As my first born prepares to enter high school this fall, I have been thinking about the future a lot more. Specifically how fast it is approaching. It is very hard to believe that in four short years she will be preparing for college or university and not just high school. I can’t even imagine what a mess I will be by then, so I am going to try, very hard, to focus on what lies ahead for us now and not in 1, 459 days.
But, that means I can focus on your kids instead, ha!
If you have children who are heading off to that place of higher learning this week or next, you probably have a dozen lists made of things they need to bring, stuff you want them to know, items they should have, but don’t really care about and most importantly, things you want them to have to make life smoother and even a little safer. AmIrite? But let’s face facts. The last thing your kiddo wants now is a lecture about safe sex or how to keep their whites white, so we will cut to the chase and keep this one short and sweet. 🙂 Feel free to share this post with them.
Even yoga pants and sweats should look good!
You know it and I know it. Your kiddo is probably going to live in, sleep in and go to class in their most comfy clothes, but that doesn’t mean they should slack on keeping them clean! Stain removers, sorting and scooping are not for students. 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. You’re welcome. 🙂
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.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day!
It is the bain of my existence but one fight I will keep on fighting – getting my teen to have some breakfast each day. She says she is not hungry, but we all know how important that first meal is. Your newly minted adult child should as well, but one way to remind them is to send along some delicious Banana Bread Muffins that you made from scratch. They will love having a taste of home and you will feel good knowing they have something in their tummy. ♥
Don’t forget to talk about being safe!
One of the biggest challenges as a parent is how to talk to your kids about safe sex. While it can be uncomfortable, it’s a necessary conversation and part of life! The harsh reality is that kids are having sex, 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 sexual encounter, yet only about half (51 per cent) reported using a condom. In this day and age that is just plain crazy!
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! Heck, my teen is always telling me this. 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.
Tip: Send your daughter to school with a bottle and a new hairbrush, maybe some pretty accessories. She will think of you every time she uses them. 🙂
*Batiste is sold in over 50 countries
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What is one item you think is essential for all adult aged students to have or know before they head off to their place of learning?
**Disclosure: I am a 2017 Church and Dwight Ambassador and have been compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.