Magazine article Working Mother

The Perfect Fit

Magazine article Working Mother

The Perfect Fit

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Nowhere in the reams of literature on how to instill kids with confidence and self- esteem have I come across the simple, undeniable power of the backpack. My son, Jack, 4, recently came home from pre- school insisting we buy him one. He isn't exactly hauling a stack of books to and from his classroom, so it wasn't clear why he needed a backpack, but he could talk about little else. With a what's-the-harm shrug, we decided to indulge him, and the next day, my husband, Mike, took Jack to buy one. Instantly, this small red carrier with a zippered front pouch, sporting images of Lightning McQueen, transformed Jack in ways we're still discovering. As soon as he slides his arms through the straps, a special kind of big-kid independence takes hold. Jack feels more grown up and acts it. He no longer gets tired walking a few blocks. He's so proud to show off his backpack that he marches for half a mile, no problem. He strides into his preschool class with a new sense of purpose, heading straight to his cubby to hang up his backpack. …

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