam or nutella a banned because of nut allergies, so thinking of new varieties and combos can get annoying!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Adjusting to making school lunches each day (as my son starts school this year).ReplyCancel

  • Getting them eager to go everyday in this awful heat. school should be out for the whole summer :-)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    My boy starts school this year so at this stage, my only struggle is trying to keep him entertained during the holidays, I’m sure there are going to be plenty more struggles to come :o)ReplyCancel

  • My eldest starts school this year, however, we move to a new town in a week. So my biggest challenge is a school that I’ve only been to once and my daughter’s only been to twice. I couldn’t even make it to the info session! And on top of this I have to move house and settle into a completely new town.ReplyCancel

  • My twins started kindergarten last year so homework wasn’t much more than home readers, but more often than not we were doing it over breakfast or whilst brushing their hair because they were too tired to focus and I was too unorganised after school. I hope to get a better routine happening this year!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew maxwell

    Getting them to remember their lunch box’sReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    My biggest struggle is finding quality shoe shoes that fit my boys well.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey-Lee Mifsud

    Having everything organised the night before so we are all ready to go first thing int the morning – it is always work in progress.ReplyCancel

  • Annette P

    My biggest struggle is organising myself! If I can get better at that, getting to school is a cinch

  • Getting everyone ready to go out the door at the same time….ReplyCancel

  • lois patrick

    Time is our biggest issue…everyone is busy with enjoying the holidays with their friendsReplyCancel

  • Managing to cover countless scrapbooks and exercise books with contact without resulting in a bunch of lumpy bumpy hodge podge items books the kids refuse to take to school. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie haile

    My daughter issued to dawdle in the mornings and was always late getting dressed so now she has to get dressed before coming out for breakfast. This has prevented a lot of arguments.

  • Jen

    finding a backpack that does not swamp my littlies and that will hold all their stuff and last the year!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie

    The biggest struggle getting the kids organised is lack of funds to purchase everything thats needed especially black school shoes and good quality sports shoes for 3 kids. It’s quite overwhelming.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is finding good quality contact to cover books. Most of the printed ones tear easily. My Miss 8 brings home 10 books at the start of the year to be covered. Next year my triplets start school so that will be 40 books to cover!! Not having to recover mistakes or tears is a must!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    My biggest problem is just getting them to school on time! We have a morning routine posted up in several places around the house, and we are quite firm during term about bedtimes, but it is a daily struggle 3 years into the school journey and no sign of improvement. Harder still on days when I leave the house for the day with them!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Buzelin

    My biggest struggle will be getting my 5 year old to eat his breakfast in under one hour ;)ReplyCancel

  • Neva

    As a first timer with my 4 year old starting Prep this year – EVERYTHING lolReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle will be finding enough foods for my 5yo to eat at school and to find a lunchbox big enough to hold it all! He has multiple life threatening allergies so has to eat lots of unusual combinations and cannot have breads etc. He eats pretty much all day – so it will be interesting to see how he goes when school starts.ReplyCancel

  • my biggest struggle is getting them to get out of bed,eat breakfast, brush their teeth and trying to make sure they have everything needed to make school more enjoyableReplyCancel

  • AmberB

    Getting the little one out of bed in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    Lunch boxes! ReplyCancel

  • kerry williams

    Bringing the kids back into the school routine of early nights and early mornings and saying goodbye to relaxing summer days, a slower pace and spontaneity! Our Family loves the summer holidays!ReplyCancel

  • TheMindfulMum

    My girls are not old enough for school yet but I imagine my biggest struggle will be getting all the kit together, the lists seem to be endless!! I will have to be super-organised. I do want to set a good example to them and not be a frantic nutter on the first day :)ReplyCancel

  • Deb K

    Getting out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa

    Encouraging kids to agree to practically not necessarily the prettiest shoedReplyCancel

  • getting them back into routine to get up in time and organised for the next dayReplyCancel

  • Definitely getting them out of “holiday mode” in the first few weeks – we are not morning people!ReplyCancel

  • sabby

    My 5 year old Little Miss is Autistic and she therefore has sensory issues and every morning is a battle to get her into her school uniformReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    Getting them to wake up!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest problem at the moment is that my husband and i both start work by 8am, so we have to have the kids up early to have breakfast, get dressed, etc and be out the door by 7:15am.ReplyCancel

  • Me trying to keep up with them as they are well ready to leave before I am.ReplyCancel

  • Getting out of bed to get them ready lolReplyCancel

  • Getting the kids to go shopping for school stuffReplyCancel

  • Getting myself organised for work the night before so I don’t have to rush my son to get ready the next morning.ReplyCancel

  • Vera

    Organising daily lunches with enough variety balance and nutrition and nothing being returned and getting it done reasonably quickly each nightReplyCancel

  • When they go back into their room after breakfast, it’s like they’ve gone into a black hole… where NOTHING gets done! Then it’s like we’re going backwards from there!ReplyCancel

  • Getting them to agree that they need and want the same things you need and want!ReplyCancel

  • macemesmum

    Definitely organising the notes that one home on a daily basis. A pin up board is ok but I definitely need more help in this area.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Getting them organised, without saying the same thing over and over. I am so sick of sounding like a broken record!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Harlow

    Getting up on time on that first day back after 7 weeks of sleep ins. The kids are hard to get out of bed too ;)ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra M

    Getting them to tell me what they’d like in their lunch order…which means it’s much easier to simply pack them a lunch so they have no choice in the matter!ReplyCancel

  • Getting my daughter dressed… she drags her feet when it comes to getting out of her pjs and half the time I end up doing it for her!ReplyCancel

  • Getting them to get ready without getting constantly distracted. It drives me insane!ReplyCancel

  • Falon Downing

    Making sure they take everything they need to, especially things like notes, is always fought!ReplyCancel

  • Falon Downing

    tough! :)ReplyCancel

  • NickyJ

    Getting Master 3 to eat his breakfast in a timely manner e.g. under 45 minutes!!! so that Miss 6 wont be late!!!ReplyCancel

  • Fabulolus blogs such as yours keeping me awake at night thus making me sleep in at the morning!ReplyCancel

  • Lopitta

    Getting my boys dressed, fed and put the door without losing my marbles is a struggle ReplyCancel

  • catching the bus on time.ReplyCancel

  • Getting out that front door on time, there’s always something that delays it.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is stopping my children fighting in the morning over the bathroom, taking long showers and leaving the bathroom a messReplyCancel

  • Getting my girls moving each morning is a real task. Everything is ready to go, but they move so slow.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy H.

    Eating breakfast just seems to drag out FOREVER!!ReplyCancel

  • Michele L

    I don’t understand how books, schoolbag, papers, lunch box and homework can be strewn from one end of the house to the other. It is a treasure hunt nightly to organize everything.ReplyCancel

  • maplebjb

    On a bad day it’s like herding cats, they get so easily distracted and once I have one organised the others disappear.ReplyCancel

  • christina

    Trying to get them out of bed is the worst especially after School HolidaysReplyCancel

  • My kids know what they have to do but are so easily distracted! I have to constantly prompt, remind etc to keep them ‘on task’.ReplyCancel

  • shar31

    Making sure everyone taken lunch and the correct ones some have allergiesReplyCancel

  • Getting the kids out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina

    My biggest struggle is dealing with my kids nagging me about how much longer til they can go back, my girls love school, the last day of school was saying goodnight to Miss 11 and she said ” I wish we had school tomorrow ” lol I was never like that haha, least I never have trouble getting them to go.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki F

    With each child comes a different challenge. With my daughter it’s getting her up and out of bed and being able to offer something for lunch she will actually eat. Lunch just doesn’t seem important to her. My son is the opposite and bounds out of bed and eats everything in his lunch but lacks motivation to learn and do any homework.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Getting our ‘timetables’ to work together, school timetables vs work timetables…..especially a new school and a new school year always lots of new things to add to the scenarioReplyCancel

  • michele collins

    finding shoes that will fit my son he has huge feetReplyCancel

  • Karen Kitto

    Remembering to pack their drink bottles.ReplyCancel

  • School lunches, now that my children are older, getting them to eat at school is harder then ever! They leave lunches at home in the fridge to eat after school.ReplyCancel

  • Mick

    Um… getting them out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • I have 5 kids -the kids booklists do me in every year!!!ReplyCancel

  • getting the little ones up and ready and myself in time to drop the big one at school!! they choose to sleep in at the wrong time!ReplyCancel

  • I struggle to get Emma dressed in the morning. As soon as I turn around she has taken off her clothes and we have to start from scratch.

    The record is three times for undressing and redressing. Needless to say we are usually late!ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is trying to find my son’s shoes and/or tie every morning! When he gets home from school he ‘drops’ them in the most random places. Aargh!!!ReplyCancel

  • Charisse Childs

    Finding a time when the least amount of people will be at the shops so we aren’t waiting ages for assistance.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting ME out of bed LOL. This will be our first year of full time school in our family and I’m apprehensive as to how it will go getting ready everyday! I think I’m going to make a routine chart to help my sons get ready on their own.ReplyCancel

  • Encouraging the kids to be independant whilst trying to make sure they don’t forget anything important for school.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Lee

    Getting their shoes on in the morning. Seriously?! How hard is it? They do it everyday, but I have to ask 4 or 5 times, building into a screaming crescendo as we race out the door, still shoeless….ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting them out the door at 7.45am to catch the school bus with everything they need x 2 – and the shrieks of ” That’s mine ” when we have the same item and the label is missing.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Morrison

    Finding the keys!ReplyCancel

  • jodie f

    getting him to hurry up and not sit down and read a book instead of getting ready.ReplyCancel

  • getting them to wake up, teenagers:/ReplyCancel

  • Annelee

    Trying to get them to take a healthy lunch…it gets harder every year.ReplyCancel

  • Luvlee6

    Getting my gorgeous little Miss 6 to eat her breakfast… its like pulling hens teeth!ReplyCancel

  • kay brymer

    Want something that looks like a leather school shoe but a great sneakerReplyCancel

  • getting them out of bed they love their sleepReplyCancel

  • Peter McDonough

    Getting them off the XboxReplyCancel

  • Getting them dressed and in the car to be on time for school. At least once in the week we make it.ReplyCancel

  • gettting them to eat, brush their teeth, be ready on time… god, I look forward to the summer holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Josie

    Getting myself organised first:)ReplyCancel

  • Getting the bedtime routine again,
    It makes me insane!
    Late nights and early morning,
    We all can’t stop snoring.ReplyCancel

  • Getting my 5 year old to listen is my biggest struggle on a school morning! ReplyCancel

  • alesha

    little Miss starts this year, my biggest struggle will be remembering what days & being on timeReplyCancel

  • Mastering the morning routine of getting everyone to where they need to be on time! (Work, Kindy School etc)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Schmitt

    I really, really struggle with that rotten stuff called Contact when trying to cover their school booksReplyCancel

  • Maxina

    Making sure they have everything ready last yr we ended up with 2 lots of text books ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting shoes to last more than a term for Miss 12. She is a ballerina, and over the years has developed a distinctive walk that is heavy on the inside of her foot. While her feet and turnout are awesome for ballet, they are murder on regular shoes, especially cheap ones. By the end of term one, the inside of the heel is starting to wear down, and instead of walking naturally, her shoes enforce a problematic down slanted walk which is not good! It makes her look wonky and bowlegged. Keeping up with her and protecting these ballerina feet of hers is my biggest back to school problem each year, so far I’ve never found a person to fit her who can advise on slowing down the deterioration of the heels.ReplyCancel

  • Lunches – I am always at the supermarket topping up the fruit supply.ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    Getting my youngest son, 6, out of bed on time and to actually eat breakfast before we all have to be out the door in time to get to work and school.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is having to drag 3 kids around to all the different stores for each item, you need to just to make sure you get the quality good so you are not dragging them around the stores again a month later because everything has worn out.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting myself up to organise them as I work night shifts and don’t get to bed til 2amReplyCancel

  • We also seem to loose the school hats, it’s a frantic scramble everymorning to find themReplyCancel

  • Ros

    My biggest hassle is getting my sons not to drag their feet and hurry up.ReplyCancel

  • Making sure my teenagers have had something half healthy for breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • sam

    Just getting them up in the morning after those long summer holidays (and forcing them to go to bed at a decent time.)ReplyCancel

  • Hardest thing about getting the kids organised for school?
    Trying to come up with suitable, healthful and interesting lunches!

    Every. Single. Day.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Getting my kids out of bed will be my biggest struggle, as they have been sleeping in alot these holidaysReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    My biggest struggle is packing a nutritious and exciting snack and lunch every day. I’ve run out of ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Amyas

    Getting everything they need to school–I always seem to be told of something vital once we’re in the car.ReplyCancel

  • Getting them to wake up in time,on a schoolday,but if its the weekend they are up very earlyReplyCancel

  • getting them to eat breakfast, they always say they are not hungry but I hate the thought of sending them to school with an empty tummyReplyCancel

  • I have a printed list of everything my kids need to take (hat, lunch, waterbottle etc). Most mornings I run through the list… “have you got your hat, lunch etc”. The response is “yes”. Until we get to school and discover… no hat… or no waterbottle…. AARrrgghhhh. That is probably my most frustrating thing…. although there is more frustrations each and every morning.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte

    Getting lunches packed fresh and full of things that will actually be eaten and not return home mangled in the bottom of the school bag!ReplyCancel

  • My Miss 7yo everyday we go through this trouble of her misplacing her shoes , they have a spot but this always happens without fail!ReplyCancel

  • Encouraging my teenage son to eat breakfast when I can’t stomach it either!ReplyCancel

  • Kate evans

    Finding the right shoes is the hardest thing in our householdReplyCancel

  • dani.brennan

    My biggest struggle is getting Miss 11 ready for school in the morning.. it can take her up to 1/2 hour to eat her breakfast in the morning! Frustrating +ReplyCancel

  • ACasa

    Trying to remember WHEN is banking day! I use a post-it in his diary and just move the post-it to the next week. Missed it too many times.ReplyCancel

  • Buying school shoes ..with my teen daughters convincing them that wearing quality shoes with arch support to prevent problems later on in life and with Miss 5 getting shoes that properly fit she has a wide foot and says yes to everything.ReplyCancel

  • I find it hard to keep track of all the notes – we had a few missed excursions last year, and I’ve misplaced 2 booklists – aargh! We had a spot on the fridge for them but they were always pulled down by one of my cheeky monkeys and lost. I don’t have the space for one of the awesome school bag nooks, and with 4 kids at school next year (1 at high school) I really need to find a system that will work for us!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    The biggest struggle is definitely getting them out of bed!ReplyCancel

  • My eldest refuse to eat breakfast. On top of this, she can’t cope with scheduling her homework. Trying to get her into good eating and study habits is completely overwhelming.ReplyCancel

  • Finding a pair of shoes that my daughter likes within the budget! she hasnt hit the brand name stage yet but is sure hard to please when it comes to wearing a pair of shoes!ReplyCancel

  • Kalina

    My biggest struggle is not managing the hours in the day so i can fit
    everything in! Mornings are hectic and set the pace for my busy day at
    my full time job, then i rush off to gym to make sure i stay fit and
    healthy so i am able to fully provide for my family! Then its school
    pick ups, sport or homework, dinner, and prepare for the day ahead. I
    would say all of these factors contribute to my struggles during back to
    school times.ReplyCancel

  • time management, always an issue!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda S

    Finding BOTH shoes is always a challenge!ReplyCancel

  • chrystal

    I’d be lost without my check list.ReplyCancel

  • Keeping my eldest daughter motivated is my biggest struggle, she’s quite content just to do what she has to just to get by.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    I must say that I don’t really struggle, have all the lunches made and packed the night before. This year may be different with the youngest at Kindy 3 days a week though!ReplyCancel

  • Getting my kids out of bed in the mornings! It’s always a drama, but once they’re up it’s usually pretty easy to get them fed, dressed and out the door….ReplyCancel

  • I am always running late & forgetting which day is library day, banking day etcReplyCancel

  • Lisa Galati

    Getting them to get moving in the morningsReplyCancel

  • Getting everyone to finish breakfast :)ReplyCancel

  • We actually get to school 1/2 hour early to go to reading club 4 days a week (with 3 kids 8 and under). I make sure we have ingredients ready for healthy easy to make lunches (eg whole fruits, yogurts and simple sandwiches). For real emergencies I have pre written tuckshop bags with the money all ready. I have found my biggest enemy is the tv – if the tv is on the kids will watch it and not do the right thing.ReplyCancel

  • where to start…. umm its different every morning… they take turns.. so can I say my kids moods…. one morning it may be waking them up.. the next morning 1 will have melt down because I put out a pair of shorts and not their skirt.. the next morning is because they don’t like what I put in their lunch… I can have 1 ready and be able to walk out the door an hour early and still be late to school because the other is dragging their feet..ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Getting the contact on the books without creases and bubbles, and then deciding where the name label should go. top right hand , middle, bottom.ReplyCancel

  • My biggest struggle is getting the 3of my 4 children to wait until it is school time- they often are ready by 7am and cant wait to get to school! I keep telling their teachers school isn’t supposed to be that much fun! :-). But they love school, which is a great thing!

  • My biggest struggle is trying to think of something interesting for lunch! My poor daughter ends up with jam sandwiches most days.ReplyCancel

  • i find the hardest thing is waiting for the first day….my two are in grade one and preschool (for second year) and as much as they love holidays they get excited for school to begin meet new teachers and friends and whole structure of school. i am sure in a few years time they wont be excited to return to school lol.ReplyCancel

  • Billie MacGinley

    Getting them out the door!ReplyCancel

  • It’s not my daughter that has the struggle, it’s me that’s disorganised! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alysia Wright

    My biggest struggle is putting clothes on my 6 year old and then once they are on its getting her shoes on. She is VERY fussy and things have to fit PERFECT in every way!!!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter is rarely hungry in the mornings so getting her to eat a decent breakfast before school is our biggest struggleReplyCancel

  • Kelly Barr

    My boys haven’t started school yet, but with daycare our biggest struggle is getting there on time…routines do help, and I will be implementing them in a much more structured manner once school starts.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Benhiam

    I can never see behind my back. While I’m giving one child their stationery pack another is going through the box and picking things out that he thinks he needs. He even swaps with his younger brother so that he has 2 pairs of scissors and his brother gets none. It gets annoying and this year I’m writing names on everything in the biggest writing possible and colour coding so I can instantly see if big brother has conned his brother again.ReplyCancel

  • Getting miss 6 to eat breakfast in a timely manner… it can take her half hour for one slice of toast!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Bell

    Getting my daughter to eat breakfast! She is so easily distracted, always off with the fairies that usually one peice of toast takes 40 mins! Arrgghhhh……ReplyCancel

  • My biggest battle is getting into a good morning routine before school goes back…nothing worse that everyone not waking up until 8:30 when school starts at 8:50!ReplyCancel

  • I’m a first time school mum, this is the first year for my little girl, so everything seems very daunting. It doesn’t help that I lost her school requirements list, the shoe shop I went to today didn’t have her size and I am feeling completely clueless despite being an intelligent, sensible woman lol!ReplyCancel

  • Carla

    Convincing them to eat their lunches so I am not greeted by cranky hungry boysReplyCancel

  • Michelle Andrews

    This is my first year as a Kindy mum…not so much worried about getting uniforms or school items ready…more worried about what to pack for lunch each day!!! Already struggle with dinner every night as cooking is not one of my favourite things to do.ReplyCancel

  • Faysie

    Getting the ‘little treasures’ out of bed is a drama at our place…lol They don’t want to go to bed at night, and don’t want to get up in the morning… (Must take after their Mum)..ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Callanan

    Our biggest struggle is getting ready in the morning and getting to school on time.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Herman

    My biggest struggle of going back to school is helping to get my son settled back into the busy school routine. He takes a couple of weeks to settle- in that time he gets tired & moody and can be difficult to deal with. Once settled he is fine again.ReplyCancel

  • Lunchboxes no matter how planned and organised I am something goes wrong and it costs so much time. We are forever lateReplyCancel

  • hipodipo64

    My biggest problem is finding laceup’s small enough for my tiny footed boy!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid

    Getting them both ready at the same time! On is always lagging behind!ReplyCancel

  • Getting the little buggers out of bed!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    For me this year it is organizing myself to get somewhere to buy the school shoes. Have a newborn, so everything is a logistical exercise at moment. Have ordered rest of stuff online. Just need to get to Athletes Foot (we live in the country so our closest is an hour away) to buy some. ReplyCancel

  • Courtney

    Getting them out of their pajamas. Many a trip to school has been made in pjs…ReplyCancel

  • finding missing odd socksReplyCancel

  • Ann

    The youngest is very fussy that everything has to look just so. I, on the otherhand, do not understand why socks have to match. I may have to implement a policy where one colour gets chosen and problem solved!ReplyCancel

  • Letting my kids choose their own school things. (My inner-stationery diva wants to organise and label everything perfectly; my kids want mismatched chaos). Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Marguarite

    As a 1st time school parent I’m scouring food websites looking for healthy, appealing and easy to eat school lunches and snacks! All my daughter wants is peanut butter cause I told her she wasn’t allowed it!!! LolReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My son does not cope without routine so this is my biggest struggle especially after the holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Finding school shoes to fit my daughter is the biggest struggle for me! Her foot is wide & high and her shoes need to fit orthodics.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Turner

    Lunch box ideas!! I will be sure to check yours out :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    This year’s biggest problem for me has been that the kids all want to upgrade to new school bags and insulated lunch bags, even though last years are still in perfect nick……all because Miss 6 thinks Tinkerbell is too babyish now, Miss 11 no longer thinks Monster High is cool, and Miss 14 has reached an age and a new ‘style’ where she would DIE to be seen with anything pink or purple. Arrggghhh!!! So my tip for other mums – be very careful when buying character/themed merchandise! Especially if you wanted to get a couple years out of it. Stick to classic stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    Lunches are made and bags are packed ready the night before but our biggest struggle when it comes to organising kids for school is getting them to eat without mucking around and dress without time wasting. Always allow more time than you think you will need!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I biggest struggle is getting Mr 6 to get dressed for school. Im sure I ask him 10 times before he does it.ReplyCancel

  • Keeping kids focused on awareness of time to get them through the door at the right time has always been my difficulty!ReplyCancel

  • armstrongsarah

    Finding the time to go shoppingReplyCancel

  • Too many children to organise.ReplyCancel

  • The biggest struggle is getting my kids to have everything eaten so that they have time to brush their teeth before the bus shows up….or else their teacher tells them they will cavities!ReplyCancel

  • Getting them back into a routine after such a long holiday.ReplyCancel

  • getting them upReplyCancel

  • My daughter hates leaving her baby sisters behind at home- she knows they get into her toys!

  • Julianne

    Trying to get to school on time has always been a hassle and now they have decided to start school 5 minutes earlier this year!!!ReplyCancel

  • Getting out the door with everythin we’re supposed to have.ReplyCancel

  • Leayas

    Without a shadow of a doubt it is the dreaded spectre of SCHOOL LUNCHES!!! I am constantly trying to find ideas of what to prepare that is tasty, healthy and doesn’t look like a dog’s dinner by the time lunch time rolls around. Throw in summer heat and the difficulty factor is multiplied by 100!ReplyCancel

  • By getting them back into a sleep routine & eating breakfast in the morning, not luchtimeReplyCancel

  • Getting them out of bed each morning.ReplyCancel

  • Getting all the baking down for school lunchesReplyCancel

  • Tracy J

    Our biggest struggle is getting our 10 yr old son to move at greater than glacial speed! He loves school, but hates being awake earlier than 9am. A shame when he has to be up at 6!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Baker

    Getting hubby to see the importance of going tback to early bed times at least a week before school starts, if not more, rather than just the night before.ReplyCancel

  • Mareesa Cunneen

    My first year as a Kindy mum, so I don’t know what post, but would love to win a voucher ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry-anne

    My bigggest challenges getting the kids ready for school are ;
    Getting the youngest up in the morning.
    Decisions on and the eating of Breakfast.
    Getting the kids out the door and avoiding the genuinely lovely eldery neighbour who has a knack of coming over to say hello every time we are running late !ReplyCancel

  • Linda Jones

    My biggest challenge is actually getting the kids into bed early enough so they wake at a reasonable time on a school morning. If we are all up early enough everything runs smoothly and there is no stress.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I know we have loads of lunchbox choices but good old sandwiches are a great fallback. Unfortunately my youngest son is a fuss pot and claims he doesn’t like sandwiches. So I am ALWAYS on the lookout for “Non-sandwich” lunchbox ideas.ReplyCancel

  • at the last minute i cant find my socks so it is hide and seek until we find themReplyCancel

  • making sure that we havent forgoten something, some days is library day, another is sports, another day they might have to bring something in for a project, just keeping up with each day/week changing at the last minute, or it could be casual day and remembering that so they are the only ones in school uniform. So i have to try to be organised for each day and remember what they have on it could also be swimming after school or an extra netball practice. Very hard sometimes to keep up.ReplyCancel

  • getting my kids out of bed! always a struggleReplyCancel

  • Angela

    The toughest thing for me is not doubling up by buying things new which we have leftover from the year before. ReplyCancel

  • Choosing a lunchbox that lasts all year!ReplyCancel

  • Getting Mr 6 to get ready before playing in the mornings. I started creating a list on a small white board that he could cross off the required tasks as they were done, and when finished he was ready to go and able to play until it was time to leave for school!ReplyCancel

  • Getting them out of bed in the mornings…its like pulling hens teeth..ReplyCancel

  • Christina

    My biggest struggle is getting lunches ready.ReplyCancel

  • Lani

    That any important “notes” from school are out of schoolbags and in my hand, without food stains all over !!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Biggest struggle…getting out of the door, with everyone and everything, CALMLY! :)ReplyCancel

  • googzy

    These days its making sure they get up in in time for school, all they seem to do is sleep.ReplyCancel

  • Remembering EVERYTHING!! If it’s not their hat, they don’t have socks on or their lunch is still on the bench, all the usual shananiggins that go on in the morning!ReplyCancel

  • Having 6 weeks holiday than turning around to 5 days school its a struggle to get bed time routine back in order.ReplyCancel

  • Caseybree

    My biggest struggle is that this is my first year as a school Mum so I am yet to discover what I need to do. Thankfully I have Kat to help me!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Having to make creative lunches everyday which they will want to eat !ReplyCancel

  • MeganH

    Locating everything that needs to go with them daily.ReplyCancel

  • Getting my kids organised is the biggest problem. They have always liked doing things on their time, not the generally accepted time schedule. Other than that it is the time to sort, buy and name everything – generally I am up until 3am the morning before school goes back!ReplyCancel

  • Waking everyone up. This is a sleep-in householdReplyCancel

  • Monique

    everything! need to be organised and getting better thanks to your challenges! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dorizzi

    My biggest struggle is getting the kids to sit still (they are aged 4, nearly 3 and 14 months).ReplyCancel

  • Finding new and interesting ways to pack their lunch so that they will actually eat the healthy stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Giovanna Scott

    Biggest struggle is getting me ready after my jog in the morning LOL. The kids are fine. I just don’t want to look like a chewed-up-spat-out-red-faced-sweating monster when I take them to their classroom :DReplyCancel

  • Getting everyone out of bed and out the door on time without loosing my voice.ReplyCancel

  • getting them to like their school shoes!! really my children hate their cheap kmart shoes this would be ideal comfty and stylish!ReplyCancel

  • It’s doesn’t matter if you have a hour or 2 hours for them to get ready, there is always something that pops up to make them late for the bus.ReplyCancel

  • becky s

    Time, theres never enough no matter how prepared i amReplyCancel

  • Getting them to be responsible for their own things.ReplyCancel

  • I homeschool my daughter, so I would have to say my biggest struggle is getting her curriculum ready for the new year!ReplyCancel

  • Piachay

    The biggest struggle is ME I have to wake early to be organised I need time to breath so when my little angels wake up they’ll be greeted with a smile and packed lunchesReplyCancel

  • getting back into a routine is the hardest thing. After not worrying if their still in their pj’s at 10am to having to be up and out that first morning is a killer. Being organised will help but only so far.ReplyCancel

  • getting them back into their school hours routine after a long summer break, and getting them to school all bright and sparkyReplyCancel

  • Getting Master 6 dressed, He starts out with a whole uniform then he can find his hat one days, shoes the next the list goes on …it’s very frustrating!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Santi

    My biggest struggle is getting them out the door. They don’t organise themselves, I really need to push it a bit harder this year. Perhaps some kind of rewards chart.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Making lunches that are acceptable by me and miss 7 year old ;)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn H

    My biggest struggle with school mornings is teaching my daughter how to tie her shoelaces! One year in and she still hasn’t learned so there will still be battles every morning. Ugh.ReplyCancel

  • I have 2 kids 1 who happily eats sandwiches for lunch the other doesn’t eat bread (by choice) trying to make lunches which is not a sandwich can be time consuomingReplyCancel

  • Finding the school supplies they ‘like’ within the budget that I like!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Organizing healthy school lunches that they like.ReplyCancel

  • realizing how fast they are growing upReplyCancel

  • Its important to find kids shoes with high quality and worth of its price…..ReplyCancel

{Free Printable} Back to school Organising Checklist

Use this back to school checklist to help you remember everything there is to purchase, label and do before the kids return back to school. Be sure to pop back each day through January for all my tips  and ideas for back to school organising. What tips would you like to read for back to […]

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  • Lisa

    Would love some help with quantities of things to have for back to school (uniforms & supplies) as I traditionally buy way too much! I have primary school aged kids. A countdown for back to school based on your checklist would be awesome (loved your label post!!). Thanks for all that you do & happy new year to you & your family :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s a fabulous idea for a post Lisa adding it to my calendar now. I buy my kids 3 uniforms each, I can elaborate more in a post JReplyCancel

  • Erin

    I am a ‘new-to-school’ mum with my eldest heading off to kindy this year – so what I need to have/do on a practical level would be good. The checklist is already pretty helpful with this – thank you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa

    Would love some ideas as to biscuits, slices, cupcakes that are suitable to make before and freeze that are also suitable to go to school, ie healthy eating etc. Also lunch box ideas as mine seem to be too repetitive. Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • […] I still armed myself with The Organised Housewife’s Back to School checklist, some coloured pens (because coloured pens make the mundane a little more bearable) and a list of […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Think and Plan what you need to buy, do and label. Do you need more iron-on labels? Or do you need to buy contact to cover the kids books? It makes your whole shopping and ordering process a lot quicker and simpler too. Check out this great checklist from The Organised Housewife!  […]ReplyCancel

  • How do you label socks?
    Also, would love inspiration for lunch boxes, please?ReplyCancel