You stand in your chaotic kitchen as one child is in tears over brushing her hair and the other has missing shoes and last-minute homework. Doing your best, you get the kids off to school with their hair brushed, both shoes on, and homework completed.
As you close the door behind the last child you take a deep breath. You feel good knowing that even after the hectic morning, each child will know you are thinking of them when they read their Lunch Bites note card at lunch. You can hear their laughter as you imagine them reading it. You smile and move along with your day.
I share this glimpse of mornings, knowing I surely cannot be the only one who feels rushed, trying to do 10 things at once.
Over the past year I have come up with a solution to help ease my mind, connect with my children, and make them laugh even when I am nowhere near.
The joy I feel when listening to them tell their stories after school is one I want to share with others – and I have found a way to do just that.
My solution has been years in the making. I am a registered dietitian with a past in school nutrition. I know exactly what takes place in an elementary school cafeteria -but more on that at a later date!
After our hectic mornings, I wanted to let my kids know I was thinking of them while they were at school.
I started writing notes to them and slipping them into their lunch boxes (and the dietitian in me doesn’t want to admit this, but maybe that note was attached to a Hershey’s Kiss!).
On those notes, I told my kids that they are cherished.
I told them jokes about the food in their lunch boxes: Q. Why shouldn’t you tell secrets in a cornfield? A. Too many ears.
I told them fun facts about the food in their lunch boxes. Honey is the only food on earth that will NEVER go bad!
One day I ran out of Hershey’s Kisses. After a few days’ hiatus from writing notes for my kiddos, my kids came to me and said they missed…my notes. Not the chocolate. My notes.
I was thrilled. And hence, Lunch Bites™ was born.
I hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine do!
In Every Pack Of Lunch Bites™ You’ll Find:
• 40 Unique Note Cards (8 weeks worth of cards)
• Positive Notes & Acts of Kindness On The Front Side
• Jokes, Riddles, and Facts On The Back Side – All Focused Around Food & Nutrition In A FUN Way
• 8 BONUS Creative Cooking Cards – These Cards Get Kids In The Kitchen Creating Their Very Own Recipes In A Few Simple Steps With Or Without A Parents Help
• Reuse Cards For Other Children
• Dietitian Created & Approved