My kids are a ways away from leaving home to go to college, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about how I can prepare them to be independent out in the world. That’s why I work hard in my parenting to give them what they need to survive emotionally. For everything else they need, it’s just a quick drive over to the store.
You only get one chance to make a first impression!
First impressions are why clean laundry is so important – but kids who have just left home need to be able to keep it simple with a busy schedule. Stain removers, sorting and scooping are not for students. 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. Easy peasy means they can do it all themselves.
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.
Be safe out there!
One of the biggest challenges as a parent is how to talk to your kids about safe sex. While it can be uncomfortable and awkward, it’s a necessary conversation and part of life! The harsh reality is that there are a lot of kids these days who 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.
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. 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!
Know of someone heading off to college/university this Fall? Help make sure they’re equipped with this student care package giveaway.