Being a hockey mom can be a little intimidating if you have no experience with hockey. When my son wanted to play hockey I was all for it and I wasn’t worried about it because my husband has a great deal of hockey knowledge and experience. We signed him up and took on our volunteer roles, my husband as coach and me as convenor for my son’s league. I knew it was a big role but I have a lot of experience scheduling and organizing people so I knew I could handle it. Then people started coming to me with questions about games. They used terminology I was not familiar with and I realized I was in over my head. It was quite the learning experience!
None of that was as daunting as the first time my husband couldn’t be at one of my son’s games. I panicked! I didn’t know what order the equipment went on, or how to tie his skates in that “perfect” way. I had no idea what he meant when he asked for his socks to be taped. Forget about taping the stick! Thankfully Hockey Dads are a pretty special breed too and there were always a couple of them willing to help until I got the hang of it all.
On March 17th, P&G launched The House that Mom Built website where Canadians can celebrate minor league Hockey Moms, showing the carpool queen, the tournament manager, the official cheerleader and after-game snack maker how important they are by virtually raising their name in the rafters.
As a cheerleader, coach and mom she takes on many roles – even equipment manager – so Tide, Downy, Febreze, Bounty and Puffs are here to help. To help out all athlete moms, P&G created the ultimate tip sheet to take you from the change room to the laundry room at home and help make caring for your athlete a little easier:
- Skates are expensive. To save blades from rusting wipe them down after each and every skate but be careful, they’re sharp. Try using Bounty Duratowels which are tough enough to wipe them off. For efficiency, keep a roll in hockey bags.
- The lingering smell of hockey equipment in the car is only made worse when the heat is turned on high in the winter. To get rid of car odour, try Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener for 30 days of fresh scent.
- Runny nose after being in the cold arena? Coffee spill in the car? You’ll never have to search for a tissue with Puffs Car Cup – tissues specifically designed to fit in the cup holder of your vehicle.
- Jerseys and socks soak up the sweat, snacks, beverages, and worst of all, the odour that comes with being an athlete. To keep their uniform looking bright and smelling fresh, throw them in the washing machine with detergent, specially designed for sportswear. Don’t forget to sprinkle in a little love and lasting scent with Downy Unstopables for freshness that releases as kids move!
- Wet equipment left in a hockey bag after a game or practice is a breeding ground for odour-causing bacteria. To prevent odour, air out all equipment after every practice and game on a drying rack. After taking the equipment out of the bag, try spraying all equipment (even soles inside the skates) with Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength for long lasting freshness. For a safety net, keep the to-go version in your purse for a burst of freshness anytime.
One of my lucky readers will win a P&G Hockey Mom Survival Kit! This giveaway is valued at $40* and will include:
- Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport HE 2.04L Active Fresh Scent – $12.97*
- Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength Original Scent 85 mL To Go – $2.49*
- Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength Original Scent 500 mL – $6.39*
- Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener Linen & Sky 2mL – $3.97*
- Bounty DuraTowels White Paper Towels 2 King Rolls 49 Sheets – $3.47*
- Downy Unstopables 375g – $7.97**
- Puffs Car Cup 32 ply Tissue
*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer.
** Scent & packaging may vary.
Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.