From packing healthy lunches to fitting in family physical activities, keep your kids on the right track this school year with these back-to-school tips.
1. Safety First
An estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and under sustain school related injuries each year. Accidents can be prevented if parents are on the lookout for potential hazards.
Backpacks – Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. Your child’s backpack should not be wider than his body. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. Make sure your child is not toting unnecessary items.
Picking up a backpack properly is important. As with any heavy object, your child should bend at the knees and grab the pack with both hands when lifting it to his shoulders.