Do you want to know how to help your child perform better?
- First, make room for all essentials
- Divide the books into the various compartments of the bag
- Place the larger books at the back of the bag so that they are closer to the back and their weight goes directly to the pelvis
- Make a plan with your child so that the correct number of books are carried to school and the bag is not overloaded.
- The total weight carried should not be more than 10% of the child’s body weight. And this includes the weight of the lunch box, the water bottle and any sports kits that need to be carried.
- Children must be repeatedly reminded to carry their backpacks on both shoulders. When school bags are carried on one shoulder – the weight of the books on one side can adversely affect the growing spine
- Use soft binding for notebooks and textbooks
- When your child carries the bag – notice if the bag is pulling her/him backward or forwards. Being compelled to bend backward or forward because of the weight of the school bag is sure to cause backache. Help your child to rethink the things to be carried and also help your child to rearrange his/her things in the backpack. A straight posture is a must for long-term good health.