Love Notes In Lunch Boxes

 

When Sister started Kindergarten in 2005 I was admittedly sad. She was my firstborn. My life had changed forever the day she was born. I was an at home mom and my days revolved around caring for her and eventually Baby Girl.  The thought of her being away from me for six and a half hours a day without any hugs, kisses, snuggles or encouraging words made my heart hurt. So, I decided I’d send a little of me with her everyday in her lunch box in the form of a love note. We’re into her sixth year of school now. She and Baby Girl take their lunch almost every single day. That’s a lot of love notes in lunchboxes. I’ve learned you have to be creative with those notes if you’re going to write that many of them. And while there are plenty of days that I write a simple “I Love You” there are a lot of other ways to let them know you care.
 Go Beyond “I Love You”– There are plenty of messages that let them know you care beyond a simple “I Love You.” Have a Great Day, Happy Monday, Hooray, It’s Friday, Thinking Of You, You’ll Do Great On Your Test are some examples. You could also write a favorite Bible verse or encouraging phrase that you commonly say to your child.
Creative Spelling – Get your message across with creative spelling.  I LUV U, I “HEART” U, U R SPECIAL, U R GREAT are some examples.

Draw A Picture – I love to doodle so I often draw simple little pictures for my kids. Hearts, flowers, smiley faces and silly faces are among my favorites to draw. You can also make it seasonal and draw a pumpkin, snowman, candy canes, etc. 
Use Stickers – I have a drawer filled with stickers. Some days I’ll put one of the stickers on the note. Kids love stickers so finding one in their lunch box is a real treat.

Special Treats – On rare occasions, usually around holidays, I include a special treat for the note. I’ll stick a couple of chocolate kisses, a mini candy bar, or some other small treat on a piece of paper and write “XOXO” below it. As I said, I these are rare treats which is what makes them special and they always get me an extra big hug after school. 
Have Fun With The Paper – Over the years I’ve used just about every type of paper out there for these notes: note pads, post it notes, craft paper scraps, leftover paper from printing coupons cut into squares, etc. Whenever possible I try to use something fun and different. The paper in the picture above is a cute shaped Post It Note. I found the package of them at a yard sale for 25 cents. 
I’ll continue sending love notes as long as my kids will allow it. Thankfully they’ve never seemed embarrassed by it. I hope they never will. As a mom, I want to be able to encourage my children even when I can’t be with them and this is a simple way I’ve found to do that.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Do you put love notes in your kids’ lunchboxes? Do you have any creative ideas for encouraging your children while they are at school?

Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.