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These passive aggressive lunch bag notes say what all moms are really thinking

Forget about putting gushy "I love you" notes in your kid's lunch bag. This mom shows her love with the thing tweens respond to best: sarcasm.

 

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Let’s face it: Your pre-teen doesn’t respond to your gushy parental love as well as they did when they were little. After all, they’re beginning their transition into an angsty hormonal teenager, so if you want to strengthen your parental bond, you’ve got to adapt and speak in a language they’ll understand: sarcasm.

Mom of two Wendy Cicero realized this was the perfect way to bond with her kids, who—at 12 and 14—are right at the cusp of teenage-dom. Instead of just writing their names on their paper lunch bags, she started writing passive aggressive quips, and her kids loved it.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before 20 movies to watch with your teen on Netflix Canada “It’s imperative to have humour with your kids,” Cicero told TODAY. “We joke about everything—sex, drugs, politics, their bodies—I don’t want them to think anything is taboo. Humour is a great segue into having meaningful conversations and it helps break the tension of things that can be kind of awkward.”

And since her kids know that she’s mostly joking with her notes, she can get her message across in a way that’s enjoyable for both her and her kids.

Take a look at some of her examples:

 

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Hilarious, right? If you’re a mom of tweens, you’ve definitely had these exact thoughts.

Cicero, who runs the blog The New Stepford, only posted pictures of her notes onto Instagram after her daughter convinced her they were funny, and she was totally right because the people of the internet love them (including us!).

The wildest part of all this is that people in the comments asked her to sell them pre-made packs of paper bags with her notes on them, and they actually bought them! According to one of Cicero’s captions, people wanting to purchase plain brown paper bags with simple notes on them didn’t make sense to her, but when opportunity knocks…

So kudos to her. She found a way to bond with her kids AND make a few bucks on the side while doing it. She’s truly living the dream. Maybe in the future, she can just write the notes and her kids can pack their own lunches? Who knows!

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