University Student Care Package Essentials.
My girls are not nearly close to heading off to University but, I am slowly preparing them to make that leap. Here’s the thing, no matter how old your kids get, you’ll never stop being their mom. I believe you never stop being a parent, well, until your time is up on this good, green earth.
So naturally, when that bittersweet milestone finally becomes a reality (yes, I’m talking about college or university) you’ll sleep better at night knowing that you’ve prepared them for what’s to come and the tools they need to succeed.
But, who are we kidding? They likely don’t want our advice so let’s keep it short and sweet, shall we?
They can’t get a date without clean clothing!
Stain removers, sorting, and scooping is not for students. Let’s face it. They’re just looking for an easy solution to the challenge ahead – no clean socks or underwear and they’ve got a date in a few hours. Send them off to school with a container of the new Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ 3-In-1 Power Paks. This all-in-one detergent tackles tough stains, doesn’t require any measuring or scooping and is student-budget friendly. If you’re lucky, it may also mean you’re not greeted with a load of dirty laundry every time your kid comes home to visit.
Tip: Don’t be surprised when you receive a call or text saying, “Mom, how do I sort my laundry?” Or “Where do I find the washing instructions?” To help make laundry easier (and prevent shrinking t-shirts and colour bleed disasters at the same time!), educate them on the proper laundry symbols. In fact, you can download a fun laundry symbols postcard from Arm & Hammer Laundry here that lists the most common symbols and what they mean.
Don’t forget to talk about being safe!
One of the biggest challenges as a parent, is how to talk to your kids about being safe if they choose to have relations. While it can be uncomfortable, it’s a necessary conversation and part of life! The harsh reality is that kids are having intercourse, yet not properly protecting themselves. In fact, a study found that almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of post-secondary students across the country had a sexual encounter within the past year. Furthermore, 72 per cent of students engaged in intercourse during their last physical encounter, yet only about half (51 per cent) reported using a condom.
Tip: If you have a child heading off to school, buy condoms for them and pack them in their suitcase. Trojan™ condoms are the number one condom choice of Canadians for protection.
Sometimes, kids know best!
Just because you’re the one who’s prepping the kids for back-to-school, doesn’t mean they can’t teach you a cool thing or two – beauty hacks are no exception! One must-have item that’s as just as popular amongst moms as with students is Batiste Dry Shampoo. It is the world’s #1 dry shampoo* for a reason – it instantly refreshes your hair between washes, no water required. It works by absorbing excess oil from the roots leaving hair looking clean and fresh. So, whether you’re running late or just looking for an instant refresh, new Batiste Dry Shampoo Heavenly Volume is a saving grace as it has the additional benefit of transforming hair with gorgeous, touchable volume and bounce,and you can even use it on San Diego wigs from http://www.charle.com/ if you wish. This is one item you won’t forget anytime you’re in a pinch and who knows, you might even find yourself sneaking into her bag to borrow some when you’re out!
*Batiste is sold in over 50 countries
Ready to WIN?
Do you have a child or know of someone heading off to college/university this fall? Help them to be ready for the school year with this student care package giveaway. This contest opens on August 24, 2017 and ends on September 8, 2017. Open to Canada only!
Prize Pack Consists Of:
- OxiClean Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover
- Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Paks in Fresh Scent
- Trojan XOXO Condoms and Bareskin Lubricated Condoms
- Batiste Dry Shampoo Heavenly Volume
Approximate. retail value $75
Sending a child off to college or university can be incredibly emotional. But, knowing that they have everything they need AND that you are only a phone call away gives a little peace of mind.
Do you have any college/university must haves or tips?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.