We often include notes in our 6-year-old’s lunchbox to connect with him at school. The notes give needed encouragement to kids of any age. A few kind or funny words can speak in great ways to a young person’s heart in the midst of learning group dynamics, academic pressures, or separation issues. When our son couldn’t read, we simply drew a picture of an eye, followed by a heart shape, then spelled out his name—the only word he knew at the time! He loved that he could understand that on his own. Older children would most likely appreciate a joke or riddle in their lunch, or simple words of affirmation like “You look great today!” or “Have a great day!” or “I’m so glad you’re my son/daughter. See you later!” You know what words will speak to your child’s heart.
– Written for the September 2007 issue of Mom’s Moments. www.momsmoments.ca/pdfs