Back to School

Back to school tips with Frixion

It’s that time of year again. With my oldest starting High School this year I have been preparing for “Back to School” since before Christmas!!

Frixion has teamed up with Nicole Pierotti to bring us some tips for the crazy that is about to ensue as we prepare for that first day back at school. A child psychologist of 19 years, Nicole Pierotti runs her own clinic in Queensland and parenting advice website, ‘Baby Smiles’.


“It’s best for parents and for kids to start the term in a calm and focused way. No one needs lost socks or tired kids first day back at school. Invest a little time in preparing for back to school and you will feel calm and in control. Families are much happier and run smoothly when you start the term off in a organised manner,” says Nicole Pierotti, child psychologist.

If you haven’t heard of Frixion, they are a erasable pens!

Featuring thermo-sensitive ink which is removed through heat and friction, you can make a mistake and rub it out with the built-in eraser and start again. (Awesome!, and I’m giving away three packs full below!)

Nicole offers her top tips on getting your child ready to go back to school.

  1. Get Sleep on Track – holidays are well known for later bedtimes and morning sleep-ins. Rather than wait until the first day back at school, adjust your child’s bedtime back 15 minutes a night a few nights before, so on the first day of school, they’ll bounce out of bed with ease.
  2. Find those uniforms – The day before school goes back, get your children to organise their uniform, find their shoes, give them a polish, gather their hats and lunchboxes. You don’t want to be looking for lost socks on the first day of school.
  3. Be lunch box ready – Back to lunchboxes it is. So be sure to organise the grocery list, shop, stock the pantry and plan for the week ahead before school starts.
  4. Replace stationery – Get your children to check their pens, pencils, rubbers, coloured pencils and glue sticks. Replace any that are past their use. It’s certainly easier to shop for these in the holidays than running around after school and in-between school activities. Plus your child’s teacher really doesn’t want to be asked about these the first few days back!
  5. Update your timetable – spend 30 minutes updating your timetable with after school activities, sport, choirs, drama, music. Pencil it in your diary and be sure to print it out and put it on the noticeboard or fridge. Have it visible not hidden in a file or on a desk somewhere. I love making colour coded ones with a different colour for each child. Frixion pens are great for this because you can rub out any changes with the built-in eraser, without a trace, to keep your timetable easy to read and ensure you stay organised.

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  • Jessica Ashbrooke
    January 30, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Buy your kids s school stuff as part of their Christmas presents it saves money having to be forked out end of January

  • Angela ready
    January 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Pack lunches the night before, get the kids involved. Then they know they like what’s for lunch, and you’ll know they’ll eat it.

  • Donna Roberts
    January 30, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Get organised Kids sleep patterns and getting ready Days in advanced as coming of Holiday mode is always hard so they can hit the ground running

  • Theoni Versace
    January 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Wear school shoes, for a couple of hours each day, one week before school. This means they will be worn in and comfortable on the first day!

  • Laura Scriven
    January 30, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Write a list and check it twice,
    Then the experience will be nice!

  • Melissa Edwards
    January 30, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Be organized and be positive about school, work with the teachers as a team!

  • Tracey Taylor
    January 30, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Drop and Kiss.Leave the professionals to do their job.

  • Ashley Beech
    January 30, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Get the kids back into routine 2 weeks before school starts; that way you’re not stuck pulling a late one the first day back.

  • Jill-Anne
    January 30, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Clothes set out, lunches prepared where possible night before. Posted checklists for all, grown-ups too! Magnetic fridge wipe on/off calendar for appointments.

  • David Braybrooke
    January 30, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Allow each child one ‘unhealthy’ treat per week in their lunchbox. Choc, chips, lollies, and mark off the selection on a special calendar. Saves arguments!

  • faye
    January 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Sort out the kids’ uniforms early. Knowing their clothes and shoes plus bags are ready is great for one’s ‘calmness’!

  • Becky Downey
    January 29, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    If you find good school shoes – buy all the sizes ahead. You know you won’t find what you want when you do need them!

  • Rowena McCarthy
    January 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Bed early so there up early so they will be ready and organised!!

  • Elisabeth Martins
    January 29, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Kid bedtimes can look more like a grown-up’s in the summer. Gradually move up bedtime to get your kids back on their school sleep schedule a couple of weeks before the first day.

  • Kylie D
    January 29, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I like to be organised and have uniforms ordered at the end of the year, new lunch boxes ordered before Christmas and stationery packs finalised the first week of January but…… a friend realised this morning she hadn’t bought stationery and still managed to have it all bought by 10am!

    My best tip therefore would be to chill out and enjoy the school holidays as much as possible, it’s over all too soon.

  • ange
    January 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Get the kids involved in what they eat by going through the things that they can have in their lunchboxes

  • Sarah M
    January 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Order all of the kids’ booklist items online as soon as the list is sent home – cheaper and easier than fighting everyone in the shops in January!

  • Rebecca
    January 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Be prepared and enjoy watching your children grow and learn!

  • Bella Ri
    January 29, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Set up lunch boxes the night before, label all belongings, organise all books and stationery the week before the big day!

  • julie
    January 29, 2017 at 9:17 am

    we do a practise day,put on uniform, have a picnic with new lunch box and drinkbottles, pack school bag, ready for the big day ahead

  • Tabatha Voss
    January 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

    You know it’s going to happen,so stop avoiding what you need to do

  • sarah fairley
    January 29, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Be disciplined……do the preparation the night before so the morning goes smoothly

  • cheryl ellis
    January 29, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Being organised Make sure everyone gets a good night sleep healthy snacks and lunch and always lots of encouragement

  • Kelly Ryan
    January 29, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Start early to allow for delays, or when things need to be specially ordered in.

  • Melinda Bolitho
    January 29, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Cook & Freeze.
    Plenty of bandaids for scratched knees.
    Cuddles and kisses on the first day.
    They’re just kids – let them play!

  • Jenna
    January 28, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Despite all the stress, enjoy it. Because before you know it, the kids will be all grown up. Time flies.

  • Nat Hallett
    January 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Practice the “this is how you take your jumper off, and this is how you put it in your school bag”… over and over and over again.
    Or expect it to vanish into thin air!!!

  • Vivian Di Biasi
    January 28, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Get as much things organised the night before, so your busy mornings will run smoothly.

  • ashna
    January 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Label everything!!! No further explanation needed!

  • Shannon Wotton
    January 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I make the kids a morning to-do checklist each so that they know exactly what they need to do to get ready for school each morning. This way they can work through their list and check off each job (have breakfast, get dressed, brush hair, brush teeth, wash face, go to the toilet etc..) and once they are done they can watch a bit of TV or play iPad before school. They get ready much more quickly if it means more TV or IPad time too!

  • Madonna
    January 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Top tip for going back to school is wear school shoes to school; the whole class will remember if you wear slippers!

  • Linda S
    January 28, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Plan some early morning outings the week prior so you call get used to early starts again!

  • Jen McKay
    January 28, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Shop together – my girls are always excited to go back to school as they can’t wait to use new belongings that they have chosen themselves.

  • Leanne Christine White
    January 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Do a dry run…if they are a bit concerned about the whole process, organise a day where they get up in the morning, put on their uniform, pack their bags and walk or drive to school!

  • Josephine Hellings
    January 28, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Make it fun for your kids by contacting their books and engraving their names into their pencils.

  • Rebecca Carpenter
    January 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Just play it cool. Be the “Cool” Mum!

  • Chrissy Roberts
    January 27, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Planning. Don’t leave it all to the last minute. Make a list and go do it. It’s better to spend a bit more before it all goes on special than to miss out on some of the things you need because you waited and now they are gone.

  • Sarah Miller
    January 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Busy mums use Frixion pens
    But there’s one thing we can’t erase.
    To be late, first day! So a practice run,
    Will win the morning race.

  • Deanne Deluca
    January 27, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Freeze all the lunches up for the week and label everything so it isn’t lost or stolen.

  • Sharon M
    January 26, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    For children who are anxious about returning after school holidays, let them know you are a phone call away and can chat anytime they like (not during class of course!!!!!!) After the first day back, they are all good but just knowing they have the option to talk to you puts their mind at rest and they can get on with the term 🙂

  • Helen
    January 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Schoolwork writing,
    Frixion has the arty products
    I Adore!
    So make your kids the luckiest in town
    Especially with Frixion around!

  • Nicole Walton
    January 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Get uniforms and shoes all ready the night before and place them out waiting. Saves so much time in the morning

  • Lauren williams
    January 26, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I love to swap recipes with all my friends,
    for perfect school time snacks,
    if u just use ur network of friends,
    they give you all the necessary life hacks!!!!

  • Cassy26
    January 26, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Make sure you have a reusable lunchbox iceblock. The start of the school year is hot, so its important to keep you childs lunch fresh and safe until lunchtime 🙂

  • Daniela Barbaro
    January 25, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I have all School things out night before,most lunch packed before hand then all is left is to make a sandwich

  • Trudy
    January 24, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Have lots of cooked snacks made and kept in the freezer ready for their lunches.

  • JO
    January 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Choose a school bag that is kind to your little ones back. One with two straps that will evenly distribute the weight of their gear.

  • Sacha Pech
    January 24, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Meal plans for lunchboxes! I have a 4 week rotation (so they don’t get bored) and I get them involved in packing/ making lunches.

  • Emma
    January 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Take a photo (a few days earlier!) of your kids dressed in uniform with their future occupation signposted underneath. Makes a fantastic annual momento!

  • Malena
    January 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Set alarms for “wake up” a week before school starts. So the kiddies body clocks get re-adjusted.

  • Belinda Moxey
    January 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Get everything ready the night before, school bags, school lunches, school clothes, work clothes, work lunch, work bag.
    The more organised you are before the day starts the better

  • Polly
    January 23, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Label it all!
    From clothing, to pencils, drink bottles and lunch boxes too.
    Items are less likely to get lost and can be easily identified.

  • Kristina S
    January 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Start school bedtimes at least a week early so they get back into the groove. I actually am a bit mean and wake them earlier so they will be ready for bed.

  • Renee Ballantyne
    January 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Take advantage of the discounted early ordering deals usually given to you by the school in December with your book list

  • Sharon Markwell
    January 22, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Pilot your way through the sales. I usually buy a year ahead for some items like exercise books.

  • Bryan Rigby-Roberts
    January 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Make up the first week’s sandwiches with freezer-stable ingredients, wrap individually, and freeze. Then packing lunch will be a doddle each morning, AND it will stay cool until lunch!

  • Kathleen
    January 21, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Help little ones establish a morning and bedtime schedule with an illustrated checklist.

  • Shannon Parr
    January 21, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Make the last week of the holidays uneventful and practical to make even them want to go back to school.

  • colin burt
    January 21, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Everything in one, all together and easy to grab, quality and efficiency that’s what I need when organising for start of school.

  • Jessica O
    January 21, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Get everything prepared the night before,
    In time it won’t be a chore,
    When your kids move quickly out the door,
    To learn some more!

  • Vanda Bacich
    January 20, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Try not to show too much excitement in front of the kids. Save the big WHOOHOO until after you drop them off.

  • Irena
    January 20, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Buy school shoes one size up when they are on sale… when your kids tell you their shoes are too small, you already have them!

  • Jessica
    January 20, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Prepare everything the night before,
    In time it won’t be a chore,
    When they are quicker out the door,
    Just in time to learn more!

  • Jessica
    January 20, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Prepare everything you need the night before,
    In time it won’t become a chore,
    When your kids are quickly out the door,
    In the new year they’ll learn so much more!

  • Donna Dwyer
    January 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Buy good quality stationery, nothing worse than having pencils that break and pens that stop working!!

  • Amanda
    January 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Have the camera ready………its these types of moments that go too fast!

  • Joanna Harrison
    January 18, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Make sure kids are used to waking up with plenty of time to get ready; there’s nothing worse than a rushed morning where you’ve forgotten to pack your lunch 🙂

  • Hailey Smith
    January 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Find where stock the removable covers. No more contacting and they can change books and use the same cover, as long as its still in good condition

  • Kathleen
    January 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Take inventory of what you have. It can be quite an eye-opener when you realize how many school supplies are already around your home.

  • Abba Flores
    January 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Mark all school and after school activities in your calendar and prepare for them if you can ahead of time.

  • hayley shaw
    January 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Get prepared all year round! spending $5 or $10 each week on school supplies makes it so much easier in feb

  • hayley shaw
    January 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Get prepared all year round! spending $5 or $10 each week on school supplies muchs it so much easier in feb

  • Sarahmary
    January 15, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Getting the kids involved in everything from helping cover books, to choosing a lunchbox menu and helping cook too. It gets them excited.

  • Amelia
    January 14, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Get little ones to recognise their bag, pencil case, drink bottle by using them in the holidays. Lower the lost property stresses!

  • sam G
    January 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

    always make a list, be prepared and shop early before the chaos

  • David Braybrooke
    January 14, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Have uniforms and school equipment all prepared and labelled a week before school resumes. Last week: relax, do nothing, have fun. Stress buster!!

  • Aleisha Sullivan
    January 13, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Buy everything you can when it’s cheap and make sure they get enough sleep!

  • Amelia
    January 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Don’t freak out. Be calm. The more stressed you are the more stressed your kids are, don’t worry so much, its going to be all right.

  • Tracy R
    January 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Always check Gumtree and Ebay for cheap prices to buy school books/ clothes

  • Tracy
    January 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Pack all their things needed for the first day of school in the bag – make sure that they like their lunch

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  • Myla
    January 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Check uniforms if they still fit. Check socks and bags. Check friends who have older kids for outgrown uniforms. Then shop for the necessary.

  • Gary Wood
    January 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    For primary schooling i recommended either buying the required book-list items from the schools book pack program or putting the list in to the local newsagent for them to complete & pick up later – Why? because 90% of items required will most certainly need to be purchased via a newsagent anyway…

  • Ali
    January 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Salvage what you can: a new year does not mean you have to buy everything brand new. Don’t add to landfill for the sake of it!

  • Carol Philps
    January 12, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I check all the back to school catalogues for the best prices for school supplies and school shoes early January

  • Jade O
    January 12, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Purchase supplies all through the year when on sale and put them away, come back to school time you’ll have most of it.

  • Louisa Frail
    January 12, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Buy in bulk not only does it save you money it also saves the hassles of kids needing something at the last minute.

  • Alicia Bardsley
    January 12, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Make a list with the kids’ help a few weeks before school starts and get everybody to help you get organised.

  • Justine Drake
    January 12, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Have everything for the first week pre-prepared,
    so when your running late,
    all you have to do is worry about their hair!!

  • Melissa D
    January 11, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Do alot of the preparation work and uniforms the night before so you are not rushing in the morning and you can enjoy it 🙂

  • Sapna
    January 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Buy quality lunchboxes for packet – free lunches,looks expensive but can be reused next year & this year’s lunchbox won’t end in landfill next year.

  • Anastasia Xynos
    January 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Label everything and I mean EVERYTHING

  • Nicole Kent
    January 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Get organised early for those must have bits
    And do a big batch of cooking for when lunches hit!

  • sonya
    January 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

    This is from experience… make sure you check your child hasn’t grown out of their school uniform before school starts! My daughter grew so much in just those 6 weeks holidays that her dress was way too short the first day back!

  • Bill
    January 11, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Before shopping make a list of what is needed and don’t leAve it until the last minute so you don’t get flustered really would love to win this fingers and toes crossed xxxxx

    January 10, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    This is going to sound like bad parenting, but do leave things until the last minute. Everything from shoes to stationery are on sale then!!!!!!!!!

  • Ern
    January 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Slightly older friends and cousins are an amazing source for hand me down books, and uniforms!! So keep in tight with them.

  • Ryan
    January 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    A few spelling, maths test at home the week before going back so that they don’t start back at school a bit rusty.

  • Teena Lewis
    January 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Book covers are a life savers, no more spending hours contacting all their books, love them!

  • Kasey Evans
    January 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Recycle ♻️ most often kids items are still in great shape and you can save heaps just like the plastic book covers I reuse each year.

  • cindy
    January 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Go bright and cheery with covers, books, pens, pencils and some great handy things like bulldog clips to make learning easier and more exciting.

  • Genevieve French
    January 10, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Create a budget, and separate it by ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. Don’t just go out and start shopping, or you will spend too much on emotional purchases. You add in the ‘I wants,’ and you double your spending.

  • Cath B
    January 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

    When the kids book list are received, they’re dropped into Officeworks immediately, convenience and reasonable price are king!

  • Rachel K-N
    January 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Involve them; look at school catalogues together. They pick items then go shopping. Talk up new friends, teachers, exciting new learning, pick colourful book coverings.

  • Kylie Embury
    January 10, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I shop when everything is reduced – stationery, lunch boxes, socks etc and also use local buy and sell pages for clothing and text books.