I tried to resist it as much as I could but I realized the field trip backpack is a definitely essential for mom. It's the only way you can hold a few lunches, jackets, and water botttles. How can you still look chic without looking like you're ready to go camping? Enter the Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Backpack ($198 at Shopbop) in Black, Quartz Gray, and Dark Magenta. The front zip compartment can hold your keys and essentials while I also love the top tote handle options for times you just want to carry the bag on your arm.
Here are more cool backpacks for mom:
Juicy Couture Trinity Nylon Backpack ($228 at Shopbop)
LeSportsac Voyager Backpack, Heartbeat ($102.99 at Amazon)
LeSportsac Voyager Backpack, Bronze Lightning ($120 at Amazon)
Baggu Canvas Backpack ($34 at Nordstrom)
Also in black, cobalt, and stone