It really bugs me when I see parents carrying their child's backpack for them as they walk to and from school. I walk Princess to and from school almost every day (we drive once in a while) and she always carries her own backpack, she always has. Bobo is in a stroller so I could let her put in in there so she wouldn't have to carry it. But I feel she should have the responsibility of carrying it herself. Eventually she will be old enough to walk by herself to school and she will have no choice but to carry her own backpack. I figure why not instill that responsibility in her now.
I would totally understand carrying it for them once in a while if they had to bring home something heavy (which I don't think would ever happen, this is elementary school, not High School) but I see the same parents every day carrying there kids backpacks and some also have the lunch box as well, while the child is carrying nothing....
While I'm ranting about backpacks let me just say that the backpacks with wheels and a retractable handle are STUPID. A backpack is meant to be "worn" on your back not drug on the ground with wheels. Any backpack made like that would be uncomfortable to wear on your back anyway because of the retractable handle mechanism pushing into your back. Luggage should roll, not backpacks.
*Feb. 28 (To Commenter's) RE: My daughter is 6, I am referring to elementary school kids, who have nothing more than a folder or two in there backpacks witch weigh next to nothing. So its not going to hurt the child in any way to carry their own backpack.
When I was in High School I was a tiny girl who weighed a whopping 95 pounds and my freshman year they remodeled the school and we were without lockers for most of the year. I have been there and done that with having to tote my books all over school and I walked to and from school as well.
I am sorry if I offended you in any way, that was not my intention. This is my blog and I am going to express my opinion because that's why I have it.