Mark and I (and Cheryl from Bentonville) kicked off "Operation Skillet" this morning. In an effort to prepare our area teens for the reality of getting up early to head back to school, we are encouraging parents to wake up their children with a skillet and spoon while shouting, "Good Morning, Sunshine!" This morning's call was hilarious...well, maybe not to the two unsuspecting Bentonville teens! Thank you, Cheryl! As a result of your bravery, you are our $20 CBO gift card winner, and will also receive the 10th Anniversary Edition of "Hugs." Teens, you won't wake up empty-handed. You'll receive a Skillet CD!
We talked about "Using Backpacks Wisely" and here are the highlights:
Lighten the Load - Encourage your child to use the locker or desk frequently, make sure your child isn't toting unnecessary items, and encourage your child to bring home only the books that are needed.
Use and Pick Up the Backpack Properly - Make sure your child uses both shoulder straps, tighten the straps enough for the backpack to fit closely to your child's body and sit 2 inches above your child's waist, and, as with any heavy weight, your child should bend at the knees and grab the pack with both hands when lifting a backpack to the shoulders.
Use All the Backpack's Compartments - Put heavier items, such as textbooks, closest to the center of the back.
10-15% Rule - Doctors and physical therapists recommend that children carry packs of no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight. (e.g. - If your child weighs 80 pounds, his or her backpack shouldn't weigh more than 8 to 12 pounds.)
For more tips, visit www.kidshealthy.org
Have a wonderful Monday!
PS-Anna-Belle is still clinging to life! We'll ask Mark for an update in the morning!