I love including notes in my kids’ lunch boxes. I’ve done it since my oldest was in Kindergarten. She’s a junior in high school now. That’s a lot of notes.
You would think that I would stop at some point but I haven’t. While I’m sensitive to how they feel about mom sending a little note each day, when I’ve questioned them about it they’ve been okay with it.
In many ways I find the notes are probably more important at this stage than they were during those early years. Middle school and high school are hard years. Our kids are faced with more challenges and struggles at this stage than they ever were before.
Time and time again, when I talk with moms of middle and high school aged children, I hear just how difficult these years can be.
Last year, 7th grade was particularly brutal for my youngest from start to finish with both academic and social challenges. The end of the school year was particularly harsh and I made a point of sending notes with specific encouragement for her situation. This included sending scripture to remind her of the truth when things seemed cloudy.
Three of the notes I sent during that time are still hanging on the side of the refrigerator where she hung them. They clearly impacted her. After that I found myself more determined than ever to keep the encouraging notes going.
Many of the notes I send include scripture, some are just a reminder that I love them, others are just for fun and may include a joke or something they enjoy.
If your kids wouldn’t be okay with a note from mom in their lunch box, you could always leave it on their pillow or tape it to their bathroom mirror. You could even text it to them. Be creative and find what works for you and your child.
I created a free printable with some of the scriptures that I’ve used to encourage and inspire my kids. Hopefully your tweens and teens will find them encouraging as well. I included a couple of blank notes so you can include your own encouragement as well.
Click the pictures or links above to print your free printable. These are for personal use only please.
Here are more scriptures that you could include on the blank notes or a note of your own.
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Psalm 119:9-11
- Ephesians 4:2
- Proverbs 16:24
- 2 Timothy 1:7
- Hebrews 4:14-16
- James 1:5
- John 16:33
- Jeremiah 29:11
- Numbers 6:24-26
Tell your tweens and teens that God loves them and He is for them. Tell them that you love them and you are for them. They need to hear it now more than ever.
Take a minute to encourage them today.
How do you encourage your tween or teen?
- Encouraging Lunch Box Notes for Kids
- 10 Back To School Lunch Box Printables
- Free Printable: Numbers 6:24-26
*KJV and WEB translations used for scripture printables.