“Leave a note in your child’s lunch bag telling them you love them and wish them a wonderful day!”
Several years ago, I was living with a man I had been in a relationship with for three years. My partner had a young son who spent 50% of his time living with us and the other half with his mother. I had been unable to have children of my own, but this little boy called me “Mom.” When he started first grade he was like most children, full of excitement, yet nervous and a little apprehensive. To help him feel more at ease,
I began writing little notes of encouragement and leaving them in his lunch bag or book bag to discover throughout his day.
Sometimes I addressed a certain issue, such as “Good luck on your spelling quiz” or “Have fun in gym class today.” Other times I simply told him “Enjoy your day. I love you. XO” It was my way of giving him a hug from afar and helping him through feelings of loneliness. Imagine my surprise one day as I opened my briefcase at work and found a note written in a child’s handwriting. It read “Have a fun day at work. I love you! XOXOXOXOX!!!” Our note exchange continued for over a year until, sadly, the relationship ended.
I like to believe I had created feelings of love, confidence and appreciation in him, which he would be able to carry on throughout his life. Six months after I moved out of the home we shared, I received a Valentine’s Day card and hand-painted garden flag he had made for me. In his card he expressed how much he missed me and loved me….and of course, the page was filled with X’s and O’s!
Take the time to leave surprise notes for your children, affirming your love and letting them know you are thinking of them. You never know what emotions they might be going through at the time of discovery, but I can guarantee it will bring a smile to their face!
Have you done this or something similar for your child? Please leave a comment below and share your experience. If this touched you, please pass it on to inspire others!