I am so excited to be partnering with Smucker’s Uncrustables to bring you these free printable lunch box notes. I even included some designs for toddlers – pictures, of course – plus some for kids who can read.
When I first sent my toddler off to daycare, my heart nearly broke.
I love spending time with him.
I love having him home with me.
But most of all, I love that he has me.
When he goes out, I miss him like crazy. I think all moms go through this, and not just that first time.
Yes, there is the relief of being able to get things done without him “helping.” But the house seems empty. And yes, all these emotions come by even though I only send him out four hours a week!
But next year I’ll be sending him away full time, and I’m bracing myself. It’s not easy.
I like to do little things for M when I send him to daycare. One of those things is to send a lunch that he loves – Smucker’s Uncrustables. They are his favorite – he asks for one every time I open the freezer and he manages to sneak a peek.
It’s also my favorite because it’s easy. I just grab it and put it into his backpack. It’s portable and great for on-the-go.
But I like to add a personal touch. That’s why I decided to make him these lunch box notes (which I’m offering to you to print for free too!) I think it might be more for me than for him, at least at this age. When he gets older it will probably mean more to him than it does now. But for now, I know for myself that I have sent him off with a little extra something from me.
A personal connection is a two way thing. when I feel connected, he feels connected. Little things that we do for each other help strengthen a bond, even when we need to send our babies to daycare at a young age.
Moms today are busy. We so often find ourselves torn between providing for our family, taking care of the house, and really being there for our children.
I always look for ways to make things more doable and manageable, without compromising on being a mother.
Smucker’s Uncrustables are delicious and fun to eat and serves as a treat for my tot – making it an extra special lunch.
It’s also easy for me to grab and pack for him, so it’s a win-win for both of us.
You can download the lunchbox notes by clicking on the link above, or on the image below.
It will take you directly to the PDF file (thanks to Smucker’s having sponsored this, you do NOT need to sign up for my email list to download it. But you might want to anyway – I offer plenty of great freebies like this one!)
Simply save the file or print it directly, cut out, and add it to your child’s lunch box! What a sweet treat!
As you can see, I made a few different styles. Some of them I made special for his favorite sandwich.
Some of them are just for fun. And of course, I made a few that he can “read” himself – a mama bear and a mama fish. The bear is holding a heart, and the fish is blowing kisses. He watched me draw them, and was excited to see a fish and bear, two of his favorite animals!
I’m sure that he will understand the message behind the lunch box notes. But even if he doesn’t, I will!