Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Oldie goldie--heavy backpacks

It's school time coming up (or in AZ, already here). Backpacks--let's discuss among ourselves.

I remember grabbing for my kid's backpack once when she was in 5th grade--and it was the weight of star matter--like two anvils and some lead!

I recoiled! How could a little kid tote this mess around?

She explained they had lockers but had to take their books home at night--even if they didn't need them for homework. This was the Washington DC school system, not known for its logic and good sense. Not having these giant books stolen was more important than protecting growing sinews and muscles.

Carrying a heavy backpack can damage a child over time! This according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The average sixth grader's load is 18 pounds. Backpacks can weigh as much as 30 pounds. It should be more more than 20% of the kid's weight!

Be sure the child puts on both straps and carries in the middle of the back.

Put the heavier items near the center of his or her back.

Use the compartments.

Rolling backpacks are better for heavier loads--but bad in the rain or snow.

When are these books going to be readable on a tablet or something. This is ridic!

Hello Kitty--you need to get this together.

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