I’m not good at lying, so I’m not going to pretend here. I am not prepared for the school year to start. I know that a lot of the country is already back in the swing of things, but my girls have another few weeks before the big yellow bus comes rolling down our street. And I’m not so good with the whole preparedness thing (although sometimes I really do try).
That’s sort of my problem: a lack of preparation. I always have good intentions, but my complete and utter lack of preparation sidelines my big plans more often than not. I’m really good at making lists of things to do. But the getting started part? Not so much.
So I’m going to try to be better this year. And I’m going to start with Ellie’s lunchbox.
A few years ago I got into the habit of tucking little notes into Samantha’s lunchbox. Sometimes they said I love you or told her to have a fabulous day. Sometimes they were song lyrics that were stuck in my head that I knew would make her laugh. And sometimes they were jokes. She loved getting notes every day and especially loved trying to see if she could figure out the answers to the jokes.
Some mornings (OK, most mornings) I was running a little behind schedule and didn’t have time to look up funny jokes that I could sneak into her lunchbox. I kept telling myself that at some point I’d take a half hour or so to scour the internet and make a list that I could refer to. Life happens and I never got to it—but the mom guilt sure as shit got me.
This year, Samantha is heading into middle school and she would be horrified if I stuck a note in her lunchbox. Ellie, however, is not embarrassed by expressions of maternal love just yet.
The solution? A set of free printable lunchbox jokes!
To get myself in the preparation zone, I put together a list of 40 silly jokes and made a free printable so you can use them too. I even included a blank page for days when you want to write in your own special note or drawing. Or, you know, until Ellie can read a little bit better.
Click here to have them delivered directly to your inbox. All you have to do next is print them out (do it on card stock if you have any—it stands up to spills better!), cut them, and leave them in the kitchen for days when time is not exactly on your side—which is juuuuust about every day for me.
Here’s a sample page:
Do you have any jokes that would be perfect for a lunchbox note? Leave it in the comments!
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