Our 14yo is having constant back and neck aches, ad the doctor has put it down to the weight of school bag

I had been hearing complains about the weight of the school bag, and to be honest I thought at first “yes we all have been there” BUT after trying to pick it up and almost giving myself a hernia – I can understand why!!

Between school books and laptop, and all the “wotnots” needed for school – the bag is so very heavy, I can not understand HOW a school can expect kids to carry so much each day!

They say they provide lockers to save the kids carrying everything – but that is not practical when all the books and laptops are needed for homework .. and therefore must be carted to and from school !

We have racked our brain and can come up with a solution to help ease the burden (quite literally) anyone able to keep heir teens school bag “light” ?

It is not right when there is back aches and neck strains all over school work :/

Posted anonymously, 28th May 2014

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  • good idea about the luggage bag but ya know, it is probably not cool at school. She will have to try to organise. Only take what she will need for the day and specific classes. If possible, get a binder with loose leaf and use that for writing school work in vs carting seperate books. My friend has done this with her child as her kids school didn’t mind and her classes were mainly computer, it classes


  • I have seen kids with those luggage type bags, so they pull it rather than carrying it.


  • great story to read


  • I have arthritis in my shoulder caused by an injury from carrying a heavy school bag. There are a few local kids at our school who use small business cases on wheels, similar to mini suitcases. You can also now buy bags which have extra support built in to ease the stress on your neck, they aren’t cheap though.


  • I am with you on this one. My 13yr has the same problem and I find it not good enough. I do think in this day and age of technology kids should have text books. they should all be loaded online. this way they can access at anytime. Or maybe an option to rent text book if for some reason you don’t have internet access at home. But seriously its time to upgrade the options and not put so much stress on our children’s growing bodies.


  • I totally understand where you are coming from. The schools wipe their hands off this problem yet like you said they are expected to carry all these things to and from school every day.


  • Somehow this story has appeared twice. Not sure why. But for what it’s worth, I’d try a roller bag/case for your child.


  • I can remember trying to carry mine it it was always over one shoulder not over the 2 like it should have been. All I can suggest and is look for a bag with straps that has go width and padding may be check out a camping store for some advice


  • how bout one of those bags with wheels, like a little luggage bag, I would make sure that the laptop fitted inside, but I do think it would help :) being able to pull the bag along rather than carry it


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