5 Ways You Can Give Your Kids a Smarter Backpack this Year
You can avoid making school a headache - or backache - for your kids this year. Make a
smarter backpack choice.
Textbooks, folders, notebooks alone add up to a hefty load, so it's important that parents
find ways you can cut down on the bulk.
In fact, among their list of back-to-school safety tips the American Academy of Pediatrics
say kids' backpacks should never weigh more than 20 percent of their body weight.
Meaning, a 70-pound child shouldn't carry more than 14 pounds.
We'll have more AAP tips in a moment, but first here are five ways you can give your
kids a smarter backpack this year:
• Hand sanitizer: I'm going to lead off with the most obvious health tip. This
one's a no-brainer, but parents often overlook teaching kids to remember personal
hygiene at school. Having a mini bottle of sanitizer will help them remember
the importance of healthy habits. Of course, hand washing is the best habit, but
it's not always practical on the fly. A little cleanliness will go a long way toward
cutting back on the cold and flu season.
• Pen and pencil holder: If I had a quarter for every time my child asked for a
pencil, I'd be a rich parent (especially if you gave me a dime for every time I
couldn't find one). Cure this problem by giving your kids a sturdy and dependable
pen and pencil holder that stays in their bag full-time. This Five Star Stand 'N
Store® is a great back-to-school accessory that keeps their pens and pencils handy
• School planner: It goes without saying that time management isn't a strong suit
for most children. Your kids need a physical means of seeing, scheduling, and
planning their time. Set them up for success with a school planner that'll make
teaching time management to your kids an easier process. Here's are some fun and
colorful student planner ideas by Mead®.
• Planning binder: One thing is certain about school, the older the kids get the
more books and papers they have to manage. Kids need a light and sturdy school
organizer to help keep it all together because there's nothing worse than your child
getting home and realizing they forgot their homework folder at school. Having
an all-in-one binder organizer like this 2 inch binder with expanding file is one of
the best options I've seen, because it offers room for notebook, folders and papers.
• A little punch: Here is a product that completes your smart backpack system. A
portable 3-hole punch allows your child to punch important papers and keep them
in their planning binder. It's certainly a better alternative to the beat-up folder
crammed with crumpled papers. This handy Five Star Punch 'N Pouch® can be
snapped into their binder and even has a zipper pocket for keeping lunch money
or other items.
You want to give your kids a healthy start as they head to school this year. Send them out
the door with a smarter backpack.
As promised, here are some additional backpack safety tips as advised by the AAP:
• Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
• Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier
items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more
than 10 to 20 percent of your child's body weight.
• Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can
• If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may
be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling
backpacks still must be carried up stairs, and they may be difficult to roll in snow.
• See more at: Back-to-School-Tips.