In our house, the start of a new school year is filled with mixed emotions. Our fifth grader is often anxious when it comes to change, worried that she won’t have friends in her class or a teacher she likes. It’s also the start of band and school sports, things she’s never experienced before that come with the possibility of failure.
Our second grader loves people and the whole school experience, from eating lunch in the cafeteria to acing spelling tests, but has a hard time with self-control- there’s just so much to say and do and learn!
Next is the baby. Off to kindergarten confident in who he is and all he learned in pre-k last year. He can spell his first name, almost count to 100 and lets me know he’ll learn the rest “later”.
Then there’s me. If I’m honest, the first day of school feels like Christmas. Not only is the house the type of quiet that you can actually hear, no one is asking for food a thousand times a day, wearing five different outfits by dinner and not once have I yelled “Stop touching him/her/that/ME!!” Welcome back sanity, I’ve missed you.
As my sanity returns, so does the task of packing lunches. If you’re anything like me, this always starts with healthy foods prepared lovingly each morning, a handwritten note declaring my undying love for each child along with a silly saying because I want them to smile when they think of me. Fast-forward to May and it’s pb&j with a yogurt from the back of the fridge, some stale graham crackers because no one ever closes the box and the same “I love you!” on their napkin each day, possibly recycled from the day before if it looks clean. What? Reduce, reuse, recycle! We’re a green household.
But what if we could be a little more intentional? What if there was a way to not only remind our kids that we love them, but also arm them with the truth that God loves them and He is always with them, even when mom and dad aren’t? That’s where our Lunch Box Notes come in. We’ve put together a list of over 55 encouraging thoughts with corresponding scriptures that you can either print on your own or save to your phone to handwrite next to the “I love you”. The topics cover everything from anxiety for my oldest, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6",respect for the middle child “Show proper respect to everyone. 1 Peter 2:7”and even some joyful confidence for my youngest “This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 18:24”. So let’s start this school year off right and send our kids out with the knowledge of who they are in Christ. I know I’m onboard. And if my kids happen to see the same scripture a few days in row, it’s just because they really need the reminder, nothing else…
Download your copy here. Lunch Box Notes for your Child.