If left for more than a day, our children’s schoolbags have the potential to become a total health hazard or the source of a major emotional breakdown.

Demands to remove lunch boxes and beakers can be heard in homes everywhere from the moment a child steps foot over the threshold and we all know why.

Unfortunately, most of us learned the hard way and after discovering something that wouldn’t look out of place on a David Attenborough documentary, we knew that this was an issue we definitely needed to keep abreast of.

It’s not always easy though and sometimes one of us drops the ball and the entire house is summoned to inspect the latest bizarre finding.

Here are just five things we’ve discovered in our children’s bags

1. A furry, blue mouse.

We were told it used be a cheese sandwich, but we’d rather not think about that.

2. A sour-smelling bag of mush.

We were told it was a cream-based Home Economics assignment, but we find that hard to believe.

3. Paper documenting our daughter’s crush on the ‘amazeballs’ guy from the year above.

We were told the paper had nothing to do with her, but her tantrum said something else.

4.  70 broken lollipops sticks and what looked like a shredded paper heart.

We were tearfully told it was Our Mother’s Day present, but we can’t be certain because we really don’t know what it used to be, and they can’t remember either. Thanks though!

5. A paper which suggests our child could do with spending a little more time revising Geography and a little less time mooning over that amazeballs Harry Styles’ lookalike.

So everyone in the class failed it. What’s your point?

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