Got my latest edition of Parents Magazine in the mail today.
It's funny - I haven't paid for a renewal for something like two years, but I keep getting the mag with a renewal envelope every month.
Unlike Lucky, a magazine I hate that comes in the mail (a replacement subscription when a mag I actually liked went out of print), which I always toss immediately and with relish into the recycling bin, I actually peruse Parents, because sometimes there are neat ideas or thoughtful articles. Sometimes.
This month, I've only just made it to page 22 (Back to School goody bag).
In spite of my unschooly-ness, I really do love school supplies - I WAS a teacher for six years and really enjoyed school as a kid - so I was sort of stoked to see the page.
Unfortunately, as with so many things in Parents, there was one think on the page that threw me.
Amongst the "Lunchtime Boredom Busters" products, was "Lunch-box Love", a product that includes several messages to insert into your child's lunchbox. Like notes from Mom, only pre-made. No thought necessary, just grab one and throw it in.
This makes me angry on a bunch of levels, but first and foremost - what the heck? Whatever happened to writing personal messages for your kid that actually mean something to her? Is it really that hard? Do we REALLY need someone else to do that for us? Do we really need to pay someone else to write love notes to our kids?
I just don't get it. Honestly.
I have been an ultra busy mom. I have worked fifteen hour days and dropped my kid at daycare - but never would I EVER put a pre-made love-note in his lunchbox. I can only imagine being a kid opening a box and seeing that pre-made card. Heaven forbid you should repeat them! It only takes thirty seconds to write a love-note on your kids napkin. If you're really short on time, just draw a heart - but please don't do this pre-made junk. It doesn't say "I love you", it says, "I want to be a good mom, but I don't want to take the time out of my important schedule to think of you."