When I was a little girl, my mom wrote notes to me on 3×5 cards and tucked them in my lunch box. Every day, I looked forward to reading my special note from Mom.
I’ve carried on that tradition with my kids. Though I don’t do use stickers, or draw as much as my mom did, I have found Lunch Box Notes are a fabulous opportunity to encourage my kids in a meaningful way. The best part is that it takes almost no time.
I recently posted on how to pack a lunch in 5 minutes here. I’ve made Lunch Box Notes just another part of that routine. I keep a stack of brightly colored Post-It notes in my kitchen drawer to make it fun and easy.
There are several approaches to Lunch Box Notes depending on your goals and the ages of your children
If you have little kids or children just learning to read, less words and more pictures are probably best.
Whether or not you children attend Christian school, lunchtime offers a chance to fill their hearts with God’s Word as well as their tummies with good food.
As a mom, it’s easy to feel like words of encouragement take a back seat to words of correction and instruction. And yet, our words are life to our children. They need our encouragement and affirmation. It is critical that we recognize what makes them special and notice what God is doing in their lives. Lunch Box notes are one way to be intentional about this.
I didn’t realize how much this meant to my kids until one day I joined them for lunch at school. Their friends asked me, “Are you the one who always writes those notes to Felicity?” Apparently, she reads her notes aloud to her friends during lunch every day. I had no idea. I think the small things matter more than we know.
How are you intentional about encouraging your kids throughout the day? What gets in the way?