What I’m about to tell you is not news: Backpacks aren’t always awesome.
They might be convenient, but expecting a kid to haul around 10, 20, 30 pounds of books is absurd. Many schools have online textbooks now, reducing the need to schlepp a 600 page History of the Egyptian Camel home every night. But there’s still a fair amount of ‘stuff’ to be carried back and forth to school every day.
As someone who treats children with pain and stress issues, I want to shout from the rooftop, “Stop it! Put down the bags! Get the backpack with wheels or just rebel and don’t do homework.” As someone who many a morning drove a kid to middle school because she never did any homework during study and brought home the entire contents of her locker every night, I respect that this will never happen. (Also, it’s a bad idea to shout at school children.)
So what’s the solution? I don’t know. But having a well-fitting backpack is a good start. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great guide here and I came upon this video with some good basic tips.
Of course you already know to take your child to the pediatrician if she’s having any back or neck pain. If your doctor feels massage is appropriate, I’m happy to treat your child as well. (psst- I offer a discounted pediatric rate for my clients’ kids.)
Happy Back to School Time!