One of the sweetest things a parent can do is to leave a love note in their child’s lunch box. This works with all ages, although you will have to be more discrete with school-age children and teens so they aren’t teased by their peers.
If you pack a lunch for a preschooler, leave them pictures of hearts or use rubber stamps as a special treat just from you that they will look forward to discovering. Imagine a Post-It Note™ in your lunch of a dinosaur one day and of a shark another day, all created from rubber stamps. You can find rubber stamps like these at stores like Michael’s Arts and Crafts.
I recommend leaving a love note only once or twice a week to keep the element of surprise alive unless your child looks for your notes daily. As parents, we’ll write, “I love you,” “You’re the best,” “Good luck on your test,” but thinking of something new to say on a regular basis can be daunting. A company called EduBirdie, have been helping parents write lunchbox notes, which they call, Ebox notes and here are some of the best [and most] creative lines we’ve had parents use:
- I love you to the moon and back, and even further than that!
- You are sweeter than an ice cream sundae with a cherry on top!
- I love you more and more every day!
- I’m so glad that you picked me as your parent.
- You’re the best child a parent could ask for.
- Can’t wait to hear about your day at dinner tonight!
Jokes or Riddles
- Q: What did the Dalmatian say after lunch? A: That hit the spot!
- Q: What kind of bear has no teeth? A: A gummy bear!
- Q: Why was 6 afraid of 7? A: Because 7 ate 9.
- Q: Why did the golfer wear two pairs of pants? A: In case he got a hole in one.
- Q: What has hands but doesn’t clap? A: A clock.
- Q: What belongs to you but is used most by others? A: Your name.
Words of Encouragement
- Mistakes are proof that you are trying.
- There is no such thing as a bad question.
- Hooray for a good day!
- Nothing is impossible, the word itself is saying “I’m possible.
- You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.
- Love carrots? Don’t eat too many or you will turn orange.
- Did you know it is impossible to lick your own elbow?
- Did you know a tiger’s skin is striped, like its fur?
If your child doesn’t take a homemade lunch and receives lunch provided by their school, try leaving a love note in their notebook or textbook where they will easily find it.
And if you think doing this is corny, try it anyway. It does no harm for a child to feel secure that the person they look up to the most, shows that they love them the most.