Mom Knows Best! {Giveaway}

No matter how old your kids get, you’ll never stop being their mom. So naturally, when that bittersweet milestone finally becomes a reality (yes, I’m talking about college or university) you’ll sleep better at night knowing that you’ve equipped them with the tools and the learnings they need to succeed.


Who’s kidding whom? They likely don’t want our advice so keep it short and sweet.


They can’t get a date 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 clothes 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.


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! The harsh reality is that kids are having sex, yet not always properly protecting themselves. 

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.


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

Open to Canada only, enter below

The products mentioned above were provided free of charge. Regardless, I was not obligated to feature this item and all opinions expressed belong to Mom vs. the Boys and are not influenced in any way.


  1. Brenda Penton says:

    I get a mixture of both. Happy that they are with their pals again but sad when I think of having to deal with school work, lunches, and mornings.

  2. It has been many years since mine went to school but I am a little sad to see my grandson starting school already.

  3. kathy downey says:

    I can’t wait for the kids to get back to school !

  4. I get very excited to send the kids to school. I like the peace and quite LOL

  5. Lynda Cook says:

    At the beginning I was so sad but then as the years go on I couldn’t wait for the beginning of school!!

  6. I have mixed feelings. It’s nice to get back to the routines that school brings but I miss the freedom that summer allows us to travel and experience new things.

  7. A little of both, but mostly sad that summer is ending!

  8. Tammy Dalley says:

    I am sad not ready to send them back yet! Summer was too short

  9. It is a combination of both. I like getting back to a routine and yet it is sad summer is over.

  10. I use to have mix feeling, but I’m excited for my granddaughter! She loves school but yes summer was short.

  11. I don’t have kids but I was always a little sad as a child having to go back after Labour Day.

  12. I get a mix of both. My youngest is now entering high school!

  13. Erin McSweeney says:

    excited over all…but sad the easy summer days are over

  14. Deborah D says:

    Little sad and a little happy

  15. Wendy hutton says:

    I don’t have kids but when mine were young I was excited but so were they so see their friends again

  16. I am excited for them, but I do miss having them around.

  17. Jennifer P. says:

    I get sad to send my kids back to school – I love having them at home, and we have so much fun when we’re on a school break!

  18. I get excited. They’re tiring. Thank God for teachers

  19. I get excited because they like going back!

  20. Robin Abrams says:

    A combination I miss them when they are gone. But I am excited for them to meet up with their school friends again

  21. Celeste Herrin says:

    I’m sad. He hates it and I do too 🙁 It would be easier if he were excited though. All their rules make me crazy. Some do not make any sense at all and we wait in a line that we are trapped in for an hour to pick him up! It’s nuts!

  22. Allyson Tice says:

    I get excited!! i love the routine of getting and homework. it just makes life so much easier! and my kiddos like the structure!

  23. I am a mixture of both. My only child starts kindergarten this year. I love having him home with me but he needs to be able to socialize with other kids his age as well.

  24. mostly excited for back to school

  25. Elaine Beierbach says:

    Kids grow up so fat. By grade 1 – 1/3 of their life at home is one. After grade 6 – 6 years remain. And if it is the youngest child – the empty nest syndrome glares at you along with their graduation.

  26. Carey Hurst says:

    I am a homeschool mom , so we are very lax so I have no feelings lol . He is not yet 6 when school is mandatory so we have been learning very successfully through play for the the last few years. I look forward to it because we can go to parks and be the only people there when everyone else is back in school .

  27. Heather Ritz says:

    I was excited

  28. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    No I never did get excited about the kids going back to school, I loved having them at home. There was always a ton of homework in school!

  29. Carol Denny says:

    I was a little sad

  30. Ashleigh Swerdfeger says:

    I am both excited to see my son return but I am definitely going to miss him.

  31. Rosanne Robinson says:

    I have mixed feelings for my grandson going back to school. He’s stayed with us for 3 weeks since the summer break started, so we’ve had a lot of fun with him. He loves going to school and is looking forward to going back.

  32. I am excited but also a bit sad

  33. Jeannie Lam says:

    I think I am a mix of both. I am excited because I can get stuff done, but I’m sad because there are times that I truly miss them.

  34. I love school and back to school

  35. A bit of both. Glad that things are back on a routine, but sad that there less time to do things.

  36. No kids going back to school here. So there’s no sadness or anxiety.

  37. Dianne G. says:

    I used to have mixed feelings when the kids went back to school. I was happy that they got to go see all their friends each day but I also missed having them home. Once I returned to work I was happier when they went back as I was so busy.

  38. I was always happy to go back to school and so I’m happy when he goes back too!

  39. I am a babysitting Grandparent, I am glad that they are going back to school as the kids are getting very bored being at home!

  40. Judy Cowan says:

    A bit of both. Often by this time of summer they are getting bored so it is good to see them go back and have something new to do but sad because it means summer is over.

  41. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    Oh excited all us mom’s all go out for breakfast and celebrate every year. lol

  42. I’m a little sad to send my kids off to school I enjoyed not having to pack a lunch for them during the summer months!

  43. Kim Tanti says:

    I get sad. I love having my daughter around but this summer she has been working at her first job so I have missed her.

  44. Tara Betterley says:

    I have mixed emotions.. I hate sending them back as I know they are getting older (my son goes to college next year! Yikes) but, at the same time happy because they are actually doing something rather than sitting in the house doing nothing.

  45. Amy Heffernan says:

    Sad! I like sleeping in and staying up late!

  46. Wendy Jensen says:

    Yes, I get excited because they are excited.

  47. Marilyn Legault says:

    A little bit sad, but more excited to shop without kids.

  48. I have mixed emotions. I feel like its another birthday as they seem to mature over the summer. Excited for them to meet new friends and connect with old friends. On the other hand I enjoy my personal time.

  49. It’s always a bit of both happy & sad!

  50. Gillian Morgan says:

    A little bit of both. Ill be happy just to get back into a routine and an earlier bedtime.

  51. Karin Dollery says:

    I am so happy my 2 granddaughters are in school now however I do miss them when they are gone. Im still on the fence about this lol

  52. Dawn gordon says:

    Mixture of both

    But mainly back to school to change some sleeping situations occurring

  53. Marilyn Nawara says:

    I would get excited. I like to get back on schedule and have them in school during the day.

  54. I am excited because I want them to feel happy about the experience.

  55. SweetPanda says:

    I get excited to send them back to school since I would love to get the regular routine back again

  56. Yes excited. Wish I was going back to school, loved that time of year when I was young.

  57. loucheryl says:

    I’m sad because my youngest starts JK this year. My last one out of the house. I’ve had a little one home with me for almost 8 years now and as of September 5th, I’ll be alone for the first time. I’m getting really anxious about it. Feels weird.

  58. My girls start middle school this year so I am a little bereft. Where did the time go?

  59. Treen Goodwin says:

    I am a little bit of both , happy for them to go but sad they are off to learn and make great memories 🙂

  60. Mishelle Greening says:

    I get excited – I go back to a routine which is something I like BUT making school lunches?!?!?!? Oh I hate that.


  61. Florence Cochrane says:

    Back to school means routine. That is not so bad.

  62. elizabeth miller says:

    I get a little of both. I get happy because I work from home so I can do it uninterrupted when school is in, howeber, honestly, I really, really like my daughter being home with me.

  63. Elaine Buonsante says:

    September has always an exciting time for me…it’s a new beginning. Growing up, I loved school. As a parent now it has taken time for my insight to grow for those children who feel differently about the start of school.

  64. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I get excited. All the new supplies and clothes make me think of new starts.

  65. Kelli Kane says:

    I am outwardly happy but inwardly sad for back to school. I get excited because my son gets excited, but I’m always a little sad that another year has passed and he is growing bigger! I also get mixed emotions because it reminds me of when I was a kid and would look forward to new supplies and a few new clothes and how all those years have passed by so quickly! Good memories and the prospect of good memories to come 🙂

  66. Brandee H says:

    Definitely both. My son’s teacher next year is amazing! I am excited for all that he will learn and all of his new experiences. But I do miss him and all the fun we have in the summer!

  67. definitely happy, back to routine and learning

  68. ivy pluchinsky says:

    A little sad because that means summer is over, but also a bit excited so I can have a break lol

  69. I am both excited and sad at the same time.

  70. My daughter’s starting kindergarten, so I’m super sad. I’m not ready but she sure is!

  71. Marlene J says:

    Well, it’s alittle bit of both. Spending the summer with the kids is so much fun & much more easier than when school starts.

  72. nicolthepickle says:

    We’re pretty excited, although I have to be more organized.

  73. I’m sad to send them back to school. I’m not excited for summer to end and so not ready to make those lunches again

  74. It’s always kinda sad but exciting too…

  75. I feel sad, summer is almost over!

  76. Back to school is exciting time so its a bit of both

  77. Nicole Jubleew says:

    A little of both. Happy that they are leaning new things but miss the extended family time.

  78. Sooooo excited!

  79. I loove back to school season!

  80. I am sad

  81. Kelley Moore says:

    I get a mixture of both. I love the peace and quiet when they are in school but I hate the craziness school mornings bring

  82. Tainan Lu says:

    I get very excited to send the kids to school.

  83. I get excited

  84. Jenny Major says:

    I get very excited to send the kids to school

  85. Holly MacRitchie says:

    I get excited to send my kids back to school!

  86. caroline m. says:

    I’m excited that my son is starting 1st graded , but sad that he is growing up so quickly.

  87. both – will miss them and yet know they will have great adventures in the coming year. thanks

  88. Karla Sceviour says:

    My son finished grade 12 last year,so will be having mixed feelings this year,when I don“t have anyone to send out the door to school!

  89. Linda Svarovsky says:

    It is exciting when they go back to school.

  90. Sab Edwards says:

    Totally excited. My daughter always looks forward to school (she’s the type that never misses a day ) while my son hated school and left as late as possible to get to the school (but on time still)


  92. Caryn Coates says:

    I love school but I miss them when they are gone and just want them home with me

  93. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I am excited for them. They enjoy school so much.

  94. Sandra McG says:

    I get mostly sad. I am glad to have them back with their school friends, but I miss our time together so much!

  95. I’m happy for them to go back to school. And they are too. It feels like a new start.

  96. Charlene Lucas says:

    I’m always happy to get back into a routine with the entire family but its always sad that the carefree days of summer are over!

  97. I get excited! I love seeing all the great sales & it’s fun to pick up enough new stationary items to last all year!

  98. I get excited. New beginnings is always a good thing.

  99. lori butler says:

    I have mixed feelings as I do and don’t. I will be lonely during the days I think, at least for a bit.

  100. It’s definitely an exciting time.

  101. Juliee Fitze says:

    I can’t wait for school to start..

  102. I teach them, so it’s exciting.

  103. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I feel a little bit of both

  104. Sad because I’m off to school too!

  105. I get excited, its great to see them so excited.

  106. A little bit of both honestly. I’m mostly ready, they are mostly ready but it’s sad to see summer come to an end.

  107. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I made a copy of that list as I didn’t know half of them!

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