Top 5 Tips for Rugby Mums

As we move into autumn the rugby season starts in earnest.  Maybe you’re new to the wonderful (muddy!) world of rugby, or maybe you’re a dab hand.  It’s an incredibly rewarding sport for children to play for so many reasons.  The core values of rugby: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship are qualities that are important to encourage in children and these provide the ethos of the game.

Of course, there is one downside to rugby (and indeed any outside winter sport!) and that’s the cold, the mud and the early starts.  Becoming a rugby mum or dad means no more lazy Sunday mornings at home.  Instead, you will be standing on the touchlines, in the cold, supporting your kids whilst mainlining coffee – not always as much fun as it sounds!

Here are Ooh La Label’s top tips for rugby mums to make it a little easier.

  1. Warm clothes, warm shoes.  Waterproof clothes, waterproof shoes.  This cannot be emphasised enough.  It gets cold. So cold. And wet.  The kids don’t care – they’re having a lovely time running around and keeping warm.  Parents watching, not so much!  Gorgeous blogger Kat @ Doesmybumlook40 always manages to keep warm and look stylish when watching her sons play rugby, so it is possible, but perhaps not easy!  Brands to try include Ilse Jacobsen, Aigle and UGG.
  2. Get to know the parents of other team members.  Not only does a game pass more quickly when you have other people to chat to and bond with, but they are valuable contacts for lift shares for away matches, or when you have other family commitments or are unwell (or hungover!).   
  3. Treat yourself to a good thermos flask and don’t forget it.  Coffee will be your friend!  You might even take soup in it, depending on match times.  
  4. Plastic bags in your car and lots of them!  They can be used for muddy kids to sit on and put their feet on once you’re in the car and on your way home.  On a wet day you will not believe how muddy it is possible for a child to get!  Kids will also want to change out of their boots (and sometimes their whole kit) so the plastic bags are invaluable for all discarded kit to go into.
  5. Label everything!  A sports changing room can be chaos with clothes discarded with little care as discussing the match is far more important.  Our stick-on name labels (link to website) are waterproof, mud proof, washing machine proof – whatever you can throw at them, they will stay stuck.  Don’t just use them on kit, they’re also great for flasks, water bottles and bags.

And finally, enjoy watching your child burning off all that wonderful energy!

Summer Holidays

Summer holidays are a time for fun, relaxation, spending quality time with your family and generally recharging.  However, the organisation that takes place before going on holiday with children can be exhausting!

Our mission at Ooh La Label is to help busy parents and make life a little bit easier, which after all is the whole reason behind our business.  So here are some quick tips for keeping kids amused on long journeys and our summer holiday packing list – if you use this as a guide you won’t forget anything crucial.  And remember to use our name labels to label everything – it only takes minutes and ensures there are no lost flip-flops or iPads at the beach.

In the internet age finding things to amuse your children couldn’t be easier, here are some things we’ve found:

This quiz from the Telegraph has 180 questions targeted at kids, but you mind find there’s a few you don’t know yourself! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/7877363/Childrens-quiz-questions.html

Activity Village is an amazing resource for ideas and contains 1000s of free printables from colouring in pages, to word searches. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/

50 Questions to ask kids is sure to prompt some interesting and sometimes hilarious discussions: http://www.crayonfreckles.com/2014/01/50-questions-to-ask-kids-plus-free.html

And finally, a good old travel journal can be a wonderful way to keep children busy and will make a lovely keepsake in years to come.

Ooh La Label’s Packing List

Mustn’t Forget:

  • tickets/booking documents/email confirmations
  • money/credit cards
  • health insurance (including EHIC if you’re travelling to Europe)
  • car insurance and driving licence
  • phone and phone charger
  • passports
  • medical kit, including: plasters; Savlon; Calpol; paracetamol and anti-histamine
  • any necessary medication, e.g. inhalers
  • sun cream for you and the kids
  • insect repellent

Toiletries:

  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • flannels
  • hairbrush
  • make-up!

And of course:

  • underwear
  • clothes – weather appropriate plus the obligatory cardie/hoodie just in case of bad weather
  • kids’ comforters/special toy

Electronics:

  • Cameras
  • Camcorder
  • Kids’ electronics, i.e. Nintendos, iPods

Beach Things:

  • towels
  • sunhats
  • swimming costumes
  • goggles
  • buckets and spades

Activities for the Kids:

  • books, activity books and colouring books
  • comics
  • snacks and drink for the journey