Although most people think about education more than anything else when it comes to children going to school, we should also think about their health during the day. Whether it is nasty school lunches or making sure that they get enough exercise during the day, there are a few different things that we can change to give our children a better school day. One of the most overlooked problems that face children today is the heavy backpack that they have to carry around from the time they wake up until they finally get home from school.
While most parents probably think that a little extra weight on their children’s back will not be a problem, the fact of the matter is that there are plenty of children who now have back problems that are directly related to all of the books they carried on their back during their school years. Textbooks seem to be getting larger on a yearly basis, so we need to start limiting the amount of weight that these children are carrying with them all day. We should try to setup a school curriculum where only two or three books and notepads are needed to be carried at a time, although the exact number of books will need to vary from child to child.
Some children have the option of using lockers to store some of their books during the day, and we need to make sure that our children are taking advantage of these lockers on a daily basis. There is no reason to carry around thirty pounds of books on your back all day when you have a perfectly good locker that you can use. By adding more lockers to our elementary and middle schools, we can make sure that our children are able to ease the stress on their backs.
Some children skip out on the lockers because they feel too rushed between classes, so it could be a good idea to extend the time between classes as well. At the end of the day, we need to remember that the health of our children is more important than shuttling them off to the next class right away.