Kat’s Best Back to School Tips that will calm the chaos

Back to school tips for a calm and organised start to the school year. Avoid school morning stress with a little planning and structure to your school mornings, you’ll find that there is less arguments, less repeating yourself and you’ll be out the door in good time. 

School mornings can end up very stressful, looking for missing socks, packing school lunches and kids remembering last minute homework…. what if I tell you it doesn’t have to be this way, there is a way to calm the chaos and simplify it all.

Over the years I have shared how I organised spaces like school bag storage, homework areas and some Back to School tips for Busy Mum’s so you can have everything ready and organised for the transition for the first day of school. These tips I’m sharing below continue on from that to also help calm those chaotic mornings.

It’s never too early to start shopping for school stationery, shoes, bags, lunchboxes, labels etc.  I have always found that the earlier I started to get the back to school supplies organised it was less stressful as I could beat the crowds. Plus I was able to get everything I want when the stores are stocked up and feel calm in knowing I have all I need all organised.

To help you out with your Back to School Essentials, we have made Organised HQ a one stop shop to help you get organised and prepared the new school year. We have lunchboxes, drink bottles, lunch bags, checklists, school lunch ebooks, routine charts for the kids, all to help you get ahead with your organising and so much more.

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1. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO LABEL

I use the fortnight before school to label everything… lunchboxes, drink bottles, every piece of stationery, books, devices, shoes, there is no chance for anything to go missing.  When looking for a label for school supplies you want ones that will stick to many surfaces, plastic, wood, metal, rubber, etc. I find labels that I can write on with a text the easiest and most cost effective. Depending on the item, you could label them with either your child’s first name, initials or just surname, making it very quick and easy to do.

Don’t forget to label the kids school lunch bags, lunch boxes, snack cups etc too.  Labelling these items will save you time and money for not having to buy new ones.  Labels don’t need to be fancy or complicated! If sticking labels on lunchboxes, drink bottles and other lunchbox items make sure they are dishwasher and microwave safe, wipeable, waterproof and fade resistant, so you don’t have to worry about losing the label when you clean the lunchbox.  In the past I have used Avery Self Laminating labels which you can find at Officeworks and most office supply stores

These divided lunchboxes are my favourite, I have used them for years. Because I love them so much I am now stocking them in the shop for you. You can purchase them here.

Tips for back to school - divided lunch boxes

2. ADD ALL EVENTS TO YOUR CALENDAR/DIARY

Take a few moments to add the following dates to your wall calendar, planner or phone calendar:

  • school holidays
  • pupil free days
  • public holidays
  • 2021 school term and pupil free

View Australian school term dates here. As the year progresses add in carnival days, camps, sports carnivals and all other school events so you can plan ahead to take time off if need be for holidays or be there to watch your child run over the finish line. My range of 2021 planners and calendars have the Australian public holidays and school terms for every state already recorded for you so that is one less task to do!

Australian Wall calendarIf you have yet to purchase a calendar or planner for 2021, our planner and calendar ranges is NOW ON SALE FOR 25% OFF. This is only while stocks last, so make sure to grab one. You can shop the planners and calendars here.

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3. GET THE KIDS TO HELP

I have touched on this in the past in my Back to school for Busy Mum’s tips, but I think it’s worth revisiting. We want our kids to grow up to be strong and independent. I believe teaching them life skill such as helping around the home is important. There are many benefits to encouraging the children to help out around the house and complete certain chores (such as tidying their room, making their beds, picking up bath towels, unpacking dishwasher). It teaches them to become more self-reliant and helps their progression into adulthood become a lot easier! And…. it helps you out in the busy mornings too, I am very grateful for my kids who feed the dog, pick up the dog messes and unpack the dishwasher each morning, it’s a few less things I need to do.

READ MORE: 50+ Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

4. SET A CONSISTENT SCHOOL NIGHT BED TIME

Sleep is important for your child’s growth and development and with a good nights sleep they will be alert and ready for the school day. Creating a bedtime routine, setting a specific time for sleep and being consistent with it helps your child’s body and mind settle in the evening and wake up refreshed.  A routine can start at a time that suits you and can be, but not limited to bath, clean teeth, layout school uniform, reading then lights out.  Limit what your child can do during this time, no TV, no playing, no devices to help them wind down. I am relaxed with bedtime hours during school holidays, however, I usually get the kids back into routine 3-4 days before school goes back. This is important even with teenagers as they can find it hard to get out the habit of late nights followed by sleep-ins!

I gave one of my reward charts to my niece late last year along with some star stickers. She gets a sticker each night she stays in bed without coming out to Mum and Dad.

Reward chart

5. CREATE A MORNING CHECKLIST

When my kids were younger I found the mornings to get them off to kindy was chaotic. I was repeating myself…. have you brushed your teeth? Are you dressed? Pack your bag!  It was driving me a little nuts, let alone the kids becoming tone deaf to my constant nagging. At the time the twins were 4 and youngest was 2 so I needed to find a way to get the twins ready and out the door in brighter spirits, rather than a rushed rampage.  I created a set of morning, afternoon and evening routine charts which ended up saving my sanity.

Over the years I have used routine charts, rewards charts and checklists to help calm the chaos in our household.   By presenting tasks in this fun way it has achieved:

  • improved behaviour
  • created organisation in the daily routine
  • increased self-esteem, self-sufficiency and responsibility
  • learning important life skills

Streamline your morning by creating a checklist of tasks that need to be completed each morning to help you get out the door on time. Younger children may need assistance and encouragement, however, getting them to follow a checklist will eliminating you nagging and allow the kids to learn how to independently be ready each morning.

KIDS ROUTINE AND REWARD CHARTS: Streamline your days by creating a checklist of tasks that need to be completed each morning and night to encourage kids to complete tasks around the home independently. We have a range of charts, even ones you can have personalised available here.

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What is one task you want your child to do each morning without you nagging?


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303 comments

Kristie January 8, 2018 - 5:20 AM

I would love my 6yo to be able to just eat breakfast in the morning without fuss. It seems breakfast is too big of an ask. He gets overwhelmed but also wants to be independent. He gets distracted and doesnt follow thru on the task he is doing.

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Jackie January 9, 2018 - 5:46 PM

I would love for my daughter to eat her dinner. It’s
So frustrating when she won’t eat.
Then bed time comes and she’s hungry so I have
To make her a sandwich ?

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Joan Vivian January 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

To clean their teeth without being reminded a dozen times.

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Candice Hamilton January 10, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Great post, thank you. I am officially a broken record, I would love my 9 year old son to get dressed in the morning without having to repeat myself several times… mornings are hard:(

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Bec Wilson January 22, 2018 - 11:18 AM

I would love my son to be able to easily see what he needs to do in the mornings and put his shoes on after only one request. He has asd so anything that could help him see what needs to be done and get a reward would be an amazing help for our mornings.

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Trileen January 8, 2018 - 5:51 AM

Id love my kids to be get ready for school without constant nagging! Its a struggle some mornings

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Katie January 8, 2018 - 6:16 AM

I would love it if my son could get dressed and my daughter could tidy her room without me nagging, then our mornings would definitely be a little calmer.

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Sam January 8, 2018 - 6:47 AM

My daughter is starting kindergarten, so all I am hopeful for, at the moment, is that she packs her bag and is responsible or her belongings.

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Megan Armstrong January 8, 2018 - 6:58 AM

Socks socks socks, why are socks such a huge issue! We don’t like them, don’t like putting them on, they feel funny, they’re not tight enough, they’re uncomfortable and they come off!!!!

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Steph January 8, 2018 - 7:22 AM

I’d love both my kids to complete all the tasks on your morning task chart without me nagging! How good would that be? And that would give everyone a lovely kick start to our day! ?

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Melissa January 8, 2018 - 7:26 AM

I’d love for my kids to just be able to get ready without me having to tell them what they need to do! It’s constant nagging each morning and it really is stressful for everyone and puts everyone in a bad mood.

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Sue January 8, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Ethan, my nearly 7yo, does well at getting dressed, brushing teeth, putting lunch in bag and getting dog treats out for when we leave. He struggles with breakfast and making bed. He probably wouldn’t eat breakfast if he could get away with it and then struggle to concentrate until first break at school. If we could get through mornings without nagging it would really help us to get out the door and have a great start to the day.

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Brendon January 8, 2018 - 7:59 AM

Just get dressed when asked the first time!

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Angela January 8, 2018 - 8:01 AM

I would love the mornings to start with my nearly tween son actually getting out of bed without constant nagging (despite an early bedtime)!

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Narelle January 8, 2018 - 8:04 AM

Definitely getting dressed. My 5 year old wants every day to just be a pyjama day. I’m hopeful the excitement of school uniform might help for a few week. No idea how well we are going to go with packing bag and lunches.

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Francesca McKay January 8, 2018 - 8:24 AM

With three kids, one that wants to be constantly naked, one that whinges about not being sure how she wants to wear her hair for the day and her clothes don’t “suit” todays theme (she is 4 and starting kinder this year) and a 7 year old that thinks he knows it all yet struggles to complete to finish a task when asked. All I want this year is for all of us to be ready by 8am so we can be out the door by 8:15 and they can have a 15 min play! Because 2017 we were late to school by 5 minutes everyday and I was a bit of a roar-o-saurus. I think my throat still hurts from it honestly.

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Rita Sharrock January 8, 2018 - 8:46 AM

As a grandmother, I can see how harried my daughter-in-laws are. To make life a bit less stressful for these working mums and to give the kids a great start to the day, I would love anything that makes thinks go smoother, organised and cheerful!

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Crystal B January 8, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Brush their hair. It’s a battle every school morning. Although for one child once she starts brushing her hair it then becomes a battle to get her hairstyle completed to her high standard. Can’t win!

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Amy January 8, 2018 - 8:58 AM

I would love for my son to brush his own teeth and dress himself instead of me running after him.

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Amy January 8, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Socks! For them to be found and put on and maybe, just maybe, even match!!

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Kylie Morris January 8, 2018 - 9:31 AM

Brush their teeth without being asked as walking out the door if it’s done as the usually answer is “oh I forgot”

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Anita January 8, 2018 - 9:47 AM

I’m not sure there’s just one task I’d like to be done independently in the mornings haha! My daughter is about to start kindy and is super slow at doing anything (though she knows the routine well) as we’ve always had relaxed mornings without many commitments to get to. If I had to pick one, I’d probably choose getting dressed as soon as she wakes up to set her day up achieving something and hopefully create momentum for the other tasks that need to happen ?
Also, I love the routine and reward charts, Kat – they’re so bright and cheery! I think my daughter would love using them. Thanks for putting all this helpful information out there for us to access, it’s truly helpful for Mums like me who are just starting getting into the swing of school and all the organisation required for it to go as smoothly as possible.

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Kylie Gregory January 8, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Every morning I have to nag my ADHDer to do everything but the one thing I am always nagging him is to eat his breakfast. He is very slow eater and it can take him 45 mins to eat it. He gets very frustrated and melts down when I nag him which means I can’t get him to do anything else.

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Nada January 8, 2018 - 9:48 AM

I’d truly appreciate my two children packing their recess and lunch without my nagging!

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Jade January 8, 2018 - 10:26 AM

I’d love to see what things you put in those lunch boxes

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Kristina S January 8, 2018 - 10:47 AM

I’d love for my son to just sit there and eat his breakfast! He’s constantly getting up and running around now his little brother see him do and does the same ?

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Debbie January 8, 2018 - 10:49 AM

I wish my Mr 8 would brush his teeth every morning! It’s such a fight to get him to do it and I have no idea why! He even lies and says he’s done it when I know he hasn’t, and when I call him on it he just says he forgot!

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Ana De Jesus January 8, 2018 - 10:49 AM

I would love my son to eat his breakfast without me nagging every 5 secs.

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Claire January 8, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Eating breakfast – we’ve tried so many different ways but just sitting long enough to eat in the mornings in always a challenge!

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Jasmine Felmingham January 12, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Would love my children to remember to put their plates, bowls and cups in the sink when they are finished eating breakfast. Something so small but so nice to not come home to breakfast dishes on the table. Trying hard to wash up before we run out the door!

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Rosemary January 8, 2018 - 11:05 AM

I’d love my kids to make their beds and brush teeth without being nagged ????

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Anna Stewart January 8, 2018 - 11:56 AM

I’d love my little one(4) to get in the car without having to check the snails in the garden, offer to wash the car, forget show and tell, so much nicer to start the day without a battle! Doing lunches for the first time this year, will be doing as much as possible the night before.

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Kaytlenn Margison January 8, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Hi, I just wish my daughter would get out of bed easier! She is the middle child and both the boys get straight up when asked and get straight into doing what they need to. She on the other hand not only struggles to get out of bed, but also needs constantly nagging to get ready!

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Rita January 8, 2018 - 12:09 PM

‘Sigh’ eat breakfast!!! I kills me every morning.. I tell them their brains will be scrambled eggs if they don’t.. doesn’t seem to work. ???

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Susan January 8, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Welcome the day with a big smile and happy to go to school.

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Kate January 8, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Brush their hair. Oh, and not get naked again between 6:30am (when they get dressed, full of enthusiasm) and 8am when we actually leave. Being ‘nearly ready’ an hour in advance can turn into ‘we’re late!’ And a mad rush at the last minute!

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Shauna January 8, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Would love my daughter to sit quietly whilst I do her hair and not complain or run away, takes so long every morning to get her hair done!

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Joeanne January 8, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Breakfast, getting my kids to finish their breakfast without having to continually remind them to eat. A simple bowl of cereal seems to take at least half an hour to eat.

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Ria January 8, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Brush his teeth without distraction ?

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Nat January 8, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Kinder was hard work…I’m hoping to make school mornings better! If she could get dressed in a reasonable amount of time I’d be happy!

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Marta Zeng January 8, 2018 - 1:47 PM

I have been using your morning schedule chart, Kat. So, I would like my 7.5 yo son to be able to follow his morning schedule from the chart without constant nagging from me. ??

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Amanda January 8, 2018 - 2:08 PM

To tidy their rooms before they leave for school. They leave pj’s and underpants on the floor, their desks are mess, beds shabbily made – argh!!!!!!!!!

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Michelle Polkinghorne January 8, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Breakfast, my 4 yo is the slowest eater. He can take 45 minutes to eat 2 pieces of toast. I am always saying hurry up we will be late again.

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Cathy January 8, 2018 - 2:48 PM

I’d like my daughter to brush her teeth without being asked 5 times to do it!

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Christy January 8, 2018 - 3:03 PM

I would love my kids to get themselves dressed each morning. With my daughter starting Prep (and son in Grade 2) it will only get busier.

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Samantha Mitchell January 8, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Just to get ready on time in the mornings!!!
My son takes for ever to do anything in the mornings

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Claire January 8, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Brushing his teeth – he thinks it’s a bore.
“Are they all shiny yet?” each morning I roar…
An idea like this would help to keep us on track
So his teeth will be clean and I can cut him some slack!
These charts would be awesome to establish routines
That would be ‘A-VERY’ big help, from toddlers to teens!

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Kylie Breaden January 8, 2018 - 7:16 PM

I would love for my nearly five year old to eat his breakfast in a reasonable time and not have to be reminded to get his pyjamas off! Kindergarten starts this year so we have to be out the door early.

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Ashleigh January 8, 2018 - 7:56 PM

I would love Miss 6 to just put her clothes on! She is good with most others things it just seems to take 30 minutes and 25 times asking to actually get a dress, shorts and socks on… I always like to start the term thinking positively that it will happen!

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Michelle Smith January 8, 2018 - 8:56 PM

I would just love him to make the bed everyday…. Please……. 🙂

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Geordina January 8, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Would love my son who is starting prep be able to just sit and eat his breakfast without having a meltdown about what cereal to eat! Time will tell.

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Victoria January 8, 2018 - 10:49 PM

I would love for my daughter to put the clothes she takes out of her drawers back! It drives me insane ?

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Victoria January 8, 2018 - 10:49 PM

I would love for my daughter to put the clothes she takes out of her drawers back! It drives me insane ?

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Kathryn Mcgibbon January 9, 2018 - 12:36 AM

I would love for my eldest to get dressed as quick as my two youngest do in the mornings, so I don’t feel like all she remembers of Mum each day is the nagging.

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Meagan January 9, 2018 - 2:22 AM

The one taskI want my older girls to do each morning, without you nagging is get up, get dressed, have breakfast, pack for day and WALK to the bus on time. My Diabetic daughter to get to school and my 4 year old boy to go to bed on time to be refreshed for his soon to be big days. On top of that I would love them to help with beds and dishes, but I’m going to have to work on that. I’m hoping 2018 is going to be a better year for calm mornings and nights. xx

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Meagan January 9, 2018 - 2:24 AM

The one task I want my older girls to do each morning, without me nagging is get up, get dressed, have breakfast, pack for day and WALK to the bus on time. My Diabetic daughter to get to school and my 4 year old boy to go to bed on time to be refreshed for his soon to be big days. On top of that I would love them to help with beds and dishes, but I’m going to have to work on that. I’m hoping 2018 is going to be a better year for calm mornings and nights. xx

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Paige January 9, 2018 - 3:30 AM

I’d love my 6yo to organize his bag himself. Check for his reader, lunch, notes etc before leaving in the morning. It’s always me doing it and with three younger siblings the mornings are a challenge on the best of days!

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Jane January 9, 2018 - 9:44 AM

I would love my daughter to make her bed in the morning without being asked as I refuse to do it myself (she is plenty old enough at nearly 12) I hate seeing her room untidy all day long so the evening routine would be fantastic to implement with a quick bedroom tidy before bed too.

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Nicole January 9, 2018 - 1:17 PM

“Get in the car!” That’s what I would love to not have to yell every morning. It somehow gets interpreted as “go out the front and see if there any neighbours to talk to.”

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Amanda January 9, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Brush their teeth!!!

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Kerry January 9, 2018 - 1:27 PM

I would love my child to brush his teeth properly with nagging. He will be sneaky and try to brush without toothpaste, so frustrating.

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Nicole Kent January 9, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Put their lunch boxes in their bag! Its a simple request that is always met with blank stares. I bet they remember if they forget it one day.

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Katrina Wurm January 9, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Would have to be to eat breakfast in a timely fashion, without stopping to daydream every time he picks up the spoon!

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Sally S January 9, 2018 - 2:37 PM

I’d love my 5yo son to eat breakfast to he fuel his body for a good start to the day.

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Sharna andrews January 9, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Get dressed, or get there clothes out ready to be put on!

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Jessica W January 9, 2018 - 2:40 PM

I have 1 primary school starter & 1 preschool starter this year. Add a newborn (due Feb) to the mix and I hope/wish/pray that my older 2 will at least be able to dress themselves without a fuss whilst I’m feeding bub.

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Pauline January 9, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Eat breakfast! PLEASE for the bajillionth time!!!!! Great and very helpful article, Kat!! Thank you!!!

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Frances Platt January 9, 2018 - 2:44 PM

To get up without having to be asked 50 times/ eating breakfast (they never do) drives me crazy!!!! Surprisingly im not bald !!!

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Sian Devine January 9, 2018 - 2:44 PM

To brush her hair. It is a constant nagging.

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Gill January 9, 2018 - 2:45 PM

When my grandson sleeps over, I’d love for him to wake up happy for a fun day at school! ? He will be in Grade 1 this year and is happy when he gets there, it’s just the morning routine that isn’t much fun lol.

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Bronwyn Pescud January 9, 2018 - 2:46 PM

To put their lunch box ad bottle in to their school bags.

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Karin January 9, 2018 - 2:47 PM

My little man is really good with getting dressed. But to him, brushing his teeth is definitely overrated. It’s a daily struggle and I would do love for him to do it after being told once!!!
One can dream, I know!

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Bec January 9, 2018 - 2:48 PM

I would love for my daughter to eat breakfast in less than an hour whereas my son eats breakfast quickly but won’t get dressed!! I’m running from the bedroom to the kitchen and back trying to keep them moving all morning!! With the addition of a new baby getting the kids to school on time will be challenging!

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Tessa January 9, 2018 - 2:49 PM

I would love if I didn’t have to nag my child about getting out of bed, just to get started. How amazing would it be if Kat and Avery helped her bounce out of bed, excited to start her day, completing her chores with a reward and not be nagged about daily life tasks!

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Heather Windred January 9, 2018 - 2:58 PM

I love if my three boys could just get fully ready without me nagging at them especially when it comes to brushing their teeth. They are always fighting over who’s turn it is!

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Patricia January 9, 2018 - 3:02 PM

I would love my kids to both brush their teeth and get dressed including doing up shoe laces without the constant nagging

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Fiona January 9, 2018 - 3:02 PM

It seems to be a struggle for my 4 year old son to be able to brush his teeth every day, twice a day! I would love to win this pack as my son is my first child to start kindy this year and I really don’t know where to start with getting organised!

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Janelle B January 9, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Would love my 7yo to do all the things on your list with minimal reminders! Just to know what’s required to be ready for school without me constantly reminding him (nagging) what needs to be done next!! Your morning list would be a sanity saver in my house!! ?

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Lana January 9, 2018 - 3:12 PM

I would love for my 9yr old dd to make her bed and clean her room each morning. My dd has had a morning routine previously, but a morning routine with AVERY stickers would be a godsend.

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Patti January 9, 2018 - 3:22 PM

I would love my girls to brush their teeth without the need for nagging.

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Sarah January 9, 2018 - 3:26 PM

I would LOVE for my four year old (going into Pre-Primary this year) to just eat her breakfast in a timely fashion. Some days I think my head is going to explode from the tension from her slow eating!

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Sue January 9, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The biggest task in the morning is two get my two autistic children up dressed and ready for daycare and school as we use visual cards and deal with meltdown s .

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Joanne Alphey January 9, 2018 - 3:42 PM

I wish my eldest daughter would brush her hair thoroughly on her own before I help put it up. She carries on a treat if I find knots (and I always do ?) I don’t want to be doing her hair when she gets to high school!

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Summer Hinaki-McDade January 9, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Our Eldest Son, make his bed.
Our Youngest Son, to brush his teeth

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Laura January 9, 2018 - 3:47 PM

My four kiddos aren’t too bad at getting ready for school, but always seem to forget to pack/grab their hats if I don’t remind them!

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Kristy January 9, 2018 - 3:47 PM

I would love my two kids to just get up and get their morning chores done and to be happy for the new day with out nagging. How nice would that be. All the best everyone and I hope you all have a wonderful school year.

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Jodie Sandwell January 9, 2018 - 3:49 PM

My daughter is in year 5 this year so I’m hoping I don’t have to nag her to brush her hair & teeth. Especially the night before so I don’t have to deal with the tangles the next day!

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Margie Stuart January 9, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Oh my goodness, to name just one task I would like them to do without nagging, I feel like that is all I do in the morning! The big one that erks me is to take their breakfast plates back into the kitchen!!!

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Natasha wright January 9, 2018 - 4:08 PM

brush teeth and comb hair… is it that hard….
oh and put drink bottle in back pack! i have 2 kids at school this year so i think ill be more greyer than last year!

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Emma Hancey January 9, 2018 - 4:08 PM

With my 5 Boys i would love to not nag them about brushing their teeth. That drives me crazy every morning. Also not fighting over who’s water bottle is who’s would be great. Thank you for this great prize opportunity.

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Kath Kawaipa January 9, 2018 - 4:21 PM

My daughter is about to start Kindy and I would love for her to complete her routine created by your list without much intervention or nagging from Mummy as well as come home with a empty lunchbox 🙂

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Fiona January 9, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Eat your breakfast!!! I feel like a parrot on repeat

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Taegen January 9, 2018 - 4:24 PM

I have three busy daughters. I would love for them to be able to get their hair brushed without pushing the other one in front.

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Belinda January 9, 2018 - 4:35 PM

I would love for them to empty their lunch boxes and bags of fruit at the bottom of their bags.

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Renee Ballantyne January 9, 2018 - 4:36 PM

To be ready to leave for school on time…..that covers getting dressed, breakfast, brushing teeth……everything ha ha

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Leesa Heron January 9, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Get dressed & brush her teeth. Let’s just say she is “artistic” & distracted by anything, actually everything! I’m very task oriented & this drives me crazy!!

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Alicia January 9, 2018 - 4:45 PM

I would love for my daughter to eat breakfast without the usual fuss and tantrums and the I’m not hungry” comments. She is starting school this year and we’re not going to have an hour up our sleeve to beg and conjole her into eating breakfast, and there’s no way I’m sending her to school on an empty stomach.
I’d also love for my 3 year old to get dressed without having to ask multiple times, so anything to help that would be amazing. Luckily the baby is only 5 months so I don’t have any of these issues with him yet! ?

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Deb Kennelly January 9, 2018 - 4:49 PM

For a tired teenager, just to get out of bed without me nagging please!

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Diana Watts January 9, 2018 - 5:21 PM

I live for the day when my Three children, 15,12 and 7 jump out of bed, greet the day with a smile and a warm hug for me then have breakfast, clean their teeth and dress for school. Oh wouldn’t that be wonderful without all the nagging that normally goes with it.

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Julia Todd January 9, 2018 - 5:38 PM

I would love my 7yo to put his own lunch box and drink bottle in his bag without being reminded every morning!

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Lia January 9, 2018 - 6:02 PM

I’d love for my daughter to get dressed in the morning without all the dramas 🙂

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Kristy January 9, 2018 - 6:44 PM

I would love for my daughter to brush her teeth and do her hair without the nagging and constant incidents to prevent this or take twice as long as it should.

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Sarah January 9, 2018 - 7:17 PM

I am a teacher and mornings are a struggle with two kids who have pyroluria and struggle to get up early. I try and have a good routine but it so often falls short. I would love my children to just get dressed without me nagging, even though we lay our clothes out the night before there just seems to be no motivation.

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Rachel January 9, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Brush their teeth! I’ve had terrible teeth my entire life so I want to make sure our kids don’t suffer in pain like I’ve done. Every day. Brush your teeth! 🙂

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Alison Jones January 9, 2018 - 7:45 PM

I would love my kids to eat breakfast without me nagging them. I think the charts would be great to help get the jobs done!

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Jess January 9, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Oh my gosh!
It feels so much better knowing I’m not alone in the
Morning battle – I mean routine ?
I would just absolutely love my 6 year old Mia
To be motivated to A) Do everything necessary to get ready in the mornings – breaky, plates in dishwasher, brush teeth, get dressed, bag check and hair
And B) without me asking 10 million times!

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Alana January 9, 2018 - 8:00 PM

My first is stating prep this year so anything without nagging would be wonderful, but putting his jimjams back under his pillow and not the lounge room floor would be a great start

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Casie January 9, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Get dressed! And, this, for the love of Pete, includes the socks I laid out!!!

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Kristy January 9, 2018 - 9:11 PM

My beautiful girls are perfect and do everything without being asked…said no one ever!!
I’d love my girls to do their routine without being told to, Ive got a four year old and 8 year old who have the same routine every morning. It sadly involves waiting for mum to ask them to do their teeth, get dressed and make their beds! I went on strike yesterday, they did everything perfectly! Rebellion – 1, mummy – 0 but I shall not give up. Wish me luck mumma bears.

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Karina Lee January 9, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Wake up! For some reason, on non school days she has no issue getting up at 6am but on school days, I have to drag her out at 6.30am.

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Rachel January 9, 2018 - 9:42 PM

I would love for my kids to brush their teeth without reminding. I almost have to tie my eldest down to make him brush his teeth ?

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Christina January 9, 2018 - 10:08 PM

I would love for my four children to have their bags packed and ready by the time we leave without me double checking if they have all of their belongings (water bottles, lunches, swimming gear, instrument and sports gear if needed. I would love to chart each activity they have on so they know what gear to pack each day.

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Sue January 9, 2018 - 10:27 PM

Beds made and clothes put away would be like a dream come true.

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Emma McRae January 9, 2018 - 10:52 PM

If my cherubs would eat their breakfast (without me nagging), our mornings would be much more relaxed!

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Lisa January 9, 2018 - 11:10 PM

It’s frustrating when the cherubs won’t get out of bed in the morning for school, BUT when it’s either a weekend or holidays when we could all enjoy an extra hour in bed they get up earlier than they would have to for school!!!

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Aleisha January 9, 2018 - 11:43 PM

I would love to stop nagging my children about brushing their teeth in the morning and before bed! Sends me crazy when I have to repeat myself millions of times. Can’t they smell their bad breath ?

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Irma Februantini January 10, 2018 - 5:40 AM

I would love my kids wake up in the morning by them self. Most of the time they do drama just to wake up. And the drama continue when it’s time to get ready for school. ?
That chart would help a lot to make my morning routine going smooth. ,?

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Chandini January 10, 2018 - 6:03 AM

For my 4yo to eat her breakfast!!!! With no fuss most days of the week.

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Kate Adams January 10, 2018 - 8:18 AM

I’d like my boys to be able to brush their teeth without me nagging. I’m going to try to make it fun for them and encourage them with kids electric toothbrushes.

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Clare Thomas January 10, 2018 - 8:19 AM

For both my boys to brush their teeth without having to constantly remind them!

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Melanie Stevenson January 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

I would love my kids to get dressed in the morning. I lay all their clothes out the night before as they are 5 and 4 years old, however i still end up nagging them! Hoping this year goes a little smoother with them both in school

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Jess January 10, 2018 - 9:21 AM

I would love it if my daughter would eat her breakfast without having to be constantly reminded to keep eating.

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Kerry la motte January 10, 2018 - 9:31 AM

OMG brush their teeth! That would be so nice ?

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Helen F January 10, 2018 - 10:28 AM

In our house, doing my two girls’ hair in the morning, particularly little miss 3, who hates it, is the biggest challenge. I’m very new to braiding, and miss 5 has quite short wispy hair that she loves to have put into an “Elsa Plait”. I’m sure one day my skills will match her expectations!

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Karen January 10, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Just to get them out of their PJ would be a great start to the day without having to get them dressed in the car on the way to school

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Sallyann Silver January 10, 2018 - 12:12 PM

One chore that gets me
Each morning and night
Is Miss 9 and teeth brushing
Its always a fight
Rewards charts and groundings
Teeth that aren’t white
I tell her they’ll fall out
So she can’t bite
Nothing has worked
Or gives her a fright
She just won’t brush
Her not so pearly whites!

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Hayley January 10, 2018 - 12:13 PM

I would love my 4 year old to get into the habit of doing teeth AFTER breakfast instead of whenever he wants (or never).

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Mandy Young January 10, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Brush their teeth – I even have an alarm on my phone now to remind them its crazy

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Linda Brown January 10, 2018 - 1:04 PM

For my boys to get out of bed!

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Joanan January 10, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Picking up clothes, I might need to label the clothes basket to get her to put it in lol, Why is my girl so so messy!!

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kerry knight-caetan January 10, 2018 - 1:52 PM

I’d love my two to brush their teeth without flicking toothpaste at each other!!

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Trish January 10, 2018 - 2:00 PM

My 11yrs olds to fill their water bottle and pack lunchboxes into their bags before breakfast so we aren’t late for only bus – 7:40am

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Katie January 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

I would love my three year old to sit and eat breakfast without me having to spoon feed him in order for him to sit and eat it all. We have a puppy and a kitten that he is besotted with, so he spends more time fussing over them than doing what he needs to.

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Joan Vivian January 10, 2018 - 3:06 PM

To clean their teeth without being reminded a dozen times.

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Christy January 10, 2018 - 3:54 PM

If my 12yo daughter would just get out of bed, that would be great.

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Catherine Gangur January 10, 2018 - 4:25 PM

I’d love my kids to get completely dressed every morning, no I don’t know where my socks are now!!

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Simone January 10, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Every morning I feel like all I do is yell ? the big thing I would love is my kids to get organised without me having to remind them what they have to do especially as I have a 3month and 3yo I also have to organise in the morning. But worst thing is brushing there teeth they always forget.

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Mel January 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

I’d love both my mr 11 and mr 15 to get their own lunches and bags ready so I don’t have to rush around stressing

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Michelle January 10, 2018 - 6:21 PM

I’d love my 4 kids to back there essentials for school the night before. So we have more of non rush morning

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Yvonne Sachse January 10, 2018 - 7:19 PM

I would love them to brush their teeth and wash their faces without being asked at least 10 times.

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Nelly January 10, 2018 - 7:57 PM

My 2018 Kindy Wishlist would be to have my wee boy gather his clothes and try to get dressed without it being and sounding like the end of the world.

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Leah January 10, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Getting things done is a hopeless task. Being ready in the morning needs to be done fast. This year he’s at big school and nagging is no fun, so from here on in, I’d like my son to get up with the sun!

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Penny Berryman January 10, 2018 - 10:17 PM

I would love it if my daughter would have her hair brushed and put up, without the screaming!

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Lucinda January 10, 2018 - 11:05 PM

My boys are pretty good at getting ready for school – but my 8 year old worries about being late so i would love for him to stop nagging me in the car trip to school with “are we late, are we late” ??

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Renae January 10, 2018 - 11:39 PM

I would love my daughter the breakfast that she asked for instead of asking for something different after it is made.

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Renae January 10, 2018 - 11:40 PM

*eat the breakfast

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Silvia January 11, 2018 - 1:24 AM

I would love it if my kids would just get dressed in the morning without getting distracted between putting on each item of clothing.

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Kim January 11, 2018 - 3:41 AM

Why does it always take FOREVER for kids to eat their breakfast?
I have decided this year that we’re having a kitchen timer set for the appropriate time to eat and put dishes in the sink and if getting dressed quicker doesn’t improve without any reminders then the timer will be set again!
I hate starting our day feeling like I’m nagging over everything. I want us all to have a smile on our face when we walk out the door. It’s amazing what a difference it makes to your whole day!

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Tamara Joyce January 11, 2018 - 5:45 AM

Clean Teeth

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Angie January 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Speed up at eating his breakfast…
How is it possible that a bowl of cereal takes 30 mins to eat!!!
Sometimes I wonder if I have another tone of voice. And to make matters worse even hubby asks ” can you please turn it down a notch?”
Turn it down a notch?!?! Sure hun, (says no wife ever)

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melissa January 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Brushing his teeth! He’s 6 so most morning routine stuff is not too much of an issue, but we often get dragging of the feet to clean his teeth. Funny because its the most quick mundanes of tasks!

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Amanda Drehlich January 11, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The one task I would love my children to do each morning, without me nagging them is brush teeth and comb their hair. My boys often get distracted on the way to the bathroom and it seems playing with Lego or hide and seek is far more exciting!

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Ade January 11, 2018 - 1:37 PM

I would like myself to stop nagging, and instead use my calm voice to remind my children to get ready for school. I am hoping that with strategies such as visual reminders, I can reduce my nagging.

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Devanshi Shah January 11, 2018 - 1:51 PM

I would love my 5 year old ,who is starting kindergarten this year , get up with a lovely smile thank god for giving the lovely day and this would help him to start his day with positivity and love which in turn would help me to stop nagging which will make him more responsible in life.

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Alison Drummond Jones January 11, 2018 - 7:15 PM

I have twin boys … one with ADHD and a sensory perception disorder. He seems to have a really hard time deciding on breakfast. … he hates repetition of food, which is really hard. He can sometimes change his mind at the last minute … and as I will be,starting a new job … it all adds extra stress!

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Rebekah Ballingall January 11, 2018 - 10:43 PM

I’d love my son to be able to get out of bed with a smile

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Annie McBain January 12, 2018 - 10:58 AM

The one task I would love for both of my children to complete without fuss in the morning is brushing their teeth!!! A simple task that needs constant reminders from me every single morning!!!

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Maddi January 12, 2018 - 11:15 AM

I would love my kids to brush their teeth without me nagging and losing my bananas every day. Every day it’s a drama. The tooth paste they liked yesterday is too spicy today and they can’t use it… They brushed their teeth once this week already so why do they have to do it again… They like yellow teeth… Always an excuse. Just brush your teeth please.

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Debra January 12, 2018 - 11:41 AM

I would love it if the kids checked their school week calendar on the wall and pack their school bags with whatever they need for that day. Everyone remembers (mostly) their lunch box and water, but I am forever nagging them about library books, homework, school banking, swim gear – whatever that day’s ‘extras’ are.

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Alyssa Ryan January 12, 2018 - 11:54 AM

My eldest is off to Kindy this year and would love to start a great routine to be ready for ‘Big School’. I would love it if they could make their bed each morning without me having to ask. This is the first thing I get done in the morning, so by the kids doing it as soon as they are out of bed, would be a major help.

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Amy Anstiss January 12, 2018 - 12:11 PM

The one task I would love my child to do is get dressed in the morning so I can stop nagging in Christmas tune…

“I wish you would put your clothes on,
I wish you would put your socks on,
I wish you would put your shoes on,
And eat breakfast too!

“Good behaviour will bring
you a special treat!
Good manners are a bonus
And will stop mummy nagging!

“I wish you would put your clothes on,
I wish you would put your socks on,
I wish you would put your shoes on,
And eat breakfast too!”

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Gail January 12, 2018 - 12:18 PM

For me it would be my son making his bed each morning 🙂 Also, thank you for your great tips 🙂

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Kylie B January 12, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Brush their teeth without nagging them!

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Raelene English January 12, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Hi I would love my 5 kids 2 do everything in the morning

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Melissa Meisch January 12, 2018 - 2:34 PM

I have two boys aged 11 and 7 and I have to nag nag nag them to get dressed, have breakfast, pack your school bags, put your socks and shoes on, brush your hair and teeth, I think what I would like them to do is listen more and it will be more smoother and calm mornings?

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Heather January 12, 2018 - 3:15 PM

To leave the house when I say so we don’t have to get up extra early to allow time to get out the door so we make it on time.

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Kim January 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

I’m glad to hear its not just me and my 11yo son…. hehe
You would think by year 6 he’d have the routine down without any reminders and nagging from me.
ah kids 🙂

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Wanita January 12, 2018 - 3:44 PM

My little one is in a good routine and is often up and dressed before we are but if I could only get her to be so eager to clean her teeth every morning then I could stop worrying about the dental visits in later years! 🙂

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Dorcas Ajose January 12, 2018 - 3:48 PM

I would love my almost 7yr old to just start the process of getting dressed on waking up without my prompting rather than going on to play!

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Shelley Martin January 12, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Getting dressed for school without getting distracted by the dog, his toys, and anything else that might be in his vicinity.

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Kaycee January 12, 2018 - 6:04 PM

I would love love love for my daughter to eat her breakfast instead of going off into dream land …. Every.Single.Morning :/

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Rosie Horne January 12, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Eat breakfast in less than 30 mins!! She is in Prep this year and we have been trying to get into a good morning routine for the last few months so we will (hopefully) prevent mum madness before 9am!!

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Leigh January 12, 2018 - 8:39 PM

To brush her teeth!! ?

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Yvonne January 12, 2018 - 8:46 PM

I would love my children to just get out of bed when their alarm goes off and not hit snooze.

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Sheralee January 12, 2018 - 8:57 PM

I would love for my kids to remember to brush their teeth in the morning and take their school bags out to the car

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Jacqueline Rambridge January 12, 2018 - 8:59 PM

Miss 5 is starting Prep this year and has become fiercely independent recently. She manages to get her own breaky, pick her own clothes and put her bag in the car. But no matter how many times I ask or tell, she refuses to brush her hair! If she could brush her hair without me nagging, mornings have the potential to be stress free.

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Michelle Jenkin January 12, 2018 - 9:55 PM

SHOES! Oh my goodness shoes! The number of times I ask my girls to put their shoes on in the morning does my head in! And just when I think their shoes are on and we’re ready to go, I turn around and Miss 3 has taken hers off and is off playing somewhere! Super frustrating! ???

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Toni Sherwood January 12, 2018 - 11:35 PM

I’d really like master 6 to make his bed. He says he doesn’t know how, but he won’t even try to learn. I’d be happy with just pulling the doona up so it looks made. At one stage we had him putting his pj’s under his pillow but that trick was soon forgotten. ?

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Sapna S January 13, 2018 - 2:12 PM

I want my son to wash his face everyday before getting ready for school without me reminding him again and again.

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Alicia Bardsley January 13, 2018 - 3:06 PM

I just want them to brush their teeth – surely by now I shouldn’t even have to ask!

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Elisabeth January 13, 2018 - 10:54 PM

I would love my 2 daughters to pack their bags by themselves without reminders. At the moment if I don’t keep reminding them, they forget important things, then blame me. So frustrating ?

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Kerry January 14, 2018 - 8:10 AM

I am quite lucky I found your site early (yay!) so mornings with my little one, who is off too big kindy this year are quite pleasant. She makes her bed as she gets up, eats her breakfast, places it in the sink (soon to be dish washer) brushes teeth, then I help her to get dressed. My biggest task is her HAIR!! I try everything, I am gentle (which then takes too long) she always runs off and under the table and refuses to come out. I make it fun letting her pick the hair style she wants from two options but it’s a real struggle (I have yet to try a rewards chart with this). I know her brushing her hair is a task she can not do on her own yet but it is my biggest nagging, chasing her down and almost sitting on her plight. I hope this can be included as an entry as I would love the labels and lunchboxes as I’m a nervous first time, sending my daughter off to Kindy, mum and think they would really help me out. Also as I said I use one of your morning charts already and it’s WORKS, as the pictures are what she reads, so I would love to try your others. Thank you

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Norly Idicula January 14, 2018 - 8:21 AM

I would love my 6 & 4 year old to eat their breakfast without me having to constantly remind them to do so . With 4 kids under 6, I struggle to get out of house on time in the mornings for drop off. I would love to be more organised in the mornings for my sake and my kids. I hate having to nag and rush them, instead would prefer calmer and organized morning.

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Kristy Olsen January 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Would love my kids to follow our morning routine without me having to nag! At 11 and 8 you think we would have this running smoothly by now!

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Steph R January 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

I have an almost 4 year old and a 5 year old (boys) and I struggle to get them to do ANYTHING the first (second, third, forth etc.) time I ask. The main things are getting dressed, putting shoes on and getting in the car. My eldest is starting school this year so I’m feeling even more stressed about the mornings routine for this year!

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Sally Jones January 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Teeth brushing is a nightmare in our home! Surely it must be the devil of all tasks? Henry’s crafty and will find ways to avoid doing them each night. Why oh why? It can be done and dusted so quickly! We’d love to reward him with some fab stickers and keep his lunchbox organised!

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Amy Petersen January 14, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Get out of bed! Such a chore every morning, I jump out of bed but she’ll sleep til midday if she was allowed!

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Sonya January 14, 2018 - 4:03 PM

I know it’s strange, but I’m always having to nag my kids to go to the toilet before the school run! I find it weird because I have to go to the toilet the first thing after getting up, but they don’t seem to ever need to go!

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Tracy Lowings January 14, 2018 - 4:18 PM

To eat their breakfast

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Judy P January 14, 2018 - 6:56 PM

I nag about seeming everything in the morning! The biggest nag is that I say, “Ok, up the stairs, we’ve got to go” they always forget to take their schoolbags up so I have to because ‘our shoes are already on!’.

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Ang t January 15, 2018 - 8:17 AM

To pack their bags with lunchboxes drink bottle and everything else needed sick of telling them everyday same things

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Theresa Te Whaiti January 15, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Do their teeth

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Elvis L January 15, 2018 - 9:28 AM

For my 13 year old daughter to complete her morning chores like unloading the dishwasher, make the bed and pack her lunch 🙂

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Kathryn January 15, 2018 - 10:59 AM

One task that is truly the biggest and hardest task for my kiddies is to simply put their lunch boxes in their bag and to get their drink bottles from the fridge! So much nagging and nagging every single morning . Arghhh!

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Kirstin January 15, 2018 - 11:47 AM

I’d love for my daughter to get dressed in the mornings without me asking her 4-5 times

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Sharon Johnson January 15, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Stick to the routine of persevering through the days highs and lows. Starting with Iam wonderful and make his own lunch.

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Rhiannon Abernethy January 15, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Pick up all the toys when she’s finished playing with them! 😉

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Vanessa January 15, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Just my boy who’s 5 and my girl who’s 8 to get dressed for school and eat there breakfast get there shoes on and have there bags ready to go without being nagged and reminded 20 times of a morning would be great ? I see so many other people are having the same problems ? ?

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Elizabeth Gully January 15, 2018 - 2:52 PM

I would love my child to make sure there school bag was packeted correctly nothing missing like Home reader or lunch

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Elizabeth Gully January 15, 2018 - 2:55 PM

I would love my hubby to make his own lunch and pack his work bag with his water bottle etc on his own.. it is not easy packing so many bags ..
Hubby for work
Mine for Tafe
Ayla for high school
Kiera for primary
And Melissa for volunteering….

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Kylie D January 15, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Apply sunscreen!
In our climate it’s essential they apply it daily, especially while they are young. I can see the results of years of (mild) sun exposure on my own face.
I’m tired of the sound of my own voice ‘have-you-put-your-sunscreen -on-yet? Don’t forget to use the cream on your face, not the spray”. I’m sure the kids are even more tired of hearing me nag them!!

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Bianca b January 15, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Shoe, hair, uniform .. Having waist long hair it must be plaited and tied back for school .. year one this year may just get easier for me

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Kate January 15, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Definitely bushing their teeth! ?

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Kathy Ferguson Clark January 15, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Make her Bed

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Lea Black January 15, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Brush their teeth, thats the most important thing and hardest to get them to do.

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Jodie B January 15, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Gosh I’d love my 3 girls to basically just watch the clock. EVERY morning I have to tell them to move faster and get a wriggle on….if they could just keep an eye on the clock and better manage time- by themselves!!

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Steph January 16, 2018 - 12:36 AM

For my 12 year ms to get up before 8am and for her to eat breakfast with nagging would be awesome .

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Kulsoom Siddiqui January 16, 2018 - 1:58 AM

For my younger daughter (almost 3), brush her teeth. She is very stubborn, assertive and strong headed.

For my older daughter (4 and a bit), to whiz through the morning without distractions. She is obedient but is always chatty or in constant play mode and is therefore not focused. Sometimes I play along to keep a positive vibe but as soon as I turn firm and decrease play, she begins to whine.

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Anna January 16, 2018 - 7:06 AM

Dental care is a must,
I’d love for my girl to brush without fuss!
Instead of poking and playing around,
I wish she’d clean properly without a sound!

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Ann-Marie January 16, 2018 - 9:47 AM

To hurry up in the bathroom. Having a shower and brushing your teeth seems to take longer to do the older they get.

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Kim Sutton January 16, 2018 - 11:30 AM

I’d love for my 5 year old to eat without sooking haha it has got to be the most difficult thing for her to do. Even when I let her pick what she wants to eat, it’s world war 3

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Lisa Nichols January 16, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Matching socks would be awesome!!!!!

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Tamara Lamb January 16, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Oh mine is pretty simple. Put you damn shoes on the first time I ask like a lovable Mummy not the tenth time when I’m a screaming psycho!

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Cassandra Perry January 16, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Hair brushing. Anyone would think I was suggesting she stand on a bed of nails (which I think both miss 7 &3 would prefer). Not only do I have to nag about the hair, once it is knot free I am then asked to style it, often without any bobby pins because they disappear into some magic pin eating void in the house.

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Jessica azzopardi January 16, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Clean up after herself without having to ask

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Caroline Kelly January 16, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Enthusiastically wake up without hearing the, “Five more minutes,” record.

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Lauren January 16, 2018 - 9:18 PM

I would love it if my girls (11 and 8yrs old) could just get dressed the first time i ask them not the millionth!!

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Erica January 16, 2018 - 10:14 PM

I’d love for my son to finish up his breakfast and take his dirty plate to the kitchen with out having to ask a million times. I sound like a broken record some days asking him to eat up or finish your food and take your plate out.
I’m sure every mum has this problem once as there child is growing up.

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Amanda January 17, 2018 - 5:22 AM

I would love for my clab to get ready with out nigggling at each other- I didn’t think it was a huge request but apparently getting ready to get out the door cannot happen with out “she touched me” “he looked at me” “he went in my room” “she touched my bag” “he used all the milk”. The morning struggle is real! And if never ends.

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Sharyn Williams January 17, 2018 - 8:18 AM

clean their teeth for sure as everyday i have to say “clean your teeth” which is very frustrating. They know they have to do it so why cant they get it done without being reminded (and if i dont remind them they just dont do it) – sigh!!!!!

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Kristina S January 17, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Eating a good breakfast. Both my kids.. One doesn’t want to eat at all that early and the other just wants sugary cereal. Not a good way to start each day.

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Annie Le January 17, 2018 - 1:44 PM

I would love my son to remember to take his school bag to school. There have been numerous times where we had to drive back home in peak hour traffic to pick up his bag. *cries

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TARA January 18, 2018 - 8:18 AM

I would love my sons to put EVERYTHING in their bag that they need before placing them at the front door “ready for school” – in particular I’d like to see their school hat and drink bottle IN THEIR BAGS. They insist on wearing their hats around the house before school which would be fine if the hats stayed on their heads but somehow they take them off and then forget where they put them leading to all sorts of angst when it’s time to go. Similar is true for their drink bottles (we’re thirsty mum!) – we have so many, if they have to carry a drink bottle around with them when at home it doesn’t have to be the one that needs to school. I’m now thinking I will label our bottles as “home” bottles, “school” bottles and “sports day” bottles then maybe this might help…

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Penny January 18, 2018 - 8:51 AM

I would love my son to follow a routine! Our mornings always end up out of control because he procrastinates or gets sidetracked. I’d love to be an Organised Housewife with those amazing charts & the Avery products would grab my little Archie’s attention as he LOVE LOVE LOVES his stickers.

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sacha January 18, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Eaugh miss 6 is very vain and “fashionista”. Instead of making her lunch/ finding her shoes shes spending AGES putting her hair up nice and accessorising with bows and clips. Then jewellery and coordinated socks. Drives me mad!!!

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Lilly January 18, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The one thing I want my 4yo to do,
Which some may think is simple this is true
Is to go to the toilet in the morning by himself,
Without the need to expose himself.
This will save the last minute panic,
Buckled in the car, screaming like a manic.
This chart will remind him to go
All the while keeping Mummy’s stress levels low.

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Kellie January 18, 2018 - 5:43 PM

To get dressed!!!!! How many times does one have to ask?!

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Laura Scriven January 18, 2018 - 8:35 PM

To fix breakfast up themselves,
I’m not a magic elf!
That would free me up to dress,
So I don’t have to stress.

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Polly January 18, 2018 - 9:59 PM

It’s not that hard I simply just want my kids to get dressed!!

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Kasey January 19, 2018 - 9:34 AM

It seems I have the opposite issue – I’d love for mine to sleep in past 5.30. Is there a rewards chart for a mum who is always running behind?

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Tanya January 19, 2018 - 1:49 PM

To actually move. My 3 kids seem to forget that things don’t happen on their own whilst in zombie mode :-/

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Iris January 19, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Brush your teeth! Please!

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Joanne Everson January 20, 2018 - 6:14 AM

I would for my daughter to get out of bed when asked no argument and get dressed and for my son to be able to find both of his shoes without having to turn his bedroom upside down.

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Skye Danaher January 20, 2018 - 9:39 AM

Eat his cereal in one sitting. Every morning he starts to eat it, then leaves to watch tv, comes back, eats some more, then goes to get dressed, comes back, eats some more etc etc

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Rach January 20, 2018 - 9:53 AM

Would love him to eat his cereal in the morning without playing with it for half an hour ?

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Penelope January 20, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Make their beds

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Michelle January 20, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Getting out of bed without complaining would be nice.

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Kristy Winters January 21, 2018 - 2:02 AM

Feeding the dog before breakfast.

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Selina Brookes January 21, 2018 - 6:23 AM

I’d love for my children just to put on their shoes without me having to ask/cajole/plead/scream/cry for them to do it every morning.

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Tamara January 21, 2018 - 6:38 AM

I would love my child to remember to have his puffers before he leaves the house! Asthma is so important to be correctly managed and I try to keep him aware of this.

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Naomi January 21, 2018 - 6:53 AM

My biggest problem in the mornings is mr2 distracting mr5. I think a sticker chart will really help him to stay more focused and have a sence of achievement as he does each item.

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Brittany January 21, 2018 - 6:56 AM

I would love my daughters to get their shoes on (they’re quite young) but I find shoes are our biggest issue. They pot around the house in just socks, then I’m in a rush to get to the car and they’re standing at the car shoeless ? so that’s our task we are working on this year!

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Amanda January 21, 2018 - 6:57 AM

The one thing I would love to see is some self managed responsibility by using the stickers and chart!
This one skill would bring the weight off me and give the kids some more control.

Thanks for the opportunity XoX

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Nicole Lizzio January 21, 2018 - 6:57 AM

I would love the kids to just eat breakfast. Any other time of day they are starving……except when I want them to eat to leave the house!

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Laurie January 21, 2018 - 6:59 AM

My biggest morning wish is getting them to brush their teeth without nagging.

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Tracy Greer January 21, 2018 - 7:04 AM

To apply sunscreen as it’s very important to be sun safe!

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Lorelle Matsen January 21, 2018 - 7:05 AM

To sit down (still!) and get their hair done

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Sandra Jefferies January 21, 2018 - 7:10 AM

The one thing is putting socks & shoes on, forever telling my kids to.

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Michelle t January 21, 2018 - 7:18 AM

With four young kids and working full time, I would love them to just get up, get dressed and brush their teeth. This would be a great help to the morning chaos!

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Amy January 21, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Everything. Getting dressed, brushing teeth and putting on sunscreen. It’s a battle every morning. This would make it easier for them to know what needs to be done instead of being told numerous times. ?

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Tina January 21, 2018 - 7:33 AM

I would love my daughter to shower & brush her teeth without my nagging her to do so. Also to not take a bunch of toys in the car for our drive to school each morning. ?

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Anastasia Scott-Myles January 21, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Brush their teeth! I’ve spoken about ‘holes’ in teeth, brushing the ‘furry monster’s away, and made it a paid job. I still have to remind them – even my 13yo!

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Cleo Male January 21, 2018 - 7:40 AM

It is my 11year olds job to put the dishes away, I would love him to do this every morning before school instead of me nagging him after school while I’m trying to get him to after-school activities and dinner prepared etc.

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anna donato January 21, 2018 - 7:48 AM

I would like them to brush their hair and brush their teeth and wash their faces.

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Stephanie Brown January 21, 2018 - 7:52 AM

I would love for my daughter to get up and get ready without whinging and taking over 2 hours to get dressed, eat, hair done and brush teeth. She starts school this year and i dont want to ruin getting ready for school with nagging not to mention my sanity.

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Sonia January 21, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Oh where do I start ??
The whole morning routine, ending with getting in the car in time.

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Bonita January 21, 2018 - 7:58 AM

The one thing I don’t want to nag about in the morning is My 9 year old eating Breakfast. My 9 year old will delay for as long as possible.

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Heidi January 21, 2018 - 8:03 AM

I am always nagging about them putting on their shoes and sock.?

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Meryem Celik January 21, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Id love for both my kids to eat their breakfast so we can get out on time. My daughter usually nags its too early and my son complains he isnt hungry yet. Just eat it!

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Kelly January 21, 2018 - 8:47 AM

I would love my kids to be able to brush their teeth together without nagging each other and it turning into a fight! At the moment they go in one at a time!! Otherwise they are great in the mornings ?

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Mary Cole January 21, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Hurry up please! It always seems to take too long to get moving for my son.

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Kate Jones January 21, 2018 - 8:59 AM

For my 5 year old boy to put his socks and shoes on the first (or even second!) Time he’s asked…. instead it turns into a war of the socks (never mind the roses) and chaos usually ensues while we battle to get out the door on time… ive tried everything from bribery to threats and everything in between…. surely one day it’ll get better, right?? X

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Tina January 21, 2018 - 9:14 AM

I would love. My teenage daughters to actually remember to put their washing in their baskets each morning. There is nothing more frustrating than washing clean clothes again. Actually, I would love them to put their clean laundry away so this is less likely to happen. Too many things in a busy schedule of things I would love my children and husband to do automatically without feeling like an enormous nag for expecting them to do “family” tasks.

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Dayna Detlefsen January 21, 2018 - 9:25 AM

I would love for my kids to quickly finish their breakfast and bring over the dishes without getting distracted ?

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Cath Mckenna January 21, 2018 - 9:25 AM

My kids are pretty good at getting ready but they always leave packing their bag til we are walking out the door. This is where we get rushed and I feel like we need to improve our routine without me raising my voice!
Thanks for all the great tips Katrina

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Rebekah Tate January 21, 2018 - 9:45 AM

I would love my boys to clean their teeth without me having to remind them 1000 times. Sensory issues make this hard though.

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Kylie January 21, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Do what I ask when I ask!

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Briony Halliday January 21, 2018 - 9:58 AM

ALL of it…without arguing with their brothers! Three boys, 10 and 7 year old twins!!

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Dimitie January 21, 2018 - 10:09 AM

I would love for my kids to brush their teeth with me having to nag… all the time…

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Tracie Ramos January 21, 2018 - 10:28 AM

I would like my almost 8yr old to concentrate on what he was doing. If he can finish one task at a time it would be easier for everyone.

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Liz January 21, 2018 - 10:38 AM

I have 5 kids & this year is going to be epic as my 16 yr old is in her final year of high school, my son is yr 8, my middle son is in his final year of primary school, my youngest son is in yr 5 & my youngest daughter starts pre-primary- whew! I would like my youngest & middle child to eat breakfast properly & my youngest son to get dressed on time. I”m returning to study & work this year so I”m definitely trying to get super organised. Your back to school ideas have helped here Kat so a big thank you!

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Shanna Trimble January 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM

This woukd be great for my asd daughter then I wouldnt have to nag and remind her every morning about her hair and her lunch. She loves task lists!!!

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Amy January 21, 2018 - 11:58 AM

I’m constantly nagging my girls to do their hair and put school shoes on! so tiring.

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Cass Perrett January 21, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Funnily enough I would like my daughter to remember her school bag before we get to school and says I forgot my entire bag… lol

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Belinda Lawton January 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

I would love my little boy to put his shoes on without an argument!

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Jodie Mascurine January 21, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Oh my goodness – I can’t list just one! Three little kids and a Hubby that works away. I would LOVE for my 8 year old to step up and just do the basic tasks without me having to nag. Every. Single. Day!

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Karen January 21, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Pack their water bottles and sun hats! To me it’s a no brainer but I am seemingly forever bellowing out “Have you got your hats and water bottles?”

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Heidi January 21, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Get dressed!! Simple and so easy but still have to nag ???

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Kells January 21, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Put their shoes, and find their shoes lol. They go missing when we are running late every time!

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Lisa January 21, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Take their milo cups out and put in the sink! Its not hard, ans i nag daily, but i still come back after drop off and theybarebstill they are still siting where they dranknthem…..so frustrating, and the smell of off milk if left all day eeeewwwww

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Antoniette Graham January 21, 2018 - 3:29 PM

I would love my kids to understand brushing their hair & teeth every morning (at least!) is a non-negotiable. It’s just good hygiene isn’t it, why does mummy have to nag you?! ?

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Jen January 21, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Get dressed!!

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Cassie Vallejos January 21, 2018 - 5:10 PM

With 4 kids, 12, 10, 7 and 5 years old, plus being a little OCD myself, there are lots of things I like my children to do each morning before school or going out!
One of the main things I would like them to accomplish on their own without my constant reminders and nagging would be to MAKE THEIR BEDS.
They do make them, but only after I’ve had to ask and remind them of this.

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mitsa January 21, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Help my 7 y o eat breakfast, do his chores without yelling at him 20 times before school. please : !

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Melanie January 21, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Underarm deodorant! 12 year old twin boys liken it to poison and prefer their armpits to smell tangy. Daily ritual…Me – “have you used deodorant?” Boys – “yes” (with an OMG mum look on their faces). Me – “let me smell then” (lucky me!). Boys – strangely don’t want to be sniffed by their mum, rush off back to bedrooms and back to me in about 2 seconds. Me – “did you put it on this time?” Boys – “yes” with same tone of voice and look on faces as previously. Me – raised eyebrows (thinking I’m not going to sniff you, you can go to school smelling horrific with all your little horrific smelling friends). Poor teachers…

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Kerry January 21, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Brush their teeth ?

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Heidi January 21, 2018 - 7:08 PM

I’d love my 2 to get up & get dressed, have breaky & clean their teeth & then do things they’d like to do – rather than the other way around

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Teena January 21, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Just one??!!! Would be great for them to know what is needed to be done next without constant prompting.

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Samantha boyle January 21, 2018 - 7:44 PM

I am a very organised person and always get ready early. But my 4yo is the opposite. He has decided that even though I nag, he won’t get dressed until
The last minute. That means I’m literally walking out the door before he will get dressed. “Mum, just tell me when we are leaving and I’ll get dressed then” is his response!!!

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Catherine Cadby January 21, 2018 - 9:48 PM

I would love for my three girls to put the milk back in the fridge with the lid ON and their dishes in the sink ‘zone’!!! (It’s the small things that make me happy in the mornings!!)

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Loretta January 21, 2018 - 10:30 PM

I would love them both (5 and 8) to make their own breakfast independently. Nothing too fancy, just something simple like cereal or toast ?

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Deanna January 21, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Definitely brush your teeth ?and get your shoes on ? ??

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Kristin January 21, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Wow, do we need one of these checklists! I am like a broken record most mornings 🙁
The part we struggle the most with is brushing teeth and getting hair done!
You’d think it was something new I made up that day for them to do, not something we do every. single. day. 🙁 🙁

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Jade Blyth January 22, 2018 - 12:39 AM

Most of the time my two are pretty good but they love having a list to follow. I would love for them to just get on with their jobs though, without constant nagging. The one thing I would love them to do without me having to nag, is unstack the dishwasher each morning.

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Lorelle January 22, 2018 - 7:46 AM

Organisation in my household would awesome

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Lea Meadows January 22, 2018 - 8:27 AM

I would just be happy if my daughter could get out of bed in the morning 🙂

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Samantha Amos January 22, 2018 - 8:28 AM

For me it is brushing their teeth. How many times can two kids be told the same thing over and over again!!!

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Susan B January 22, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Having boys I would have to say it’s
Clean any mess made if they didn’t aim correct when going for their morning wee, nothing worse than sitting a wet toilet seat for this mummy.

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Deborah de Geeter January 22, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Would love my 8 year old twin boys to brush their teeth without me nagging them to!

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Kylie B January 22, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Get dressed and ready for school instead of being zombie like and taking forever to put 1 sock on.

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Ellen January 22, 2018 - 8:18 PM

To be organised, to leave the house without forgetting something, to remember what we need each day, to keep my sanity before I leave in the morning! For the kids to give me 5 minutes quiet time to think before we rush out the door to work through the checklist.

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Kristy January 23, 2018 - 5:14 PM

I would like my children to eat their breakfast in the morning and get dressed for school without me nagging one million times.

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Tracey January 31, 2018 - 6:52 PM

My three boys don’t actually nag, but I’d love them to get dressed without me having to check in a thousand times to make sure it’s getting done!,

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