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Do you put a note in your child’s lunchbox?

Every day, when I was little,  my Mom would put a napkin in my lunchbox and she would write on it.  It could say I Love You or just XOXO Mom.  No matter what she wrote, I knew that she was thinking of me.

We have carried that tradition onto our children’s lunch boxes.  Every day, I will get out a napkin and my sharpie and write a little phrase for our son to see at lunch time.  It could just say “I love you” or it could be a stick-figure drawing of our whole family.   He loves when my husband gets involved and draws something more fun… like angry birds or a football player (I’m not so artistic)!  One time, our son brought his napkin home every day (without using it) so that my husband could just add onto it.  It was so sweet, but we had to throw it away after a few days! haha!

Here is his note for tomorrow.… (the little note at the bottom is from his two brothers & sister)

note in lunchbox



If it is the first day of school or a big test day, you could add in a little extra something.  On these days, I write an extra note that says “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”   I tell him in the morning what it says and he reads it again at lunchtime, remembering those powerful words.

I just wanted to share this with you since it is a really great way for him to know that we are thinking about him during the day.  He looks forward to opening his lunchbox to see what we’ve written, just as I did when I was little.

Do you do this with your kids?  Did your parents do this for you?

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I just started doing this for my 2nd grader this year! She loves it. And I love that she mentions the notes she got every day! I think it is also great for her self esteem because I know she shares the notes at her lunch table and the kids just ooh and ahh over them! So glad I started this for my daughter!

    1. OUr son is in first & he is the same way. 🙂 I love it! Glad you do it, too!

  2. I love the idea to write some bible scripture! I’m a mom of 3 and do this for my kids, my daughter loves it and will write a note back to me. I also bought food pens so i can draw a funny face on they’re banana or other snack. My little guy thinks it’s hilarious