Last week’s entry about parents who create lunch bag artwork included a link to a previous TLT post in which I came out rather strongly against a certain type of lunch box note, specifically the store-bought, pre-printed note featuring ego-massaging messages like “I can’t believe how creative you are.” Such notes seemed to me to be a manifestation of a much larger problem with modern-day parenting: i.e., the showering of children with praise at every opportunity, whether it’s particularly deserved or not, and possibly to their psychological detriment. (Some parents disagreed with me, though, as you can see in the comments on that post.)
But parenting philosophy aside, I certainly have no problem with brightening a child’s day with a little lunch box surprise now and then. And that’s why I wanted to share with you a new website called Little Lunch Notes, created by Lunch Tray reader Amy Hadden.
Amy’s a professional artist, but these days her talent is primarily channeled into lunch notes for her three daughters. The notes typically feature a joke, a riddle or an interesting fact and I liked the artwork so much I wanted to share some of it with you:
Even as places like Pottery Barn are selling their own pre-made lunch notes for $4.00 a set, Amy generously offers hers to the world for free. You can just download a note, print it out and guarantee your child a smile at lunch time. Thanks, Amy!
[Blogger disclosure: I received no compensation of any kind for this product recommendation.]
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