Kids School Shoes – Ascent Footwear

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Ascent Footwear

Ever since my kids have been in prep I have had them properly fitted for school shoes.  I want them to have shoes that are comfortable to wear all day, durable to last all year, the right size and help to support their feet. Buying the kids good quality school shoes is crucial for healthy foot growth and development, especially considering they are worn over 30 hours per week.  Incorrectly fitted shoes on growing feet can lead to many health problems, such as lower back conditions, postural issues and more.

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Quality school shoes may be expensive, however, consider that one pair of good quality shoes may be the same or less expensive than buying multiple pairs of cheaper shoes throughout the year.  I have purchased my kids Ascent Footwear each year since they began school, over the years they’ve worn the cute little Adela (Mary Jane style), Sustain in velcro and lace and now the twins are in high school they wear the formal Apex or Scholar style.

Ascent understand that ‘kids don’t walk they run’ that is why they build all their school shoes with sport shoe technology such as cushioning & support, including the formal styles. Engineered to provide the right comfort and support to help kids get through an active school day.  Ascent school shoes are the only brand to be endorsed by the Australasian Podiatry Council.

According to the Australasian Podiatry Council the ideal school shoe should:

  • Never bend in the middle – this means no stability if it can
  • Be able to bend at the toe – this means the shoe is designed to bend with the foot and not fight against isn’t natural movement
  • Not be able to twist or ‘ring out’ – this also means no stability if it does
  • Not be able to push in the heel cup – this means a soft heel counter if this happens with no support

 

Ascent Footwear

Much like many of the Ascent styles, the Sustain, pictured below comes in either a lace or velcro. The Sustain Jnr, is a brand new junior school cross trainer featuring a wrapped outsole on both the lateral and medial sides for extra durability. Sustain Jnr also features an elastic lace and a hook and loop fastener, allowing easy entry for the little ones!

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The Adela ‘Mary Jane’ girls school shoe has an outsole/midsole which provides lasting cushioning for growing girls. Internal structure in the midfoot provides ample stability. Fully adjustable hook and loop fastener strap over the instep.

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The Scholar (pictured below with the Sustain Graphite) is a true ‘sports shoe in disguise’, a formal school shoe packed with stability features from the heel through to the midfoot, however remaining responsive, cushioned and durable for active students.  Available in 4 widths in Senior & Youth both in Male & Female, there are 103 sizes available in this style.

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Don’t forget that kids will use their shoes outside of school too, for all their extracurricular activities or like my Miss below, riding her sisters bike, with that in mind getting a cross trainer for general sports is a great idea.

Tips-for-buying-school-shoes-5Visit the Ascent website here, or click on the links I’ve shared above to each shoe page.

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What area of the kids returning to school do you most struggle with and why?
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319 comments

Elizabeth Carter January 12, 2016 - 5:26 AM

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

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Lynnette Bull January 12, 2016 - 5:29 AM

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

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christine morris January 12, 2016 - 6:07 AM

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

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Lucy Jenkin January 12, 2016 - 6:27 AM

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

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Christie January 15, 2016 - 1:27 PM

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

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Lina January 17, 2016 - 8:04 PM

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

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Lisa Williams January 12, 2016 - 6:27 AM

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

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 4:10 PM

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

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Karina Mcandrew January 12, 2016 - 6:34 AM

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

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Sonia Hay January 12, 2016 - 6:35 AM

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

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Victoria January 16, 2016 - 6:52 PM

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

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Victoria January 16, 2016 - 6:54 PM

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

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jade dieperink January 12, 2016 - 6:40 AM

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

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 4:13 PM

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

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jessie atkins January 12, 2016 - 7:13 AM

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

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Andrea Henschke January 12, 2016 - 7:14 AM

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

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Nicole Peyton January 12, 2016 - 7:36 AM

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

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Hayley January 12, 2016 - 7:39 AM

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

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Samantha Amponsem January 12, 2016 - 7:42 AM

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

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Samantha Amponsem January 12, 2016 - 7:42 AM

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

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Summer January 12, 2016 - 7:55 AM

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

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Summer January 12, 2016 - 7:58 AM

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

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Emma January 12, 2016 - 8:05 AM

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

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Lisa Douglas January 12, 2016 - 8:05 AM

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

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Trileen January 12, 2016 - 8:14 AM

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

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Mel January 12, 2016 - 8:14 AM

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

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hadicha aytuwar January 12, 2016 - 8:17 AM

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

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maree January 12, 2016 - 8:29 AM

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

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Karen January 12, 2016 - 8:33 AM

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

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Alyra January 12, 2016 - 8:36 AM

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

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Meghan January 12, 2016 - 8:44 AM

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

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Crystal January 12, 2016 - 9:26 AM

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

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Amanda January 12, 2016 - 9:29 AM

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

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

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Nikki January 12, 2016 - 9:37 AM

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

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Siobhan January 12, 2016 - 9:46 AM

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

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Danielle January 12, 2016 - 10:42 AM

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

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Rebecca January 12, 2016 - 10:59 AM

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

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Samantha January 12, 2016 - 11:13 AM

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

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Rebecca January 12, 2016 - 11:22 AM

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

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Michelle January 12, 2016 - 11:33 AM

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

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Felicity January 12, 2016 - 11:40 AM

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

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Felicity January 12, 2016 - 11:41 AM

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

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Lauren January 12, 2016 - 11:53 AM

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

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Penny Marrett January 12, 2016 - 12:10 PM

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

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Laura January 12, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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

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Nellie Hore January 12, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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

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Renee January 12, 2016 - 1:02 PM

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

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Alison January 12, 2016 - 2:05 PM

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

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Alison January 12, 2016 - 2:09 PM

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

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Emma Harkin January 12, 2016 - 2:15 PM

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

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Rebecca January 12, 2016 - 2:55 PM

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

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Melanie D January 12, 2016 - 3:12 PM

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

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Ruth January 12, 2016 - 4:03 PM

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

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Penny Teale January 12, 2016 - 6:12 PM

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

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Maria January 12, 2016 - 6:23 PM

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

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Angela January 12, 2016 - 6:28 PM

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

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Leah M January 12, 2016 - 6:31 PM

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

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Leah M January 12, 2016 - 6:32 PM

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

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Ellen January 12, 2016 - 6:47 PM

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

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Megan MacDonald January 12, 2016 - 6:47 PM

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

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Mercyanne January 12, 2016 - 7:38 PM

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

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Briony January 12, 2016 - 7:43 PM

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

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Joey January 12, 2016 - 7:46 PM

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

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Katrina Waldron January 12, 2016 - 7:55 PM

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

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Kristina January 12, 2016 - 8:41 PM

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

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Gemma January 12, 2016 - 8:58 PM

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

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Naysie January 12, 2016 - 9:25 PM

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

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Gina M January 12, 2016 - 11:32 PM

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

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Michelle January 13, 2016 - 12:53 AM

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

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Cath January 13, 2016 - 8:05 AM

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

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Sarah F January 13, 2016 - 11:34 AM

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

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Amanda January 13, 2016 - 12:26 PM

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

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2016 - 4:19 PM

LOL, this is great Amanda 🙂

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Di January 13, 2016 - 4:22 PM

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

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Ern January 13, 2016 - 5:17 PM

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

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Jill Walton January 13, 2016 - 7:42 PM

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

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Amanda Gorham January 13, 2016 - 8:13 PM

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

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karina l January 13, 2016 - 8:14 PM

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

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Anastasia January 13, 2016 - 9:55 PM

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

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Annelies January 15, 2016 - 11:48 AM

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

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Jessica Maloney January 14, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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

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krystal bradbury January 14, 2016 - 12:29 PM

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

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Nikoly January 15, 2016 - 10:50 AM

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

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Sally January 15, 2016 - 11:30 AM

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

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Annelies January 15, 2016 - 11:45 AM

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

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Julia January 15, 2016 - 11:56 AM

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

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Kelly Dalziel January 15, 2016 - 12:07 PM

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

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Jo Deller January 15, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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

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Lou January 15, 2016 - 12:31 PM

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

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Lou January 15, 2016 - 12:32 PM

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

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Samantha Masters January 15, 2016 - 12:50 PM

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

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Kelly January 15, 2016 - 12:58 PM

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

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Jill January 15, 2016 - 1:18 PM

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

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Lian January 15, 2016 - 1:23 PM

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

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Caroline January 15, 2016 - 2:01 PM

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

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Katy January 15, 2016 - 2:34 PM

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

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Rebecca Verheijen January 15, 2016 - 3:08 PM

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

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Lyndal Griffiths January 15, 2016 - 3:37 PM

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

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Emmalee January 15, 2016 - 5:09 PM

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

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Victoria January 15, 2016 - 6:25 PM

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

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Monika Livingston January 15, 2016 - 6:28 PM

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

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rita martins January 15, 2016 - 7:01 PM

I struggle with tasty and healthy lunch ideas for both kids 🙂

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Claire January 15, 2016 - 7:01 PM

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

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Vicki January 15, 2016 - 7:29 PM

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

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Miriam January 20, 2016 - 9:47 AM

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

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Bron Redgate January 15, 2016 - 8:02 PM

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

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Morena January 15, 2016 - 9:53 PM

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

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Susie January 15, 2016 - 10:22 PM

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

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Lorraine January 15, 2016 - 10:45 PM

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

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Leah January 15, 2016 - 11:18 PM

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

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Nadine January 16, 2016 - 7:54 AM

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

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nadine smith January 16, 2016 - 8:13 AM

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

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Al January 16, 2016 - 8:58 AM

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

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Liz January 16, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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

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Hedy Chen January 16, 2016 - 3:53 PM

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

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Kylie January 16, 2016 - 4:34 PM

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

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S.Scarlett January 16, 2016 - 8:52 PM

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

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Helen January 16, 2016 - 10:28 PM

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

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Vanessa January 17, 2016 - 8:41 AM

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

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Lisa Robertson January 17, 2016 - 8:52 AM

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

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Bonnie S January 17, 2016 - 10:33 AM

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

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Kate January 17, 2016 - 10:48 AM

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

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Rosslyn T. January 17, 2016 - 11:22 AM

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

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Terri Todd January 17, 2016 - 3:33 PM

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

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Deborah de Geeter January 17, 2016 - 5:47 PM

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

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Kristina S January 17, 2016 - 7:10 PM

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

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Tami January 17, 2016 - 8:01 PM

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

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Nicole January 17, 2016 - 8:44 PM

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

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Miriam January 20, 2016 - 10:11 AM

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

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yosie January 17, 2016 - 9:16 PM

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

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Ange January 17, 2016 - 10:37 PM

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

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Michelle January 17, 2016 - 10:47 PM

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

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Catherine Billett January 18, 2016 - 12:44 AM

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

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Lisa farmer January 18, 2016 - 5:06 AM

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

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Hayley Robinson January 18, 2016 - 6:33 AM

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

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pia chamberlain January 18, 2016 - 3:43 PM

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

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Phillip Cunningham January 18, 2016 - 6:25 PM

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

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Lisa Thomson January 18, 2016 - 7:54 PM

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

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Racheal M January 19, 2016 - 9:05 AM

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

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Deb K January 19, 2016 - 11:03 AM

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

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Sheree January 19, 2016 - 11:54 AM

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

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Deb Mc January 19, 2016 - 12:25 PM

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

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Joanna G January 19, 2016 - 12:45 PM

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

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Gillian M January 19, 2016 - 12:46 PM

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

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Tate January 19, 2016 - 1:22 PM

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

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Amy January 19, 2016 - 5:50 PM

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

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Jill Marshall January 19, 2016 - 8:38 PM

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

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Alison Bennett January 20, 2016 - 6:26 AM

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

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Belinda Cusack January 20, 2016 - 6:29 AM

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

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Misty Campbell January 20, 2016 - 6:32 AM

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

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Danielle January 20, 2016 - 6:38 AM

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

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Andrea Patch January 20, 2016 - 6:42 AM

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

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Melissa January 20, 2016 - 6:42 AM

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

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Ush January 20, 2016 - 6:49 AM

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

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Louise woods January 20, 2016 - 6:56 AM

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

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Kerrie January 20, 2016 - 6:57 AM

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

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Juanita Pereira January 20, 2016 - 7:03 AM

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

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Selina January 20, 2016 - 7:08 AM

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

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Nat January 20, 2016 - 7:12 AM

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

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Gail January 20, 2016 - 7:20 AM

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

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Elise January 20, 2016 - 7:32 AM

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

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Olivia January 20, 2016 - 7:55 AM

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

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Mel January 20, 2016 - 8:13 AM

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

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Sarah January 20, 2016 - 8:14 AM

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

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Maria Braund January 20, 2016 - 8:14 AM

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

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Frances Whiting January 20, 2016 - 8:15 AM

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

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Kylie January 20, 2016 - 8:15 AM

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

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Maree January 20, 2016 - 8:19 AM

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

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Ally January 20, 2016 - 8:27 AM

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

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Jan January 20, 2016 - 8:33 AM

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

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Naomi Bartlett January 20, 2016 - 8:34 AM

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

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Miriam January 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

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

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Gloria Habkouk January 20, 2016 - 8:46 AM

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

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Kylie O January 20, 2016 - 8:52 AM

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

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Angela January 20, 2016 - 8:57 AM

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

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Carli January 20, 2016 - 9:06 AM

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

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Cindy Best January 20, 2016 - 9:24 AM

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

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Scott C January 20, 2016 - 9:25 AM

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

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Pam Nelson January 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

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

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Miriam January 20, 2016 - 9:32 AM

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

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Miriam January 20, 2016 - 9:44 AM

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

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sally anderson January 20, 2016 - 9:38 AM

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

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Miriam January 20, 2016 - 9:41 AM

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

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Amanda January 20, 2016 - 9:54 AM

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

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Ashley Beech January 20, 2016 - 9:56 AM

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

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Kirsten W January 20, 2016 - 10:01 AM

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

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Natalie Wall January 20, 2016 - 10:04 AM

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

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Shylee January 20, 2016 - 10:14 AM

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

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Jackie Drake January 20, 2016 - 10:22 AM

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

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Debbie F January 20, 2016 - 10:31 AM

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

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Sacha P January 20, 2016 - 10:39 AM

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

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Melissa January 20, 2016 - 10:48 AM

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

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Kylie January 20, 2016 - 10:52 AM

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

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Monique January 20, 2016 - 11:18 AM

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

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Fiona Chorovski January 20, 2016 - 11:24 AM

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

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Karen January 20, 2016 - 12:04 PM

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

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Anna January 20, 2016 - 12:48 PM

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

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shadow88 January 20, 2016 - 12:56 PM

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

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danielle toy January 20, 2016 - 1:08 PM

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

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Tamara January 20, 2016 - 1:27 PM

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

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Greg January 20, 2016 - 2:01 PM

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

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Tahnee Ross January 20, 2016 - 2:04 PM

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

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Alison January 20, 2016 - 2:07 PM

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

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Nadene Walsh January 20, 2016 - 2:38 PM

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

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Chelsie January 20, 2016 - 3:00 PM

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

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Nata January 20, 2016 - 3:32 PM

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

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Vicky Clarke January 20, 2016 - 3:44 PM

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

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Pat January 20, 2016 - 3:55 PM

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

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Lucia Saal January 20, 2016 - 4:08 PM

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

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Natasha McDonald January 20, 2016 - 4:42 PM

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

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JJ January 20, 2016 - 5:18 PM

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

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AnneC January 20, 2016 - 5:39 PM

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

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Tracey Ginn January 20, 2016 - 5:54 PM

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

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Jacqueline January 20, 2016 - 6:04 PM

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

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Kristie January 20, 2016 - 6:38 PM

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

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Tess Howard January 20, 2016 - 7:26 PM

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

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julie bennett January 20, 2016 - 7:51 PM

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

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Sally January 20, 2016 - 8:10 PM

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

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Sonya January 20, 2016 - 9:06 PM

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

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Nat January 20, 2016 - 9:07 PM

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

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Toni Connerty January 20, 2016 - 9:26 PM

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

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Dale K January 20, 2016 - 10:29 PM

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

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Summer Hinaki-McDade January 20, 2016 - 10:49 PM

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

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Michelle January 20, 2016 - 10:57 PM

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

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Megan January 20, 2016 - 11:11 PM

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

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Shaaron January 21, 2016 - 6:17 AM

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

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Joanna H January 21, 2016 - 6:28 AM

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

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Jude January 21, 2016 - 7:52 AM

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

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Lisa January 21, 2016 - 8:03 AM

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

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KylieD January 21, 2016 - 8:39 AM

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

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

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

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Robyn Robson January 21, 2016 - 8:49 AM

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

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Sharon Markwell January 21, 2016 - 9:10 AM

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

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Nazrin Black January 21, 2016 - 10:02 AM

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

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Emmerlee January 21, 2016 - 10:04 AM

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

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Gaelle January 21, 2016 - 10:37 AM

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

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Skye January 21, 2016 - 1:18 PM

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

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Amanda January 21, 2016 - 2:35 PM

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

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Sharon January 21, 2016 - 3:43 PM

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

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Eva January 21, 2016 - 4:02 PM

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

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Tamara Lamb January 21, 2016 - 5:09 PM

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

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tessa January 21, 2016 - 5:30 PM

shoes for my 14 yr old massive foot

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Karina January 21, 2016 - 6:49 PM

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

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Emma Puszkar January 21, 2016 - 8:36 PM

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

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Erin January 21, 2016 - 8:52 PM

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

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Sophie January 21, 2016 - 9:52 PM

The dreaded lunch box returns again! 🙂

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Jennalee Izzard January 22, 2016 - 4:05 AM

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

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Jody Ulrich January 22, 2016 - 5:09 AM

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

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Susan January 22, 2016 - 5:59 AM

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

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

Shoes…athletes foot!

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Tara January 22, 2016 - 8:36 AM

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

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

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

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

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Amanda S January 22, 2016 - 8:43 AM

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

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Alicia Bardsley January 22, 2016 - 8:50 AM

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

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Jayne Marshall January 22, 2016 - 9:40 AM

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

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Lauren Pratt January 22, 2016 - 10:28 AM

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

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Teena L January 22, 2016 - 10:55 AM

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

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Tracey Taylor January 22, 2016 - 11:04 AM

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

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Jade O January 22, 2016 - 12:35 PM

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

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Megs January 22, 2016 - 2:07 PM

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

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Nancee Biviano January 22, 2016 - 2:47 PM

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

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Razz January 22, 2016 - 3:36 PM

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

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Vivian Di Biasi January 22, 2016 - 8:51 PM

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

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Karla January 22, 2016 - 9:29 PM

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

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Karla January 22, 2016 - 9:30 PM

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

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Helena L January 22, 2016 - 10:21 PM

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

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Murniyati MY January 23, 2016 - 1:44 AM

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

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sam January 23, 2016 - 8:32 AM

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

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Fiona January 23, 2016 - 12:05 PM

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

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Sharlene January 23, 2016 - 12:52 PM

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

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lara morello January 23, 2016 - 2:02 PM

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

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Leanne Reid January 23, 2016 - 3:20 PM

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

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Sarah January 23, 2016 - 7:17 PM

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

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Charisse Childs January 23, 2016 - 9:59 PM

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

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Elisabeth Martins January 23, 2016 - 10:32 PM

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

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caterina ielasi January 24, 2016 - 1:49 AM

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

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Janette Machin January 24, 2016 - 6:32 AM

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

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Karen Edwards January 24, 2016 - 7:14 AM

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

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Shona January 24, 2016 - 9:03 AM

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

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Kerryanne bourke January 24, 2016 - 9:32 AM

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

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Jennie January 24, 2016 - 11:35 AM

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

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Louise T January 24, 2016 - 12:04 PM

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

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Renee January 24, 2016 - 12:40 PM

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

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Amy Hannah January 24, 2016 - 2:03 PM

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

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Nicole W January 24, 2016 - 2:14 PM

I miss my kids….

But I don’t miss refereeing duties 🙂

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Kylie Bowers January 24, 2016 - 2:48 PM

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

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Pauline Stewart January 24, 2016 - 3:23 PM

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

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Lucy January 24, 2016 - 3:40 PM

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

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Michelle January 24, 2016 - 4:06 PM

Not getting anymore sleep ins.

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Kelly Ryan January 24, 2016 - 5:14 PM

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

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Catherine Roberts January 24, 2016 - 7:41 PM

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

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Kate Cowling January 24, 2016 - 8:33 PM

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

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Janelle finucane January 24, 2016 - 10:06 PM

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

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Abby Lee January 25, 2016 - 12:11 AM

Finding time to make lunchboxes

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Karla Oleinikoff January 25, 2016 - 12:48 AM

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

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Sharon Matthews January 25, 2016 - 5:34 AM

ugh! Lunch boxes! I dread packing lunch boxes.

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Kylie Cervenjak January 25, 2016 - 9:28 AM

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

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Shandel January 25, 2016 - 10:06 AM

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

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Mikaela C January 25, 2016 - 10:22 AM

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

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Leanne Westerling January 25, 2016 - 1:16 PM

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

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Alysse Heiler January 25, 2016 - 1:48 PM

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

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Sally Bright January 25, 2016 - 1:54 PM

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

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Belinda B January 25, 2016 - 2:05 PM

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

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Andrea Bosnjak January 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM

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

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Eva January 25, 2016 - 3:03 PM

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

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Rosemarie De Bari January 25, 2016 - 3:42 PM

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

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Barbara Fehmel January 25, 2016 - 4:00 PM

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

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jess cook January 25, 2016 - 6:17 PM

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

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Al Chirico January 25, 2016 - 6:54 PM

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

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Fi raw January 25, 2016 - 7:40 PM

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

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Jacqueline January 25, 2016 - 7:43 PM

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

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Sarah Gover January 25, 2016 - 8:03 PM

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

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patricia January 25, 2016 - 8:24 PM

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

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Emma January 25, 2016 - 8:35 PM

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

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sarah fairley January 25, 2016 - 9:09 PM

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

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Kate Gibbon January 25, 2016 - 10:13 PM

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

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Danielle January 26, 2016 - 4:16 AM

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

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Lori Cohen January 26, 2016 - 1:44 PM

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

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Erin Pettit January 27, 2016 - 5:56 AM

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

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Diana January 27, 2016 - 8:40 AM

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

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

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Leanne January 28, 2016 - 11:30 AM

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

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Jane January 14, 2017 - 9:23 PM

I struggle with balancing my time with the 3 kids with the busy school routine particularly as I need to tutor my son who has learning difficulties as well as getting through his regular home work. I also have a 2 year old and 5 year old needing attention too. It is such a juggle. All their needs are important.

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