Leaving notes for your children in their lunch box

@shaggin (36666)
United States
March 13, 2011 8:27pm CST
My daughter was telling me how her friend Averys mom puts a note in his lunch box each day. I've heard in magazines about people doing this and how it makes the kids feel special. I guess this past week each day Averys mom would write a line from the song you are my sunshine. It was so sweet and my daughter would come home each day and tell me what the message said that he got that day. My daughter has a horrible cancker sore or swollen taste bud or something like that on the side of her tounge. It doesnt look bad but you can see its a little swollen and it looks like she probably bit it. Its so sore she can barely talk and eat. I feel so bad having to send her to school like that tomorrow. I'm going to write her a little note to put in her lunch box tomorrow I thought that might make her a little happier at lunch time. I just hope its better by tomorrow its been really bad since friday and tomorrow is Monday shes been suffering a few days already :(
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
20 Mar 11
I think I've seen this in movies, or something. I think it is a sweet idea. I don't know if my boys would like it. The oldest one has days where he doesn't even touches his lunch. Anyway, this response of mine is a few days late, so I hope your daughter liked the note. And that her canker sore is all well.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
28 Mar 11
I am still catching up on discussions. And the last one I responded of yours was when you said that you will not be here for a while. I'm glad that you're back. I hope your kids are coping. Reminder: Note for tomorrow.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
14 Mar 11
That's a sweet idea. I use to put little notes on my children's bedside tables for them to see when they got up in the mornings for them to see when they got up. Just a little something from me to them before they started their day. They didn't take a lunch everyday. It just depended on what lunch was at school that day. I would put one in their backpack sometimes but their was no guarantee they would find it, lol. Their teachers did a few times.
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
14 Mar 11
HAHA I assume when you said their teachers found the notes a few times it must have gotten stuck in with their homework lol. That would be funny. I think that is such a sweet idea that you would leave them a little note on their bedside table for when they wake up. My daughter sleeps in my room and my son still sleeps in his crib so that would work for us until they are a little older.
• United States
14 Mar 11
Well they were in their folders..
@noorhizat (209)
• Malaysia
14 Mar 11
My wife did not put note in our children's lunch box. 1. They are all against taking lunch box to school, they would prefer to go hungry than to take it to school. 2. here the lunch box are normally food container with no space for note. We can stick a note on the food container, maybe. I agree that a little note will make their days, especially when they are not well or having a hard time with their study. A little encouragement during exams can give them a boost in confidence and motivate them. The little thing can go far and be big things.
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
14 Mar 11
lunch pail - My daughters lunch pail
Wow. Do they have food the children can buy at school if they want to eat it so they dont have to go hungry or bring in a lunch box. My daughter has a couple different lunch pails. The one she has been using lately is one that her aunt got her for her birthday. It looks like a purse kind of but the inside is lined like a lunchpail to keep things cold. I attached a picture of it.
• Malaysia
16 Mar 11
Thats cute. They have what we call "Kantin" where food are sold and the children can purchase during breaks. That is another worry, sometimes you hear of food poisoning in some schools. That will make you force the children to bring food from home as you know it is more saver. But in the end if the boys decline to take it to school, we can only force them so much.
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@chiwasaki (4661)
• Philippines
22 Sep 11
My mom always do that in a different way. Not in my lunch box since I ate in school. She usually leave a note every time that she will go out of the house. Small notes in memo pads that are so sweet. I like it every time my mom does that. So I will do that as well to my future kids.
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
28 Sep 11
I wont be able to leave notes for my daughter in her lunch box anymore. I am not packing her a lunch anymore because our foodstamps were cut way down and she gets free lunch at school so rather then use up the foodstamps what we have left of them on a lunch for her she can just eat at school. Shes a picky eater but there is always the option of peanut butter and jelly.
@la_chique (1499)
14 Mar 11
Aww thats the sweetest thing ever! I remember feeling so lonely when I was very little at school, and I would certainly have loved seeing a little letter in there once in a while as a surprise. I guess if you did it everyday, your children would get used to it though, and it wouldn't quite have the same effect?
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
15 Mar 11
Right that is what another mylot member said as well that they wouldnt do it all the time and neither will I. Just once in awhile like on Saint Patricks day I think I will do it again and make her a special lunch with green applesauce :) I wonder after putting the note in her lunch box today if she will be disspointed when she doesnt get a letter again tomorrow. I hope not but she will be surprised again on Saint patricks day.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
14 Mar 11
Hi, I prepared a lunch box for my son everyday,but never think of putting a small note inside the box to cheer him up. I guess my son is too young to understand the purpose of the notes, and what I can do is preparing his favourite food for him to eat at school. I plan to prepare bento set meal for him. I was looking at some website talking about Bento Set Meal,they looks so nice and simple. I may try it one day and hope my son will feel happy to see it.
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
14 Mar 11
Right if he is very little he wont be able to read what you write on the note anyway so might as well wait until he is a little older. You could always draw a little picture of something to put in there say of his favorite character or something that would be cute.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
14 Mar 11
My mother used to leave notes in my lunch box as a child. I would be embarrassed in front of my friends to read them. i would just joke about it when i was mortified instead. When my children were in grade school and carried a lunch box, i found myself doing the same thing that my mother did. it was convenient communication and they dont seem to mind it as much as i did.
@shaggin (36666)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I think thats how my daughters friend kind of felt. My daughter said that her friend Avery said that you are my sunshine is a baby song. I told my daughter that I thought it was really sweet and its not just a baby song its a song that anyone can sing to anyone they love.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
14 Mar 11
Awww, sweet! Oh, but I feel sorry for your daughter. Canker sores suck! Maybe your notes would make it a little bearable. I had a professor once who said he leaves surprise notes for his wife in unlikely places. They've been together for the longest time!
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
14 Mar 11
She woke up today and the canker sore is still really hurting her I feel so bad for her having to go to school today like this and be miserable from it. I hope she doesnt cry at lunch and have to feel embarrassed about it. I packed her foods she should be able to eat with minimal chewing to help her be able to eat better. She had chocolate pudding for breakfast. Not very healthy but it was pretty much all we had left that she could eat without a lot of chewing.
@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
14 Mar 11
I do the same but my notes are all reminders because my teenage boy is always in a hurry going out to school, he is very energetic as a varsity player, an officer and school dancer. He dances while he eats, he study with a headset, he listens to music so loud that hurts my eardrum,and I hope you can figure out how I'm always running after him to remind and keep on reminding his schedules,activities and chores.My notes are all capitalized and so much so highlighted as if already screaming for him to remember.
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
14 Mar 11
Well that makes perfect sense to me. If your teenage son is very forgetful from being so busy its good to give him a written reminder so he wont forget the things that are important. I'm sure he appreciates the reminders as well. I am very forgetful if I want to remember something important I usually tell my 6 year old daughter to remind me and later on she will hehe.
@kwylima (452)
• United States
14 Mar 11
Ow :(. It is so bad when the kids have to suffer with this kind of thing. I know what you talking about and I think or not is gonna make her happier. Kids love this kind of stuff even more when they are sick or sad! I hope she feels better and soon forget about it. It breaks my heart. but anyway she is gonna be good soon.
@shaggin (36666)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I wrote the note last night and taped it to the container that I put her peanut butter and fluff sandwich in. Usually she buys lunch at school but what they were having would be hard for her to eat so I made her things she could eat. I put in applesauce and things like that. I cant wait until she gets home to ask her if she got my note :)
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I do not put notes in my kids' school things too often, but I do it once in a while. I think that it does make them feel special and puts them in a good mood knowing that I am thinking about them during the day. I think that if I were to put a note in their things for them to find every day, the act would lose meaning and rather than being a little something to make their day. It would become something that they would expect and become upset if I were to forget to do it at any time rather than a nice little surprise from me.
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I agree completely. I think it is such a sweet idea but I will only do it once in awhile as well. I know she is going to have a hard time eating at lunch tomorrow as the past two days when she eats she cries the whole time. I wish I could just keep her home but shes missed so many days of school that in order to keep her home I would have to take her to the doctor to get a doctors excuse which sucks. I just pray when she wakes up tomorrow her mouth isnt hurting so bad.
• Australia
14 Mar 11
that is a beautiful idea. i love it and have never heard it before. hope she feel's better soon :(
@shaggin (36666)
• United States
16 Mar 11
Her mouth is getting better slowly. Today she just about missed the bus because it took her so long to eat breakfast. Hopefully the canker will be fully gone within a few days so she can eat normally again. She asked me yesterday if I would put a note in her lunch box everyday but I told her that I would just be doing it once in awhile to surprise her.