With the new school year fast approaching, you’re sure to have mixed feelings about leaving your kids everyday. While you know they're making friends and learning, it’s natural to miss them! Packing their lunch is one of the easiest ways you can set their day up for success and show your child they are supported.
Something as simple as sending your child a note in their lunch box can brighten their day and make them feel loved! Of course, you can’t really go wrong with any heartfelt note you write, but we’ve put together a list of creative ideas so you can switch up your message everyday.
Be Encouraging. If you know your child has something going on that day, try incorporating it into your message. Let them know you’re their biggest cheerleader by leaving notes like “I know you will do great on your presentation today!” or “Good luck on your math test!”
Use Holiday Themes. Make your child’s lunch special with a little something extra on holidays. Leave a small present on the last day before Christmas break, include some candy and a cute pun for Halloween, or write off a list of reasons you’re thankful to be their parent for thanksgiving.
List the Reasons You Love Them. Create an ongoing list of reasons you love your child, anything from “I love you, NAME, because of how passionate you are about __” to something more specific like “I love you, NAME, for being such a good big sister. Thank you for helping make your brother lunch yesterday.” This is a great way to show your kid you are noticing the good things they do and appreciate what makes them special!
Give a Compliment and a Treat. If you’re packing a dessert, use it in your day’s note: “I packed you a treat because you’re so sweet.” or “You are one smart cookie!”
Design a Fun Game. If you’re feeling creative, try coming up with a simple game for them to play. You could try a word search, maze, or crossword. This is a great idea if your kid is using a brown paper bag, it makes the bag more interesting and gives you lots of room to work with!
Share a Motivational Quote. Try giving your kid some inspiration to do their best with a quote like “everyday is a chance to learn something new.” You could also try positive affirmations such as “You are amazing just the way you are.” or “I’m proud of you!”
Draw Their Favorite Characters or Animals. If you like to be creative, this idea is for you! Even if you’re not the best artist, they will appreciate the effort.
Add a Sticker of the Day. This is a great one for younger kids. Buy a sticker sheet of animals or characters they love and include a new one in their lunch each day! They can give them away to their friends or make their own collection.
Even if they don’t mention it, your child will appreciate your handwritten note. No matter what you choose to write, it’s a great way to let your kid know you love and support them!