Three dreaded words—back to school. We are officially back at it, and I’d be lying if I said I was happy about it. I love my kids being home in the summer! As a working mom, there is inevitable guilt, so I’ve tried for years to come up with different ways to stay connected to my kids while they’re at school/I’m at work.
When they were little, I had mailboxes in their rooms to leave notes for them. Now that they’re in school all day, I implemented a way to “check in” with them while they’re there. Anyone else have a pile of scrap scrapbook paper like I do? I never know what to do with it, so I keep it. Forever.
I cut the paper into semi-similar sizes and used some leftover stickers and such to decorate as many as possible. Keep in mind, these are not intended for my teenager. These are for the little one.
And if you’re little one is anything like me, she likes girly things! I pick up these napkins throughout the year at party stores, TJMaxx, etc for just over $1.00. It’s just a little way to personalize her lunch, and she loves it.
Since my husband’s schedule now means he has to pack their lunches (yes!), I sat down in front of a movie the other night and wrote out a bunch of notes to have ready for her when he sends her off to school.
I’ve mentioned my lunch drawer before, and it’s still one of my “must haves” for the school year. It holds most items needed for easy lunch-making duty.
The look of this drawer can vary throughout the year. I often pre-bag their crackers in here in order to break down on snacking too much after school as well. Instead of eating a whole package of crackers, they know they get a baggie that’s already been prepared for them.
While they love the notes, I think their favorite is the one-line jokes or riddles I send! There are lots of cute sites that will provide you with lots of them, but I included a few links to the ones I used for them.
- Cute one-line jokes
- Short riddles (these are submitted by kids!)
- Halloween jokes
- Christmas jokes (Yes, I wrote them out that far)