Score Big this Hockey Season with Church and Dwight (Giveaway)

Score Big this Hockey Season with Church and Dwight (Giveaway)

I’m not a hockey mom myself (I’m a cheer mom) but this time of year my Facebook feed is full of posts from my other mom and dad friends about early morning practices, tournaments and all things hockey. Although my little one doesn’t play hockey I do remember those days well from when my older brother was into the sport. It’s a lot of work for both the players and the parents. Between driving your hockey superstar to endless practices, organizing fundraisers and maintaining equipment, there’s no denying that being a hockey parent is a busy – and rewarding – job. The team camaraderie is infectious and seeing your little one’s determination on the ice is priceless.

Here are some ways to prepare for hockey season’s worst, to ensure it’s the best:

1) Develop a routine: Because the hockey season is so busy, establishing a scheduled routine is key. This includes making time for homework between school and practice, ensuring the hockey bag is packed ahead of time and coordinating carpool schedules. Pro tip: create a check-list for your child to follow so they can learn to manage their own time and ensure they’re well prepared to hit the ice.

2) Banish smelly gear: It’s always surprising how such a big smell can come from a small kid! Hockey equipment is bound to collect sweat when your kid is skating their heart off on the ice so make sure you stop odors before they start.  First, air out all equipment after each use.  Do not – I repeat, do not – leave everything in a zipped up hockey bag! Second, regularly wash items that can be machine washed. Pro tip: Use a detergent that’s up to the challenge such as OxiCleanTM HD Liquid Laundry Detergent and Arm & HammerTM Plus OxiCleanTM Cold Water Power Paks – they are the go-to favourites of many a hockey parent!

3) Maintain a positive attitude: The number one goal (pun intended!) for your child during hockey season should be to have fun. Whether it’s a “win” or “lose” in the end, each game teaches your child how to work as a team and participate in friendly competition. These important life values are the true prize at the end of the season!

4) Get to know your fellow hockey parents: Creating a network of other parents can add a fun social element to the experience for you. Plus, it’s a great way to stay connected and easily be able to coordinate carpools and call-in a last minute favour if you can’t make a practice.

5) Make some memories: Your before hockey advice and after hockey breakfast runs are the stuff memories are made of. Pro Tip: Create a pre or post hockey tradition for you and your son or daughter to share!

What are your tips for surviving the hockey season?

Enter to win!

To help ensure you’re hockey ready, Church & Dwight is giving away some great hockey season essentials for at home and on the road games. One lucky reader will win:

  • OxiCleanTM HD Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Arm & HammerTM Plus OxiCleanTM Cold Water Power Paks
  • Arm & HammerTM Baking Soda
  • Arm & HammerTM SpinbrushTM battery powered toothbrush The Ultimate Spider-Man TM
  • OrajelTM Spider-ManTM Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste

Enter using the form below. Giveaway open to Canadian residents (except Quebec) age 18 and over. Good luck and happy hockey season!

 

This article has 46 comments

  1. My best tip is being organized. Make sure you know where you need to be and when. Also, make sure you air out the equipment after every use.. It is very stinky… lol

  2. Lots of coffee! Lol 

  3. I don't have kids in hockey, but when my sister did, she always brought something with her to keep her busy while the kids were on the ice. So bring a book and lots of coffee 🙂

  4. Lots and lots of coffee would get me through Hockey Season! lol

  5. pack snacks and lots of coffee to be ready on the go

  6. Lots of Tim Hortons coffee! lol

  7. Make sure to have lots of meals ready and make your slow cooker your best friend so the meal is done and everyone can have a bite before running out the door!!

  8. Stephanie LaPlante
    Sunday 23 October 2016, 9:56 am

    Take your vitamins, get your flu shot and keep warm!

  9. Go to bed early, get up early and get there in lots of time to let your Hockey player dress himself…sooner or later they need to do it on their own. 🙂

  10. My best tip is to stay organized. Keep gear and supplies in one place so everyone knows where they are.

  11. My best tip for hockey season is getting a coffee maker with a timer that can start the coffee while you're still in bed!

  12. I don't and never had kids in hockey, so I don't have any tips. My hockey is Saturday night in front of the TV with a hot cup of cocoa.

  13. Lots of Tim Horton Coffee, especially for thos early morning practice!

  14. Day Planner to help stay organized and on top of all the practices/games.

  15. It would be great to win this
    Church & Dwight Hockey Ready Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    What is your best tip for surviving the hockey season?
    My best tip is to make sure you keep track of your child's hockey schedule
    so you are always on time for a game or practice
    and make sure their equipment is in good shape.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  16. I imagine lots of coffee would be a must! And warm clothes!

  17. Get everything organized the night before.

  18. Make sure to wear you wool socks. BRRR those arenas get so cold!

  19. Keeping lots of snacks in the car. Thermos' of hot chocolate and coffee.

  20. My best tip is to bring snacks and a warm blanket.

  21. Best tip is to write all the games on the calendar.

  22. Get packed the night before.

  23. get a good coffee mug for the early mornings 🙂

  24. Make sure everyone,including yourself s getting enough sleep,and dress WARM!!

  25. Make sure you have lots of coffee.

  26. Dont' forget the hot chocolate and warm mittens for the arena!!

  27. Coffee, mini mitts and granola bars in the glove box for the ride home! kids are always hungry.

  28. Coffeee coffee coffee!!!! LOTS!

  29. Buy a good pair of long johns for early mornings in cold rinks.

  30. My tip is for busy hockey nights, use your slow cooker or prepare freezer meals in advance that can be popped into the oven.

  31. Coffee and a seat Warner

  32. Make sure my husband has his tv working in the basement lol

  33. be organized .

  34. Make snacks and breakfasts that can be taken on the go!

  35. Definitely lots of coffee. And keep a schedule 🙂

  36. Always have a thermos of coffee for yourself and snacks for the kids.

  37. Prepare meals the night before and do extra to freeze for another time.

  38. I survive the holiday season by leaving the country! Except this year I won't be so lucky so I'm reading all the comments!

    Besos Sarah

  39. Have lots of water/coffee and snacks on hand.

  40. Bundle up would be my tip

  41. Dress warm and drink lots of coffee

  42. Better get plenty of rest and a good nights sleep for those early morning hockey practices!

  43. I like to make pre paid breakfast sandwhiches, easy for quick and on the go.

  44. Coffee and dress warm

  45. We survive by packing lots and lots of snacks, everywhere we go!

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