It’s getting to be that time — back-to-school time.
Cute little shells and colorful ideas for the little ones take me back to when my kids had Ninja Turtle backbacks, so a shell might be fun. MadPax makes these and lunchboxes too, and these things are all over Pinterest. See these at MadPax’s bold 3D designs. Thanks to Lauren Weissman of EFG: Entertainment Fusion Group for the fun photos from FAB NY, the industry leader in licensed backpacks. Check out the FAB NY website for lots of different styles — and plenty of Hello Kitty! The prices range from the $30s on up.
Before you pack that backpack with stuff, Renee Hewitt of Topical BioMedics reminds parents of safety tips:
-A backpack should weigh no more than 10 - 20 percent of the child’s body weight.
-Parents should pick up that backpack to check the weight. I was shocked at what my kids were carrying a few times.
-Teach your child to only carry what is necessary to avoid any excess weight.
Click on the photo at left to see the 100 Best Backpacks for back-to-school from TeenVogue.
Enjoy shopping for back-to-school. We missed out on index cards and loose-leaf paper one year. I stocked up on so much of it that I had extras. For years. My 22-year-old college student won’t be using that. I donated all of it last year to one of the local schools. But I recently discovered poster board in one of the closets. It will make a nice art project for the grands.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!