A few years ago I came across a book titled, Napkins: Lunch Bag Notes from Dad, by Courtney Garton, about a dad who put rhyming notes in his daughters’ lunch bags, reflecting the ups and downs of everyday life; notes that maintained the lines of communication even when times were tough. I found it very inspiring, but I was also realistic in the idea that I probably would not be able to keep up with the daily rhymes. So I decided to take a different approach, and collect pictures that I’d cut in the shape of a heart thanks to a cookie cutter. Many were of animals, which my daughter loves and some were funny. Nothing too time intensive and nothing too sappy, but a quick, often humorous connection, nonetheless.
Lately, I’ve been seeing more products designed for this very situation, which can make the task even less daunting; you can find several on Amazon here.