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Lunchbox notes create special memories for kids

Some of my most precious childhood memories are of the little notes my mom used to slip into my lunchbox. She didn’t do it every day, but most days. She had a special pen she wrote the notes with: it wrote in thick gold ink and she never used it for anything else. Just those magic little messages I’d find when I opened up my lunch.

So I was delighted when I saw the Lunch Posts at Wandermonster. Rob Kimmel has been putting a half-drawn note in his son’s lunch every day since kindergarten. Each day, the kid finishes the drawing and brings it back to him. It’s like a years-long conversation going on between them. This might be the cutest, coolest thing I’ve heard all day.

The thing about lunchbox notes is that they help you stay connected. Especially for a kindergartner, going away from home and leaving parents behind can be a scary prospect. That little note is like a long-distance hug right at the middle of the day, when your child needs it most.

Older kids are more comfortable at school, but knowing your parents love you and are thinking of you still feels good. A simple lunchtime note can go a long way to keeping connected.

If you want to go past the simple “I love you” lunchbox note, here are some creative ideas you can try with your kids:

  1. Leave small origami figures in their lunches.
  2. Try WanderMonster’s trick: draw half a picture and let your kid fill in the rest.
  3. Tuck a poem in there.
  4. Say it with pictures: put a treasured photograph in your child’s lunch.
  5. Make it stick: give your kid a special sticker along with her tasty treats.

What wacky lunchbox traditions keep you close to your kids?

Photo: CJ Sorg

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