Did you know March 10th is National Pack Your Lunch Day? If you did, good for you! I tend to be the mom who finds out at 10 pm while perusing social media that it was National Ice Cream Day or Bring Your Child to Work Day or Fat Tuesday, so you’ll find me scouring the fridge for some late-night ice cream… I mean, who doesn’t love an excuse to eat some ice cream? This time though, I’m in-the-know. It’s on my calendar… and I’m already planning! I LOVE the idea of National Pack Your Lunch Day!
The benefits of packing your lunch are numerous. From healthier food choices to saving money, there are many reasons to pack a lunch. Perhaps my favorite reason to pack a lunch for my kiddos are the notes that I get to leave for each one of them. Here are just a few ideas for quick notes to leave your child. If you didn’t know today was National Pack Your Lunch Day, no worries! You can use these ideas (and our Free Printable Lunchbox notes – see below) any day of the year!
Bible Verses – Filling their thoughts with a quick scripture verse at lunch can help refocus them on what is important. With so much peer pressure kids face, it is great to remind them that they belong to God and he is always with them. May I recommend Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 19:14, or Proverbs 3:5-6?
Simple “I LOVE YOU” – Even if you think you tell your child you love them 1000 times a day, say it again! A child can never hear you say, “I love you” enough.
Note of Encouragement – Has your child confided in you or talked to you about something with which they are struggling? Take this opportunity to encourage them! Feel free to be specific OR use one of these simple phrases that are sure to encourage: “I’m praying for you today.” “I’m proud of the young man/woman you are becoming.” “I’m thankful for you!”
Surprises – Give them something to look forward to! “When I pick you up today, we are going to go out for ice cream.” “Tomorrow we have tickets to a football game.” Or if you want to REALLY surprise them, leave them in suspense. “I have a surprise for you later today.”
Use our Free Printable Lunchbox Notes to add a little love to your child’s lunch. Download here! There are probably a million other notes that you could write your child, but these are just a few simple suggestions. If you pack your child’s lunch multiple times a week, be sure to leave them notes often! I can guarantee that someday your child will reminisce about the sweet notes you left them.
Let’s leave a Lunchbox Legacy… one your child will always remember!
What’s something special you do for your kids’ lunchboxes?