Backpacks are a great invention…until, of course, your kid stuffs a few too many loose papers into the bottom, tops them off with a dead sandwich or two, and suffers one of those classic Water Bottle Slow Leak Fiascoes on the way to school one day.
If your child (like most kids) is just figuring out how to make a go of this backpack thing, don't despair. Parents can make all the difference by showing kids where each thing goes, and helping them return stuff to its “home.” To help it all make sense, try making this creative organizing tool. And while you're at it, know this: you are making a difference! Educational experts agree that good organization is one of the most important study tools for a successful student—not just now, but for all the years of school ahead.