during spencer's elementary school years, I added little notes to his lunch box. sometimes hand written, sometimes a lunch box note from a book. not every day or every packed lunch, but enough to let him know I'd be thinking about him while he was away from me. but moving onto middle school meant a stop to mom's little notes...until now.
so I had this idea. what if the note was small? small enough to be "hidden" in the bottom of his lunch box, visible only to him. something he wouldn't have to take out of his lunch box to read. something he could just glance at and know that I still think of him each day. the "what if" turned into these customized lunch box notes.
I typed my meaningful messages up on the computer; printed them out on white cardstock; matted them on black and then colorful paper; ran them thru the laminator; cut them out; and now they're ready to go into the lunch box.
I know you'll have phrases specific to your children, but these are the notes I started with:
*do your best, and we'll be proud of you!
*say "hello" to a student you don't know today.
*do something nice for someone today!
*you make wise decisions.
*you are a great friend!
*have fun at school today!
*make wise choices today.
*help a teacher today!
*you are fun!
*go out and learn something today!
we're entering the time in spencer's life when:
he needs to know I'm here waiting for him.
he needs to know he's special, just as he is.
he needs to know wise choices are rewarded.
this is just one little way I can keep reminding him of things he needs to know ... more than anything else, that I love him.