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I’ve been doing two things lately that have been making my day brighter: eating more lunches at the office from a lunchbox, and doing some business travel.
It’s not the eating and the traveling that has been “making my day.” Instead, it’s the notes I’ve been finding from my wife and, more frequently, from my girls.
A little note from a daughter, tucked in my suitcase, telling me how much she misses me when I’m gone.
A another note stashed quickly in my lunchbox, before I left for work, telling me how much she can’t wait for me to get home and be with her after work.
A drawing left in my backpack that says “Go Cards!” with a familiar looking red bird and a baseball.
I treasure these.
You may recall how I shared one of my other great treasures from my wife, a simple spiral-bound set of index cards with different things she appreciates about me.
Well, after getting these other great little love notes from my daughters recently, I had to sit up and take notice of an online article on FoxNews.com recently about a dad leaving a love note, of sorts, for his kids in THEIR lunches every day.
He draws a special drawing on every sandwich bag that he packs in their lunch.
I may not be able to draw like he does, but I want to remind my girls that I love them in little ways and at unexpected times, like that dad. His drawings say “I love you” because they also say, “you’re worth my time spent to do a fun little something for you, just to make you smile.”
A few months ago I bought a small pack of blank cards from the greeting card rack at the store. Very versatile. I started doing an occasional note to my wife or one of my girls.
But it’s been a while since I’ve used one.
After this article, I’m inspired again. Time to crack open those cards. Shhh…don’t tell my girls!
What ways do you enjoy surprising your kids or wife with a little something to let them know you love them and are thinking about them? Share your ideas with us in the Comments below!
Leon Wirth (@LeonCWirth) is a contributor for Dad Matters and the Executive Director of Parenting & Youth at Focus on the Family.
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--Thanks for the reminder Leon. Sometimes I pack the kids lunches in the morning. The kids like it when I pack because they are usually filled with more sweet stuff than healthy stuff. On occasion I would stick a little post it note into the lunch reminding them how much they are loved and to guard their hearts. This was a good reminder to update those notes. :)