I do love the thought of going back to school, but there are a few drawbacks to the back to school season. The lack of summer freedom and the reality of routines and homework all starts to set in during the month of September.
Summer has come with its fair share of grass stained baseball uniforms, chlorinated swim suits and towels, but soon gym clothes, hockey jerseys and cross country gear will take over – big time. These athletic items are pricey and it’s important to care for them properly.
I try to encourage my three to take care of their gear by:
Step 1: beg and plead with your kids to treat these items with care (good luck!).
Step 2: Equip yourself with a killer laundry arsenal that’s always at your fingertips. For example, stock up on OxiClean™ Colour Shield Liquid Laundry Stain Remover, it keeps colours looking their brightest. And OxiClean™ White Revive™ Stain Remover Powder has your whites covered as it’s specially formulated to maintain whites – without chlorine bleach! For inevitable stains, turn to OxiClean™ Laundry Stain Remover Spray and OxiClean™ Max Force™ Gel Stick to pre-treat in advance of your next laundry day.
Most of the begging and pleading has helped keep the gear usable for at least one season. My children attend an athletic school, with a focus on physical literacy and balanced learning. There are very few dress up days for my three children, instead, they have wardrobes are filled with sweatshirts, athletic pants, and t-shirts.
This September, I will be coaching a PeeWee hockey team in my community, organizing the Terry Fox Run at my school and attempting to keep some Mom-specific physical activity in my life. Whether you’re back at the office and adjusting to sitting at a desk all day or you’re just trying to keep up with your kids, topical pain relievers such as RUB·A535™ Extra Strength Heating Cream are essential to have on hand for those muscle aches and pains. It delivers fast-acting, warm, penetrating relief of muscle, joint, back and arthritic pain. I keep RUB·A535™ in my desk, hockey bag and in my car just in case I need a little bit of relief from the extra physical & athletic activities I will be participating in this fall.
The kids and I struggle with the balance eating healthy, attending athletic events and being back to school. When I make brushing fun, my kids will want to brush their teeth and actually argue about who gets to use the toothpaste. My three love the novelty of the moving brush head on Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Kids Battery Toothbrush and designs such as My Little Pony™ and Paw Patrol™. We keep an extra toothbrush & toothpaste in Beckett’s hockey bag, Andie’s gymnastics bag and KT’s swim bag. This way when they have a late night game, practice or training session they can brush their teeth in the change room instead of doing it when they get home and are exhausted.
Even thought all of the laundry chores, running from practices and games and hygiene routines seem a bit overwhelming, I do love being back to school and in routine.I am sending love to all the parents who are sending their little ones to school and the big ones off to college. Good Luck!