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

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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 wear thongs, but as they are spending 6 hours or more a day in school shoes I need to know they are supporting their growing feet.  My hubby has had bad back problems from a very young age and as my kids all have his slender build I suspect they may possibly have the same issues.  I hope by buying good quality shoes now will result in less back problems later in life.

Our school allows the kids to wear a sports uniform every day of the week, which is great because the kids usually run around the oval in class most days and have a PE lesson once a week.  During the lunch breaks the boys like to play handball or soccer on the oval while the girls have a game of tiggy or play on the monkey bars. Before school ended last year I was given a pedometer to measure the number of steps Mr 9 did each day, on average he did 8,457 steps per day.  This is a whole lot more compared to my number of steps which was 3,753. But realistically our activity is very different, as you just read the kids run around a lot each day and I find myself working at the computer most of the day.  However I do recognise that I need to improve my number of steps.

Mr 9 has his fathers capability of running really well

Shoes can get worn and scuffed on the side from kids sitting on concrete, look for quality leather and double stitching to ensure durability of the shoes

With lots of running around in mind, I prefer to buy the kids black sports shoes.  It fits with the school uniform code and they will have the support and comfort needed each day.

We visited The Athletes Foot soon after the new year, I prefer this time as it’s very busy the week or two prior to school returning and if we go early January this ensures that they have the shoes in stock we want, if not, then there is ample time to order them in.

The team at The Athlete’s Foot measure the kids feet to determine the correct size (this is where I learnt my kids have different size feet, one is bigger than the other), they also keep in mind the width of their feet and get the kids to walk over the fit print (the kids find this so fun) which allows them to see if their feet are rolling when they walk or if they are using one area of their foot more predominately in each step, which indicated my son puts most weight on the back of his feet.  With this in mind they then select a shoe best for the feet.  We were given 2 different pairs of shoes to begin with, Ascent and Clarks.  Mr 9 walked around in each of them to determine which one was most comfortable.  Hayden, The Athlete’s Foot staff member, was telling Mr 9 how important it is now to concentrate and choose the right shoe, make sure they are comfortable, his feet aren’t slipping at the back and they weren’t too tight.  Cleverly The Athlete’s Foot staff member could tell which one he would prefer as he could see with his eyes the shoe that looked most comfortable with each step.  Mr 9 chose the Ascent Cluster 2 in Black.  Which didn’t surprise me because he has worn Ascent shoes from The Athletes Foot each year since prep.  I have found them to have the durability to last all year and they provide the support and cushioning for his busy active days at school.  Ascent school shoes are also exclusive to The Athlete’s Foot store, so they have Clarkes and Ascent in stores now.

New this year, The Athlete’s Foot are now stocking a variety of Clarks shoes.  All their shoes are available online and in over 130 stores Australia wide, find stores here.

View The Athlete’s Foot back to school catalogue here

Top tips when selecting shoes:

  • Consider how much activity they will do each day.
  • No matter how much in a rush you maybe, remember to try shoes on both feet.  The twins strangely have different size feet.  Eg, right is half a size bigger than the left.  So it’s important to try the shoes on both feet.
  • Take socks with you when trying on shoes.
  • Consider that one pair of good quality shoes maybe the same of less expensive than buying multiple pairs of cheaper shoes throughout the year.
  • Leather shoes ensure durability
  • Avoid shoes that have been worn by another child.  Eg, handing down shoes from a sibling.  These shoes have been moulded to the shape of the child’s feet that was previously wearing them and this can cause problems for your child.

PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Winner is G. Scott.

One lucky readers has the chance to win a $50 The Athlete’s Foot voucher  

For your chance to win leave me a comment below telling me what’s your biggest struggle when it comes to organising kids for school.

This is not a game of skill, winner will be randomly chosen.

Giveaway ends midnight, Thursday 17th January 2013.

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468 comments

Kara Chaseling January 9, 2013 - 9:56 AM

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!

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Lyn Head January 9, 2013 - 9:58 AM

having finances available after christmas is my biggest struggle!

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Westcoastkell January 9, 2013 - 9:58 AM

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!

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Leona January 9, 2013 - 9:59 AM

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

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Elle Kilmister January 9, 2013 - 9:59 AM

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!!

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Leanne Barker-Franks January 9, 2013 - 9:59 AM

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!

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Tina Munro January 9, 2013 - 10:00 AM

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.

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Mel Booth January 9, 2013 - 10:00 AM

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

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lisa goddard January 9, 2013 - 10:00 AM

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….

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Bel Shepherd January 9, 2013 - 10:01 AM

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

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Catherine Coad January 9, 2013 - 10:04 AM

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!!

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Justine Hope January 9, 2013 - 10:04 AM

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).

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Cocoa Jo January 9, 2013 - 10:05 AM

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!

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Tanya January 9, 2013 - 10:08 AM

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.

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Kerri January 9, 2013 - 10:08 AM

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!

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Donna January 9, 2013 - 10:10 AM

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.

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Sarah January 9, 2013 - 10:11 AM

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.

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Angie Boylan January 9, 2013 - 10:14 AM

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!

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Mardi Chapman January 9, 2013 - 10:14 AM

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.

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Kelgus January 9, 2013 - 10:17 AM

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!!!!!!

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Kathy Britt LeBreton January 9, 2013 - 10:26 AM

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.

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Victoria January 9, 2013 - 10:30 AM

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!

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lizknits99 January 9, 2013 - 10:30 AM

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

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Carly January 9, 2013 - 10:34 AM

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.

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Anne January 9, 2013 - 10:35 AM

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.

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Raelene January 9, 2013 - 10:35 AM

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!

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Megan January 9, 2013 - 11:14 AM

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 hahaha

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Leeanne January 9, 2013 - 11:18 AM

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

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Michelle January 9, 2013 - 11:27 AM

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.

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Laura January 9, 2013 - 11:28 AM

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!

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Yvette January 9, 2013 - 11:30 AM

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!

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Rach January 9, 2013 - 11:31 AM

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

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Megsy January 9, 2013 - 11:40 AM

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 😀

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Annette January 9, 2013 - 11:44 AM

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

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Caitlin Taylor January 9, 2013 - 11:50 AM

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.

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Kylie oconnell January 9, 2013 - 12:00 PM

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

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Jen January 9, 2013 - 12:09 PM

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.

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Suzie Love January 9, 2013 - 12:10 PM

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.

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Jo January 9, 2013 - 12:12 PM

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.

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Mandy January 9, 2013 - 12:25 PM

Getting ready and out the door on time.

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Jalna January 9, 2013 - 12:53 PM

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

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Simone January 9, 2013 - 12:56 PM

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 🙂

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Lexi Muhlenbeck January 9, 2013 - 12:58 PM

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

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Melinda Roche Kumar January 9, 2013 - 1:08 PM

girls want them to actually LOOK good too !

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Sylvia Breuer January 9, 2013 - 1:15 PM

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…

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Shannon r January 9, 2013 - 3:12 PM

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 !!!!

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Meredith Chiswell January 9, 2013 - 3:17 PM

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.

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Di January 9, 2013 - 3:36 PM

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!

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Kiwi Sarah January 9, 2013 - 4:02 PM

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!

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Gayle Richardson January 9, 2013 - 4:15 PM

Waking up in time to be organised in the morning!

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Nadia Rimmer January 9, 2013 - 4:21 PM

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!

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Carol .J January 9, 2013 - 4:45 PM

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 …..lol!!!!

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Julie C January 9, 2013 - 4:54 PM

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.

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Kelly January 9, 2013 - 4:57 PM

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

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Dee January 9, 2013 - 6:32 PM

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.

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Diana O January 9, 2013 - 6:33 PM

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.

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Ian H January 9, 2013 - 6:38 PM

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

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anARKy January 9, 2013 - 7:32 PM

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!!

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RonCor FreshHydroponics January 9, 2013 - 8:09 PM

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.

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Louise January 9, 2013 - 8:13 PM

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.)

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RossS12 January 9, 2013 - 8:28 PM

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.

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Alyra Shaw January 9, 2013 - 8:31 PM

Getting back into routine after the long summer holidays 🙂

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Effie Bakkalis January 9, 2013 - 8:39 PM

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!

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karina w January 9, 2013 - 8:41 PM

Waking up early in the morning again!

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Gabby H January 9, 2013 - 8:50 PM

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 😉

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Kris Dickens January 9, 2013 - 9:14 PM

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

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Brooke Archer January 9, 2013 - 9:35 PM

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’.

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Kirsten January 9, 2013 - 9:57 PM

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

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Amanda January 9, 2013 - 10:02 PM

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!

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Melinda January 9, 2013 - 10:12 PM

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 :/

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Kris January 9, 2013 - 10:42 PM

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!

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Wendy Brown January 9, 2013 - 10:53 PM

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.

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Kim m January 9, 2013 - 11:10 PM

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

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Leeanne Honeyball January 10, 2013 - 4:38 AM

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

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Aimee January 10, 2013 - 5:53 AM

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.

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Mandie January 10, 2013 - 5:54 AM

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

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Ellen f January 10, 2013 - 6:18 AM

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

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Lisa January 10, 2013 - 6:31 AM

Unfortunately, that would be ME!

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Nicolle January 10, 2013 - 6:44 AM

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

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Katie January 10, 2013 - 6:54 AM

Providing a healthy stocked lunchbox that they will actually eat!

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Fiona Cervetto January 10, 2013 - 6:59 AM

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.

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Judith Maunders January 10, 2013 - 6:59 AM

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’!

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Annika Williams January 10, 2013 - 7:07 AM

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

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Liz B January 10, 2013 - 7:19 AM

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.

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Justine Sanders Salanitri January 10, 2013 - 7:22 AM

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!!!

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Allyson Smith January 10, 2013 - 7:40 AM

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!!!

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Jessie Hay January 10, 2013 - 7:51 AM

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

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Amanda January 10, 2013 - 8:03 AM

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!

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Kym Paddock January 10, 2013 - 8:03 AM

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!

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lainskii January 10, 2013 - 8:49 AM

Getting them to want to go

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Meg Yates January 10, 2013 - 8:57 AM

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 🙂

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Evon Johnson January 10, 2013 - 8:59 AM

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

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Bec Hyssett January 10, 2013 - 9:46 AM

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

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Natasha W January 10, 2013 - 9:48 AM

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

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mellissa January 10, 2013 - 9:50 AM

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!

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Dawn Taylor January 10, 2013 - 10:00 AM

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

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Karen Edwards January 10, 2013 - 10:32 AM

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

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Rebecca Nennas January 10, 2013 - 1:32 PM

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

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Annemarie Mullins January 10, 2013 - 1:41 PM

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.

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Jane Snaith January 10, 2013 - 2:18 PM

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 lol

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julie steele January 10, 2013 - 2:37 PM

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 one

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Mary Preston January 10, 2013 - 5:26 PM

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

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Cass January 10, 2013 - 6:12 PM

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.

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bluecatdog January 10, 2013 - 6:48 PM

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…

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debbie January 10, 2013 - 7:33 PM

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.

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Skye Hayes January 10, 2013 - 7:34 PM

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.

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Clare Amber January 10, 2013 - 7:46 PM

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!

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Suzie Q January 10, 2013 - 8:03 PM

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!

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Thanh January 10, 2013 - 8:08 PM

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

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kristy January 10, 2013 - 8:20 PM

getting my nine year old son with autism dressed

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Michelle B January 10, 2013 - 8:20 PM

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

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kristy January 10, 2013 - 8:21 PM

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.

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ladybirds January 10, 2013 - 8:23 PM

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

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Terri Nankervis January 10, 2013 - 8:23 PM

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 frustating

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CrystalB January 10, 2013 - 8:23 PM

Budgeting so all school supplies can be purchased.

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Hayley C January 10, 2013 - 8:23 PM

Just deciding what goes in the lunch box!

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Jayde January 10, 2013 - 8:23 PM

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

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sandy January 10, 2013 - 8:24 PM

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

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Sarah McVeigh January 10, 2013 - 8:24 PM

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

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Catriona Kennedy January 10, 2013 - 8:24 PM

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.

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Maree Whitehead January 10, 2013 - 8:25 PM

Keeping the uniform clean before leaving the house

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Debbie Y January 10, 2013 - 8:25 PM

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!

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Andree January 10, 2013 - 8:26 PM

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

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Nadine January 10, 2013 - 8:27 PM

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.

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Heather Hadden Williams January 10, 2013 - 8:27 PM

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…

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Bel January 10, 2013 - 8:28 PM

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

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Katie gibbons January 10, 2013 - 8:28 PM

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

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Karen C January 10, 2013 - 8:28 PM

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.

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Kate January 10, 2013 - 8:28 PM

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

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Meredith January 10, 2013 - 8:28 PM

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

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Trudi Stefankowski January 10, 2013 - 8:29 PM

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.

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Christie-Ann Iris Anderson January 10, 2013 - 8:30 PM

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

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kay January 10, 2013 - 8:30 PM

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!

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Kirsty Wodson January 10, 2013 - 8:30 PM

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!)

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Monica January 10, 2013 - 8:32 PM

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

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Donna Sargent January 10, 2013 - 8:32 PM

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

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Sarah O January 10, 2013 - 8:32 PM

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…

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Emma B January 10, 2013 - 8:33 PM

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

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Ginny H January 10, 2013 - 8:33 PM

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

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Hulbie January 10, 2013 - 8:33 PM

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!

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Liz Carmichael January 10, 2013 - 8:34 PM

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.

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Caroline H January 10, 2013 - 8:35 PM

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!

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Sheena January 10, 2013 - 8:35 PM

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 in

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Debra Stanley January 10, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Don’t you just wish more people would volunteer so they werent so short staffed

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Anne Rouvray Woof January 10, 2013 - 8:37 PM

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.

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Kerri January 10, 2013 - 8:37 PM

Biggest struggle is realising my baby is another year older 🙁

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Attila the Mum January 10, 2013 - 8:37 PM

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.

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Amy January 10, 2013 - 8:37 PM

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

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Lee Upton January 10, 2013 - 8:38 PM

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

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Kristi Williams January 10, 2013 - 8:38 PM

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!!!

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Alayna January 10, 2013 - 8:39 PM

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

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Heather B January 10, 2013 - 8:40 PM

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

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Natalie January 10, 2013 - 8:41 PM

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.

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Emily Ritchie January 10, 2013 - 8:43 PM

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

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Louise Smith January 10, 2013 - 8:44 PM

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 😐

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Vic Ashcroft January 10, 2013 - 8:44 PM

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

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Kirst January 10, 2013 - 8:45 PM

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)

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Kathryn Reid January 10, 2013 - 8:45 PM

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. 🙂

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Melanie January 10, 2013 - 8:46 PM

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

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Natalie January 10, 2013 - 8:47 PM

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

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Gen Van Altena January 10, 2013 - 8:47 PM

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

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Debra Stanley January 10, 2013 - 8:48 PM

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 school

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Katie January 10, 2013 - 8:49 PM

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.

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Yasmin Gough January 10, 2013 - 8:49 PM

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.

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Karen Brock January 10, 2013 - 8:51 PM

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.

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Smudgeydoo January 10, 2013 - 8:51 PM

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.

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KellB January 10, 2013 - 8:51 PM

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.

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Megan Bullen January 10, 2013 - 8:51 PM

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!

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Lana Barbour January 10, 2013 - 8:53 PM

Organising healthy lunch and recess plans!

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ZanneSB January 10, 2013 - 8:54 PM

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!

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Vicky Finch January 10, 2013 - 8:56 PM

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

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Shane Lawrence January 10, 2013 - 8:59 PM

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

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Ruth West January 10, 2013 - 9:00 PM

Getting back into routine after long lazy holiday days!!

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Cathy January 10, 2013 - 9:00 PM

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!

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Nicole Bradshaw January 10, 2013 - 9:01 PM

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.

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Karlene January 10, 2013 - 9:01 PM

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

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Katrina Olsson January 10, 2013 - 9:02 PM

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

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Laurie January 10, 2013 - 9:02 PM

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!

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susan January 10, 2013 - 9:02 PM

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!!

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Tanya Glancy January 10, 2013 - 9:05 PM

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

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Raya Bolt January 10, 2013 - 9:07 PM

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!!!!

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Nicole Long January 10, 2013 - 9:08 PM

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

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Amy McVeigh January 10, 2013 - 9:10 PM

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.

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Emma Clark January 10, 2013 - 9:11 PM

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.

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Sarah Suell January 10, 2013 - 9:12 PM

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

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Andrea January 10, 2013 - 9:13 PM

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!!

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Belinda Palmer January 10, 2013 - 9:14 PM

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 ????

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Michelle Hunt January 10, 2013 - 9:18 PM

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 !!!

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Alyce January 10, 2013 - 9:19 PM

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! :/

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Tracey Crosby January 10, 2013 - 9:19 PM

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.

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Doné January 10, 2013 - 9:19 PM

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

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Morena Dobrowolski January 10, 2013 - 9:20 PM

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

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Lisa D January 10, 2013 - 9:21 PM

Getting them out of bed!

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Karen January 10, 2013 - 9:22 PM

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

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Chilli Trish January 10, 2013 - 9:24 PM

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…

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Fiona Preston January 10, 2013 - 9:24 PM

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

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fitfabforty January 10, 2013 - 9:26 PM

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

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Vicky Siderides January 10, 2013 - 9:28 PM

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….

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Rachel January 10, 2013 - 9:34 PM

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 time

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Julie Myhill January 10, 2013 - 9:38 PM

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!!

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Kara January 10, 2013 - 9:42 PM

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! 🙂

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Teneale January 10, 2013 - 9:45 PM

Getting us all out the door on time!

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Kel McLaren January 10, 2013 - 9:45 PM

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.

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Zoe Fulcher January 10, 2013 - 9:48 PM

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!!

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Kerry Hall January 10, 2013 - 9:50 PM

wanting to provide the best of everything for my children but knowing fiancially that is unrealistic 🙁

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Helen Buttigieg January 10, 2013 - 10:02 PM

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

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Sarah r. January 10, 2013 - 10:04 PM

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

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Kylee Bryan January 10, 2013 - 10:16 PM

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!!

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Wendy King January 10, 2013 - 10:56 PM

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!

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Helen Naylor January 10, 2013 - 10:56 PM

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

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Monika January 10, 2013 - 10:57 PM

Creating interesting and healthy lunch boxes everyday!

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Cath January 10, 2013 - 10:57 PM

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!

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Liz January 10, 2013 - 11:11 PM

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

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Nicole Coleman January 10, 2013 - 11:15 PM

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

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diane January 10, 2013 - 11:41 PM

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……

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joofcanterbury January 11, 2013 - 1:16 AM

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

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Karen January 11, 2013 - 1:26 AM

Finding the time & money at this time of year!

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Kristy January 11, 2013 - 2:25 AM

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

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rosslynT January 11, 2013 - 2:44 AM

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.

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Derylynne January 11, 2013 - 4:18 AM

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

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Lauren P January 11, 2013 - 6:00 AM

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!!

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Bron January 11, 2013 - 6:07 AM

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

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Amanda Collins January 11, 2013 - 6:12 AM

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

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Donna Bovaird January 11, 2013 - 6:23 AM

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!!! Lol

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Alison January 11, 2013 - 6:52 AM

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.

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Megan Rauchle January 11, 2013 - 7:02 AM

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!

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Justine January 11, 2013 - 7:12 AM

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.

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marilyn January 11, 2013 - 7:32 AM

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 mother

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Belinda January 11, 2013 - 7:37 AM

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

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Kirsty Taylor January 11, 2013 - 7:40 AM

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

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Stephanie January 11, 2013 - 7:41 AM

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 poor

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jenny January 11, 2013 - 8:10 AM

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!!!

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Guest January 11, 2013 - 9:01 AM

Time management, especially towards the end of each term.

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Rebecca January 11, 2013 - 9:03 AM

Time management, especially towards the end of each term.

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tara January 11, 2013 - 9:30 AM

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.

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Val205 January 11, 2013 - 9:37 AM

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

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Jody Coomer January 11, 2013 - 10:45 AM

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!

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Jodi Dunbar January 11, 2013 - 11:07 AM

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!!

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Karen McDonald Perry January 11, 2013 - 11:29 AM

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.

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Eddie N Gina January 11, 2013 - 12:10 PM

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:).

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Stephanie Herringe January 11, 2013 - 1:00 PM

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!

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Amy January 11, 2013 - 1:12 PM

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

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Tracy Williams January 11, 2013 - 2:52 PM

Getting them eager to go everyday in this awful heat. school should be out for the whole summer 🙂

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Fiona January 11, 2013 - 2:53 PM

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)

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Kate Tallon January 11, 2013 - 3:15 PM

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.

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Melissa Boaden January 11, 2013 - 6:29 PM

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!

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Andrew maxwell January 11, 2013 - 8:15 PM

Getting them to remember their lunch box’s

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Sonia January 11, 2013 - 8:37 PM

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

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Tracey-Lee Mifsud January 11, 2013 - 9:34 PM

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

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Annette P January 11, 2013 - 9:38 PM

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

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Sonia Bursle January 11, 2013 - 9:51 PM

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

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lois patrick January 11, 2013 - 10:29 PM

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

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Helen Reardon January 11, 2013 - 10:47 PM

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. 🙂

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Melanie haile January 12, 2013 - 5:37 AM

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.

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Jen January 12, 2013 - 10:40 AM

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

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Debbie January 12, 2013 - 1:00 PM

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.

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Vicki Mettam January 12, 2013 - 1:09 PM

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!

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Tammy January 12, 2013 - 2:00 PM

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!

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Vicki Buzelin January 12, 2013 - 5:31 PM

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

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Neva January 12, 2013 - 6:20 PM

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

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Natasha Hoekstra January 12, 2013 - 8:32 PM

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.

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Rhonda Lockery January 12, 2013 - 9:56 PM

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 enjoyable

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AmberB January 12, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Getting the little one out of bed in the morning.

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Danielle January 13, 2013 - 7:16 AM

Lunch boxes!

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kerry williams January 13, 2013 - 8:55 AM

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!

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TheMindfulMum January 13, 2013 - 10:58 AM

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 🙂

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Deb K January 13, 2013 - 2:39 PM

Getting out of bed!

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Teresa January 13, 2013 - 4:54 PM

Encouraging kids to agree to practically not necessarily the prettiest shoed

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Crystal Adams January 13, 2013 - 7:17 PM

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

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Emily K Keller January 13, 2013 - 7:21 PM

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

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sabby January 13, 2013 - 7:25 PM

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 uniform

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Kirsten W January 13, 2013 - 7:29 PM

Getting them to wake up!

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Katie Young January 13, 2013 - 7:34 PM

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.

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Lisa Seib January 13, 2013 - 7:58 PM

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

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Kylie Pearce January 13, 2013 - 8:01 PM

Getting out of bed to get them ready lol

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Lyn Laws January 13, 2013 - 8:06 PM

Getting the kids to go shopping for school stuff

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Jacinda Peters January 13, 2013 - 8:14 PM

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

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Vera January 13, 2013 - 8:27 PM

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

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Stephanie Compton January 13, 2013 - 8:29 PM

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!

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Joanne Emery January 13, 2013 - 8:48 PM

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

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macemesmum January 13, 2013 - 8:49 PM

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.

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Louise January 13, 2013 - 8:55 PM

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

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Jodie Harlow January 13, 2013 - 9:00 PM

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 😉

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Alexandra M January 13, 2013 - 9:00 PM

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!

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Sonya Nicole January 13, 2013 - 9:09 PM

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!

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Tania Lee January 13, 2013 - 9:16 PM

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

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Falon Downing January 13, 2013 - 9:31 PM

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

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Falon Downing January 13, 2013 - 9:32 PM

tough! 🙂

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NickyJ January 13, 2013 - 9:34 PM

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

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Alma Psych Griffiths January 13, 2013 - 9:37 PM

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

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Lopitta January 13, 2013 - 9:58 PM

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

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Sam Forsyth January 13, 2013 - 10:18 PM

catching the bus on time.

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Karen Turner January 13, 2013 - 10:38 PM

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

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Kristy Sweeney January 13, 2013 - 11:00 PM

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

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Linda Courtney January 13, 2013 - 11:02 PM

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

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Cathy H. January 13, 2013 - 11:38 PM

Eating breakfast just seems to drag out FOREVER!!

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Michele L January 14, 2013 - 5:17 AM

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.

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maplebjb January 14, 2013 - 5:19 AM

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

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christina January 14, 2013 - 5:21 AM

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

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Sue Wood January 14, 2013 - 6:32 AM

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’.

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shar31 January 14, 2013 - 6:40 AM

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

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Mel Kelly January 14, 2013 - 7:27 AM

Getting the kids out of bed!

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Kristina January 14, 2013 - 8:51 AM

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.

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Vicki F January 14, 2013 - 9:10 AM

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.

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Julie January 14, 2013 - 9:18 AM

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 scenario

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michele collins January 14, 2013 - 10:14 AM

finding shoes that will fit my son he has huge feet

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Karen Kitto January 14, 2013 - 10:21 AM

Remembering to pack their drink bottles.

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Marcia C. January 14, 2013 - 10:35 AM

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.

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Michelle Williams January 14, 2013 - 10:45 AM

sorting papers

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Mick January 14, 2013 - 10:47 AM

Um… getting them out of bed!

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Linda Hynson January 14, 2013 - 11:07 AM

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

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Nic Taylor January 14, 2013 - 11:13 AM

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!

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Cintia :: My Poppet January 14, 2013 - 11:42 AM

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!

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Melissa Procter January 14, 2013 - 12:15 PM

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!!!

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Charisse Childs January 14, 2013 - 1:18 PM

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

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Louisa Walker January 14, 2013 - 1:57 PM

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.

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Jayne Sessions January 14, 2013 - 3:02 PM

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

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Lydia Lee January 14, 2013 - 3:16 PM

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….

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Trish January 14, 2013 - 3:21 PM

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.

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Sarah Morrison January 14, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Finding the keys!

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jodie f January 14, 2013 - 4:03 PM

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

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Mel Turner January 14, 2013 - 4:16 PM

getting them to wake up, teenagers:/

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Annelee January 14, 2013 - 4:31 PM

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

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Luvlee6 January 14, 2013 - 5:00 PM

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

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kay brymer January 14, 2013 - 5:42 PM

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

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Tracy Wedding January 14, 2013 - 6:11 PM

getting them out of bed they love their sleep

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Peter McDonough January 14, 2013 - 6:28 PM

Getting them off the Xbox

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Kerrie Freame Smith January 14, 2013 - 6:29 PM

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

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Roberto Colombi January 14, 2013 - 6:55 PM

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

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Josie January 14, 2013 - 7:42 PM

Getting myself organised first:)

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Laura Jilka January 14, 2013 - 8:33 PM

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

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Leanne Scott January 14, 2013 - 8:40 PM

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

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alesha January 14, 2013 - 9:24 PM

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

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Sarah Hollands January 14, 2013 - 10:06 PM

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

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Julie Schmitt January 14, 2013 - 11:40 PM

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

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Maxina January 15, 2013 - 7:51 AM

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

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Elise January 15, 2013 - 8:11 AM

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.

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Kirsty Bartlett January 15, 2013 - 9:11 AM

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

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Nic January 15, 2013 - 9:11 AM

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.

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Tracey Drescher January 15, 2013 - 9:35 AM

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.

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Kylie Ortolan January 15, 2013 - 10:38 AM

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

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Joanne Hill January 15, 2013 - 11:22 AM

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

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Ros January 15, 2013 - 12:01 PM

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

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Judith Missen January 15, 2013 - 1:53 PM

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

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sam January 15, 2013 - 3:10 PM

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

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Zara Stevens January 15, 2013 - 3:34 PM

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

Every. Single. Day.

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Louise January 15, 2013 - 4:11 PM

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

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Alicia January 15, 2013 - 7:36 PM

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

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Amyas January 15, 2013 - 8:08 PM

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

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Andrea Cameron January 15, 2013 - 8:10 PM

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

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Megan Canfarini January 15, 2013 - 8:18 PM

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 tummy

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Jodie Daniel January 15, 2013 - 8:19 PM

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.

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Charlotte January 15, 2013 - 9:22 PM

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!

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Lucy Leland January 15, 2013 - 10:19 PM

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

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Kate evans January 15, 2013 - 11:22 PM

Finding the right shoes is the hardest thing in our household

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dani.brennan January 15, 2013 - 11:44 PM

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 +

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ACasa January 16, 2013 - 12:09 AM

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.

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Lucie Campbell January 16, 2013 - 6:01 AM

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.

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Trina Bassula January 16, 2013 - 7:50 AM

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!

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Kim January 16, 2013 - 8:16 AM

The biggest struggle is definitely getting them out of bed!

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Tracy Harris January 16, 2013 - 10:56 AM

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.

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Kerryanne Bourke January 16, 2013 - 11:34 AM

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!

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Kalina January 16, 2013 - 11:38 AM

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.

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Michelle Gray January 16, 2013 - 12:26 PM

time management, always an issue!!!

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Linda S January 16, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Finding BOTH shoes is always a challenge!

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chrystal January 16, 2013 - 12:57 PM

I’d be lost without my check list.

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Kelly Ryan January 16, 2013 - 12:59 PM

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

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Narelle Rock January 16, 2013 - 2:37 PM

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!

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Fiona Rowlands January 16, 2013 - 2:37 PM

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….

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Belinda Bonamy January 16, 2013 - 2:39 PM

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

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Lisa Galati January 16, 2013 - 2:39 PM

Getting them to get moving in the mornings

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Cath Dee January 16, 2013 - 2:40 PM

Getting everyone to finish breakfast 🙂

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Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet January 16, 2013 - 2:46 PM

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.

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Melinda Drennan January 16, 2013 - 2:48 PM

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..

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Fiona January 16, 2013 - 2:51 PM

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

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Jasmine N Nigel Adams January 16, 2013 - 2:53 PM

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!

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Ally Dione January 16, 2013 - 2:54 PM

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

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Lauren Kapper January 16, 2013 - 2:59 PM

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.

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Billie MacGinley January 16, 2013 - 3:07 PM

Getting them out the door!

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Meahd Bradshaw January 16, 2013 - 3:08 PM

It’s not my daughter that has the struggle, it’s me that’s disorganised! 🙂

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Alysia Wright January 16, 2013 - 3:09 PM

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!!!

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Rebecca Louise January 16, 2013 - 3:09 PM

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

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Kelly Barr January 16, 2013 - 3:12 PM

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.

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Kirsten Benhiam January 16, 2013 - 3:14 PM

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.

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Lisa Farnes January 16, 2013 - 3:16 PM

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

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Natalie Bell January 16, 2013 - 3:21 PM

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……

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Natasha Andrews January 16, 2013 - 3:22 PM

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!

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Therese Davis January 16, 2013 - 3:26 PM

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!

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Carla January 16, 2013 - 3:31 PM

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

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Michelle Andrews January 16, 2013 - 3:39 PM

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.

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Faysie January 16, 2013 - 4:10 PM

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)..

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Lisa Callanan January 16, 2013 - 4:15 PM

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

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Kim Herman January 16, 2013 - 4:22 PM

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.

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Kathy MacKenzie January 16, 2013 - 4:58 PM

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

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hipodipo64 January 16, 2013 - 5:16 PM

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

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Ingrid January 16, 2013 - 5:25 PM

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

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Kathryn Miller January 16, 2013 - 5:34 PM

Getting the little buggers out of bed!!

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Tracey January 16, 2013 - 5:39 PM

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.

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Courtney January 16, 2013 - 5:49 PM

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

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Elizabeth Davey January 16, 2013 - 6:20 PM

finding missing odd socks

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Ann January 16, 2013 - 6:21 PM

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!

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Jessie Boan January 16, 2013 - 6:35 PM

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.

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Marguarite January 16, 2013 - 6:49 PM

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!!! Lol

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Natalie January 16, 2013 - 7:26 PM

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

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Karen Egan January 16, 2013 - 7:51 PM

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.

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Jennifer Turner January 16, 2013 - 7:57 PM

Lunch box ideas!! I will be sure to check yours out 🙂

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Amanda January 16, 2013 - 8:35 PM

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.

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Tracy January 16, 2013 - 8:58 PM

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!

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Rebecca January 16, 2013 - 9:00 PM

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

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Izzy Brown January 16, 2013 - 9:08 PM

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

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armstrongsarah January 16, 2013 - 9:48 PM

Finding the time to go shopping

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Jennifer Dunne January 16, 2013 - 10:31 PM

Too many children to organise.

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Saralie Chuckles January 16, 2013 - 11:00 PM

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!

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melanie whittle January 17, 2013 - 3:42 AM

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

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Catherine Clark January 17, 2013 - 6:16 AM

getting them up

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Amanda Gorham January 17, 2013 - 6:44 AM

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

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Julianne January 17, 2013 - 7:17 AM

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!!!

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Joselle Griffin January 17, 2013 - 7:31 AM

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

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Leayas January 17, 2013 - 8:15 AM

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!

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Keryn Greenman January 17, 2013 - 9:49 AM

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

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Johanna Rees January 17, 2013 - 10:03 AM

Getting them out of bed each morning.

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Tam Bell January 17, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Getting all the baking down for school lunches

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Tracy J January 17, 2013 - 11:29 AM

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!!

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Belinda Baker January 17, 2013 - 11:34 AM

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.

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Mareesa Cunneen January 17, 2013 - 11:39 AM

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

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Kerry-anne January 17, 2013 - 11:42 AM

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 !

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Linda Jones January 17, 2013 - 11:53 AM

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.

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Julia K January 17, 2013 - 11:56 AM

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.

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Rose Powell January 17, 2013 - 12:20 PM

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

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Jayne Neubauer January 17, 2013 - 12:34 PM

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.

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LilMiss Kibby January 17, 2013 - 12:58 PM

getting my kids out of bed! always a struggle

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Angela January 17, 2013 - 1:00 PM

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

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Kay Gerritsen- Blaney January 17, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Choosing a lunchbox that lasts all year!

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Karen Hilliard Burgess January 17, 2013 - 1:11 PM

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!

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LadyTiffany OfGlencoe January 17, 2013 - 1:21 PM

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

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Christina January 17, 2013 - 1:26 PM

My biggest struggle is getting lunches ready.

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Lani January 17, 2013 - 1:40 PM

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

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Pauline January 17, 2013 - 1:41 PM

Biggest struggle…getting out of the door, with everyone and everything, CALMLY! 🙂

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googzy January 17, 2013 - 1:42 PM

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

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Michelle Cogan January 17, 2013 - 1:51 PM

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!

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Brett N Aimee Sharpe January 17, 2013 - 2:05 PM

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

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Caseybree January 17, 2013 - 2:13 PM

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!

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Renee January 17, 2013 - 2:23 PM

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

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MeganH January 17, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Locating everything that needs to go with them daily.

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Jenni Williams January 17, 2013 - 2:56 PM

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!

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Vija Leitis January 17, 2013 - 3:13 PM

Waking everyone up. This is a sleep-in household

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Monique January 17, 2013 - 3:49 PM

everything! need to be organised and getting better thanks to your challenges! 🙂

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Dorizzi January 17, 2013 - 4:03 PM

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

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Giovanna Scott January 17, 2013 - 5:49 PM

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 😀

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Tania Foster January 17, 2013 - 6:03 PM

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

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Julie Ford January 17, 2013 - 6:36 PM

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

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Lisa Wilson January 17, 2013 - 6:40 PM

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.

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becky s January 17, 2013 - 6:57 PM

Time, theres never enough no matter how prepared i am

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Cecilia Bell January 17, 2013 - 8:19 PM

Getting them to be responsible for their own things.

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Vicki January 17, 2013 - 8:28 PM

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

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Piachay January 17, 2013 - 8:44 PM

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 lunches

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Janice Morris January 17, 2013 - 8:57 PM

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.

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Emmy Carville January 17, 2013 - 8:59 PM

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

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Erica Keeys January 17, 2013 - 9:22 PM

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!

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Kristin Santi January 17, 2013 - 9:49 PM

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.

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Lisa January 17, 2013 - 9:49 PM

Making lunches that are acceptable by me and miss 7 year old 😉

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Robyn H January 17, 2013 - 10:08 PM

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.

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Cathy Fyfe January 17, 2013 - 10:17 PM

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 consuoming

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Vanda Bacich January 17, 2013 - 10:20 PM

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

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Anne January 17, 2013 - 10:44 PM

Organizing healthy school lunches that they like.

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Nelle Hamilton January 17, 2013 - 11:08 PM

realizing how fast they are growing up

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Nick Johnson February 15, 2013 - 9:31 PM

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

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Molly January 7, 2015 - 8:28 PM

My biggest trouble is establishing the school night bedtime

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