Rethink Backpack Shopping
Marie LeBaron, founder of the popular parenting site Make and Takes
, a former kindergarten teacher and mother of three, brings each of her children backpack shopping alone and lets them pick out their favorite pack. If you'd like to ensure your kid doesn't pick what you deem the ugliest, least practical or most poorly made bag in the store, follow the advice of Carina Schott, whose blog and online shop, Nonchalant Mom
, has an eye for kids' items that we'd be glad to use ourselves. Schott does her own backpack research online ahead of time, then lets her kids choose from the selection she gives them.