My kids started a new school this year. Not just moving up into middle school, or something like that, but a completely new school in a new state. And it was all very fast. The job offer came and four weeks later we were in a new house, a new city, a new part of the country and a new school. Goosey, Dogger and Lew missed the first week of school. Overall, they adjusted pretty well. But, one of them did have a hard time the first couple of weeks. By "a hard time" I mean sobbing one morning because he didn't want to go to school because he felt like he wasn't catching up on what he had missed during the first week.
It was hard. So hard. None of my kids have ever protested going to school before. And my mommy heart broke a little because we did this to him. It was a decision Craig and I made, based on what is best for our family, but the consequences are largely affecting our children.
So, what did I do? I slipped a little love note in his lunch that day. One that let him know I was thinking of him and that his feelings matter to me. He came home with a smile and the note in hand. He said the day was still a challenge, but he was up to it. Love that kid!
In situations like that I love that Hallmark Cards has a whole line of products geared toward encouraging kids in school. Some of them are definitely aimed toward the younger crowd, but many of them work for teenagers and even college aged kids. Hallmark has graciously given me a Hallmark Back-to-School Care Package to giveaway to one of my readers.
Here's what's included:
|Bug’Em, a pint-sized plush that can hold cards and other tokens of |
encouragement and give an unexpected lift to any youngster’s day.
|A pack of Hallmark’s Kids Collection greeting cards, which feature kid-appropriate topics from managing difficult academic or social situations, to achieving a personal goal in the classroom or on the field.|
A few of Hallmark’s “any day” greeting cards for kids, featuring music sensation Justin Bieber.
Lunchbox Notes, which offer 50 ways for you to add a little love to lunchtime. (These are my kids' favorites. They love showing the notes I occasionally send to their friends and teachers.)
How to enter: Hallmark Cards would like to know what words and phrases you use to encourage your kids throughout the school year. Leave a comment telling me exactly that and you'll be entered to win!
Winner will be chosen at random on October 23rd, 2012.
UPDATE: We have a winner, Deb!!!!
*Hallmark sent me a Back-to-School Care Package to review in anticipation of this giveaway. I was not compensated in any other manner.