I often find myself really frustrated as a parent. There is so much to squeeze into every day and it can be really hard to find time for one-on-one with your kids. Especially during the week when I am working and rushing my little around to all of her activities. I don’t even feel like she does that many activities, but the daily grind can be exhausting. Then, there is homework, and reading, and bathing, and maybe a little time to unwind or play.
With my little being an only child, she is very used to loads of attention. But, as she gets older, I find myself encouraging her more and more to spend time entertaining herself. I just don’t have endless hours to spend playing games or snuggling, as much as I might want to. But, I still try to find little ways to encourage her and make those connections throughout the day.
Inspirational Lunch Box Notes
One of my favorite little things is to pop a note in her backpack or lunch box. My little has a tendency to focus on negatives and to be very self-critical. I am always asking her to find 1-2 positive things to say about an experience instead of pointing out what went wrong or what she didn’t like.
I made up a free sample of my notes. I usually just print blank pages and write little notes on them. But, if you want a quick and easy way to get started, you can print the free Lunch Box Inspiration Printable here: lunch box cards free printable
Words of Encouragement
I do try to take a few minutes out of every day just to pay my little a few compliments. There are times when, in the morning rush, we are both near tears trying to get out of the house. My kid is a massive turtle and chronically disorganized so the morning is not a good time at our house. Even though she is up 2 hours before school starts, she still manages to almost be late daily. That’s why I love hiding a little note in her planner or bag or lunch box. Even if we’ve had a bad morning, I can encourage her. I try to do it the night before so it’s a surprise and I don’t forget in the morning rush. That way I know that no matter what happened in the morning, we can recover in the day.