If you see kids struggling to follow steps and keep things organized when it’s time to clean up the backpack, messiness may not be a choice. And the reason behind the messiness may not be so obvious.
When messiness is not a choice, you might see behavior that doesn’t even seem related. Kids might:
Get really frustrated or angry when it’s time to do an assignment
Walk off without taking out a single thing when it’s time for homework
Throw most things away without looking at them
Have other messy spaces, like lockers or desks
Some kids have a hard time keeping their backpack and other spaces neat because they have trouble with focus or with following directions. Others have difficulty with organization and planning.
If you’re concerned about the reasons behind kids’ messy backpacks, learn more about
trouble with focus
trouble with organization