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School bag

The weight of school bag

Among the various pieces of equipment that a child (or teenager) needs for school is the school bag. Obviously, when a student goes to school or back home, he needs to carry books, notebooks and other things that cannot stay either at home or in class. It seems incredible that up to now we still have not found a solution to this problem, but the truth is that homework and home study requires the movement of materials back and forth, which sometimes can be pretty heavy. Teenagers do not suffer as much as younger children because they are stronger, but to lift such weights, like those sometimes children have to lift when taking home their school materials, can be dangerous for their health. 

This is why in recent years the companies that build and sell school bags have started developing new models which have inbuilt wheels and a long handle for children to easily carry their school bag with no big effort. It is a bit like having a trolley while going on holiday. Most children use this type of school bag and they are very happy with them as they can fit a lot of things – in fact, bags can be bigger since they do not need to lift them. 

But in general, how do we choose a good school bag? Well, apart from the wheels aspect, which is highly recommended, a school bag needs to be sized accordingly to the size of the child, and it is best if it has adjustable shoulder straps. It should also have a padded back wall for the safety of the child’s back, and a padded bottom to ensure that no delicate object inside is damaged in case the bag falls. Equally important is the material the school bag is built with: while children want their bag to be stylish (and we can’t take this away from them), it shall also be resistant and last some years, it should be waterproof so that nothing gets ruined in case of rain, and it should be light enough – you don’t want to add useless weight.

It is clear that buying a good school bag is not a simple thing. You want your children to be protected from health risks, and you want them to be able to carry their school bag on their own. This is why, as a mother, I must admit I am very happy about these new wheeled bags, and children love them too!

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Desk chair

Talking about a desk chair

Can this possibly be a conversation topic? Imagine meeting a friend you regularly see, let’s say, once a week and, sitting at a café, discussing how your office chair should look like, what features it should have etc. Imagine, instead, you meet a friend you haven’t seen in a long time – one of those friends you used to hang out with a lot in the past, but then for no special reason you stopped seeing; and, once again, you end up telling this person about your quest for the perfect desk chair. Incredibly, you find out that also he is into the same search and you spend hours trying to decide on the selection criteria. And what if, an evening while on a date (with that nice guy you really hoped would ask you out) you suddenly find yourself speaking of that desk chair you really can’t get out of your head?

If that is all you have something to say about, you either are a very dull person, or you really need a new desk chair. You know that you belong to the second category, and you know how difficult and frustrating it is having to deal with such purchase. The main reason that makes this task so complicated is the cost. If you buy a desk chair, you don’t want it cheap. You need a product that is good, that will last long and that will, most importantly, save you from getting injured at work. “How could a chair possibly save me from an injury?”, you may ask. Simple. Long periods of sedentariness stress our bodies, our muscles, our bones because our perfect anatomy was never meant for stillness. Muscles that don’t work lose their tone, for example, and a chain reaction is then established that leads to several aches, but also to possible more serious conditions.   

I made the terrible mistake to consult Dr Google (never a wise choice) and ended up learning that too many risks are connected to long periods of inactivity. Since then, the desk chair is the centre of all my discussions because I really want to be safe at work. I am lucky my friends understand me and support me, because it is taking quite a long time to finally find the desk chair right for me. As I said, the price can be a problem, if you don’t have money saved up. Don’t make the mistake, though, to opt for a cheap chair as you may end up regretting it for the rest of your life. It is wiser to wait (if you can), save and then make a choice. This is my rule, at least!