Starting School


Tips to ensure sending the kids back to school won't break the bank.

Keeping back to school costs under control

Coming off the back of Christmas and the summer holidays, the costs of getting the kids back to school can be the financial equivalent of the last straw. Here is how to cut the costs.

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Teach your kids to tie their shoelaces

Tying your shoe lace is something most us don’t have to take a second thought about, but for little fingers fastening their shoes can take a little time to master.

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Lunchbox slices, biscuits, cookies

What can I bake for the kids school playlunch? Looking for a little sweet treat for after school snack? Here is a collection of yummy bickies, cookies, slices to pop into their lunchboxes.

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Lunchbox muffins

Looking for lunchbox ideas? Here is our collection of tasty muffins that can be prepared ahead, frozen and ready to pop into the lunchbox each day. There is a flavour here that is sure to suit every kid.

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Lunchbox savory snacks and slices

I need some savory ideas for the kids lunchbox. Here we have pulled together a list of recipes on Essential Kids that might make a great savory snack or lunch. Also a great idea for the after school snack if you are wishing to steer away from the sweet stuff.

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What to do when you don't approve of your child's friend.

When your child's friends are bad news

The age-old saying goes ‘You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family’. But when you are a child, does that rule still apply? Or is it the case that your family have the right to choose your friends?

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