On my kids’ first day of school, I included a handwritten note in each of their lunch boxes. It was the first time I’d done anything like that, but thought it was a nice way to start off the year. Despite my efforts, my missives were met with mixed reviews. “Why did you send me a letter?,” inquired my first grader, who then went off to play without waiting for an answer (clearly, my gesture was lost on her). “Thanks for your note,” my 10-year-old offered later that day, and then told me about a classmate of hers whose mom packs a note everyday. “But it’s not written by his mom; it’s like a fun fact- kind of thing.” Hmmm, maybe that’s something I could live up to, without feeling like I’m adding yet another thing to my to-do list. So I decided to do a little research and came upon Lunchbox Love for Kids. This is one of those ‘why-didn’t-I-think-of-that?’ ideas that seems so simple, yet it took the time and energy of a fellow mom to do it just right. Lunchbox Love for Kids is a series of pre-printed cards that feature a sweet message to make your kid’s day, along with jokes and trivia on the backs. Just tuck them inside a lunchbox or brown bag, and you’re good to go. Each set contains 10 of these, along with 2 blank cards for those days when you’re inspired to jot down an original thought or two (hey, even “good luck on your math test” counts!). There are 80 different volumes, so you’ll won’t run out of cards until your kids are off to high school (yes, there are even sets aimed at teens). I’m all for making my kids’ days a little bit brighter and if Lunchbox Love is the ticket, I just bought a lifetime subscription.
In a Nutshell: Your kid not snagging a seat at the cool table this year? These fun notes may just make up for the lunchroom drama–or at the very least, just let her know you are thinking about her.