Are you afraid of the frankly dangerous state of your child’s backpack in as little as two weeks after school starts? Wondering if perhaps those smells signal a bio hazard? If a tornado snatched it up between school and home? Well, you’re not alone.
Start with a foundation of clear bags. This makes life super easy. You can look into the darkness…. and see. Clear pencils bags can be brilliant here but heavy duty freezer bags work too.
create an emergency bag. This one can be opaque. Not the regular supply bag but the emergency back up one. This emergency kit can contain just one or two period items but also band-aids, safety pins, emergency uber money, backup hand sanitizer, a rubber band or clip for hair. You get the idea.
consider mints, granola bar, deodorant, safety pin, a little bit of duct tape, emergency uber money, band-aids, an extra pair of headphones.
The regular period bag should also be opaque. Don’t use this to stock for the week though, just a day or two. It’s nice to have one extra, because your friend might need help one day. While as adults we like to have our Midol, do check school policy for this. Most schools do not allow any type of pain killer to be carried by the student.
Do go ahead and label everything, even if they are High Schoolers. It doesn’t hurt to have your name on it.
Put the heaviest items to the back. To both protect your spine and keep from crushing the rest of your belongings.
Think smaller versions. You don’t need to carry ALL THE PENS. Consider mechanical pencils. Carry three and some refills.
Finally, checking the bag each night is not only going to encourage better backpack hygiene but it will help ensure your students success! It’s a habit that can be a great opportunity to talk about your day. Teaching them to focus on the wins, the joys, the special moments, just let the bad parts slip away. Demonstrating how to practice gratitude will be a skill that they will always keep!
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