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Backpack Safety

  • 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 – 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
  • Always use both shoulder straps.  Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
  • 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.
 

Bullying

When your child is bullied…

  • Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:
    • Look the bully in the eye.
    • Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
    • Walk away.
  • Teach your child how to say in a firm voice:
    • “I don’t like what you’re doing.”
    • “Please do NOT talk to me like that.”
    • “Why would you say that?”
  • Teach your child when and how to ask for help.
  • Encourage your child to make friends with other children.
  • Support activities that interest your child.
  • Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
  • Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.

When your child is the bully…

  • Be sure your child knows that bullying is never okay.
  • Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior.
  • Be a positive role model.  Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.
  • Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.
  • Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, counselors, and parents of the children your child has bullied.

When your child is a bystander…

  • Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying.
  • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying.
  • Help your child support other children who may be bullied.
  • Encourage your child to include these children in activities.
  • Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.
 

Developing Good Homework and Study Habits

  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework.  Youngsters need a permanent workspace in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.
  • Schedule ample time for homework.
  • Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time.
  • Supervise computer and Internet use.
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework for them.
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue, and brain fatigue while studying.  It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.
  • If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren’t able to help them yourself, a tutor can be a good solution.  Talk it over with your child’s teacher first.

 

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