With one daughter well into high school it won’t be long before we are preparing to launch her to university or college. Like many parents we want the best for our kids. And no matter how old your kids get, you never stop being their mom or dad. So naturally, when that bittersweet milestone finally becomes a reality we will be sure to equip her with several essentials and a student care package to help everyone here sleep better at night.
After all it takes more than books and money to succeed as a young adult living independently. There are some life skills that are vital for your students too. Laundry, banking and even healthy relationships take work.
I have a bit more work to do on the laundry game and the cooking one too. But when my older daughter leaves for university in a couple of years, when she is ready, and not a moment before, then I will send her with a bundle of essentials I think matter as much as a cell phone, or a bank transfer.
HYGIENE is important and you can’t have good hygiene without clean clothing!
Stain removers, sorting and scooping are 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 class or 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 safe sex. While it can be uncomfortable, it’s a necessary conversation and part of life. Right now my kids hear a lot about abstinence. I am all for that of course as a parent. But, I was also a teen and I went to university and I am a realist.
The harsh reality is that kids are having sex, yet not properly protecting themselves.  In fact, a studya 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.
EASY Beauty hacks
One must-have item for 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. My teen has been using this for a few years now. IT is a lifesaver and a timesaver. Running late for class? No time to shampoo your hair? Reach for Batiste.
Batiste works by absorbing excess oil from the roots leaving hair looking clean and fresh. Running late or just looking for an instant refresh? New Batiste Dry Shampoo Heavenly Volume 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. Find it in convenient purse sizes at your drug store too.
Know of someone heading off to college/university this Fall? Help make sure they’re equipped with this student care package giveaway.
*Batiste is sold in over 50 countries.
I have a giveaway for one lucky Canadian reader.
*STUDENT CARE PACKAGE GIVEAWAY*
- 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
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