We have a few very important jobs as parents. One of the best things we can do is raise kids to have self-confidence. When kids believe in themselves, they are more likely to succeed in friendships, at school and in life.
While I was growing up, my mom included a note in our lunch box every day. On Friday’s we even got a little gift. We would open our lunch bag to find a note with a poem and a sticker or a pencil or a cool eraser. We never doubted my mother’s love, but these notes helped boost our self-confidence because they were filled with words of encouragement.
Believing in our children is the first step. Letting them know we believe in them is just as important. When we are there, it is easy to tell them how proud we are, to lift them up when they are down and to help them feel good about themselves. When our little ones leave for pre-school and then kindergarten, they don’t have us physically there, so a YOU ARE AWESOME reminder can help boost their mood and self-esteem.
There are lots of resources for lunch box love notes. I’ve got some great ones for my kids. Today I want to share with you how I make these cards with an emphasis on building self-confidence. I’m calling these confidence cards.
How to Make Confidence Cards for Your Kids
What You Will Need:
Paper. I like using index cards. We will be printing as a photo to make sure that our printers will print edge to edge. It is super simple using 4×6 index cards. You could also cut paper down or use photo paper to make an extra special card.
A little creativity.
About 15 minutes the first time and 5 minutes after that.
Super Easy Instructions
Step One: Head over to PicMonkey and select create a collage. You are only doing this to create a background color. You could also upload a solid color made using another program, but I wanted to be sure everyone could do this using one site.
Step Two: Pick a pretty color for your background. Of course, you could do this on a plain white background, but this is just so much more fun! It does not matter what collage you pick, because you will be re-sizing in the picture editing area of the site. Once you have selected your background color, save the image to your desktop. You can delete it later or move it to a specified folder and save it for future cards. Then close out of the image.
Step Three: From PicMonkey’s home page, choose upload a photo. Upload your background and choose crop to re-size the image to your paper dimensions. I use 4×6 inches.
Step Four: If you want to make 2 cards out of one 4×6 index card, simply add a geometric shape (rectangle) to your image and make it about half the size.
Step Five: Go to town! Find the fonts and graphics you love, add a few encouraging words and have some fun! PicMonkey has tons of available graphics and shapes. You can add quote bubbles, hearts, stars, little monsters and more. They have a great selection of fonts, but I have to say that the Google Creative Kit has a bigger selection and some additional graphics. If you simply must have crowns, for instance, you would want to open your photo background there and add fonts etc. You can get totally creative here and use some of the borders that PicMonkey offers to make a really kick tush card. I kept it simple here with just text and a few graphics. Please note that you can right click on the graphic to send it forward or backward to create a neat layered look.
Step 6: Print Your Cards! Open your card file in a picture program. This should tell your printer that you want full page printing. No white border baby! On my printer I simply feed the card through the rear slot and voila! I have an awesome confidence card.
Of course, if you have made a double, get out your scissors and cut it.
Step 7: Flip that baby over and write a little note to help their confidence shine! Here’s what I wrote on the back of the superstar cards for Sophia and Miles. This is the perfect place to mention a specific thing they excel at or a quality you admire. It could also be a great place to remind them to tell someone else how great they are. I simply love the idea of kids sharing confidence with others. You could even talk about a recent struggle. For Sophia, I might say I know reading is hard, but you are doing a great job. I couldn’t be more proud.
For non-readers, their teachers will be more than happy to read their card and tuck it back in their backpack. This little note makes each card a tiny keepsake. Perhaps you could give your child a box and keep the notes in it. believe me, they will look back at those and appreciate every single word.
Step 8: Throw that card in your child’s lunch and know that while he is away from you, he knows you think he is a totally crazy cool dude! Miles will simply love this!
Kid to Kid Confidence
Tomorrow the kids and I are making cards for their friends. How awesome for one kid to tell another how great they are! Positive words from parents are only one part of the puzzle. We know how alone kids can feel and as adults, we know how good it feels to get a compliment and to know someone is thinking of us. My plan is to use our class list and make cards for each member of the class. On the back Sophia and Miles will write the best thing about each person. Not only will they make someone’s morning, they will be learning to share love and to practice their writing. Win win! Kill two birds with one stone. Gotta love that! I will do this with business card paper to get 10 cards on each sheet. A little smaller but no less love.
Let me know if you stuff a little love in your child’s lunch and please, if you want to spread the word on Confidence Cards, let’t start a kid to kid movement! Share this and we can see how far this goes!
As a member of Clever Girls Collective, I was selected to participate in the Healthy Habits program sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and Colgate-Palmolive. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #healthyhabits #cgc