Any parent knows the sisyphian task of cleaning up after kids. It’s impossible, unless you have a stand-in date with a cleaning service. Which, I have fantasies about. Given economic times, most of us don’t have such luxuries. As Murphy’s Law goes, as soon as you wash your floors, someone dumps a container of guacamole or green tempera paint on it.
I speak from experience. Now, imagine your child’s teacher. Multiply the above scenario by roughly 30, and you have the makings of a classroom. Even after all the grading, planning, and nuturing of our little ones, teachers clean up after our precious snowflakes. Sure, the janitorial staff will do a quick sweep and empty the trash, but the nitty gritty of classroom mess falls on the teachers. The glue spilled, the globs of paint, and don’t get me started on glitter. I still have nightmares about a particular second grade class of mine, and glitter. When I was in the classroom, I would spend a good hour after school tidying up and scrubbing down my room. One year, I was a roving art teacher (meaning I didn’t have a classroom, and had all my supplies on my cart for 20 classes)- the amount of paper towels I went through on a daily basis probably kept Bounty in business! Especially during my watercolor unit. Imagine 35 first graders and colored cups of water. Did you know the average classroom goes through 37 boxes of tissue and over 24 rolls of paper towels? I went through more than that as a classroom teacher, because class sizes in Chicago are huge. More often than not, I was buying paper towels and tissue when our stock from the beginning of the year ran out. Roughly 66% of teachers even shy away from the messier projects, because they detest the mess. I never did, because learning and life is messy.
Again, I speak from experience as a mother to the poster child of mess. I pity his preschool teacher this year.
Even at home this summer, I let my kids make “mud” from cocoa powder and paint for hours. Mess doesn’t scare me. It’s nothing that a few paper towels can’t fix. As the saying goes from the incredible Phyllis Diller: Cleaning the house while children are growing is like shoveling the sidewalk while it’s still snowing. In a classroom, it’s more like a blizzard. With back-to-school sick season just around the corner, it’s imperative that we stock our homes and our children’s classrooms with the essentials: Bounty Paper Towels and Puffs Facial Tissue. So, when I was contacted to review these-I said of course! Plus, I love the monster design on the Puffs box. I’m a sucker for anything monster themed. I did use the whole roll of Bounty paper towels at my son’s birthday party. I wonder if it’s possible to have a party and not have ten spills. The quality of Bounty and Puffs can’t be beat.
My messes at home cannot compare to the messes in the classroom. As teachers, we hoard a little secret: when parents buy the “off-brands” we end up using more of these products to clean up the same mess. Nothing is worse than a kid blowing their nose and the tissue falling apart. Or the paper towel distergrating within a pool of paint or some other gooey childhood fluid. In this scenario, it pays to buy quality. Teachers trust Bounty and Puffs for all their classroom disasters, just as we do at home.
Do you want to help out your child’s teacher?
What teacher couldn’t use a little extra help?
Enter their school into the Back to School Sweepstakes for a chance to win a year-supply of Bounty and Puffs for the entire school! How awesome would that be?
The first 100,000 entrants who submit an eligible entry will each receive a coupon valid for $2.50 off the purchase of one Puffs AND one Bounty product.
Thanks for reading,