Whitney Cicero, perhaps annoyed that her 12-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter couldn’t throw a green apple and a cheese stick in a brown paper bag themselves, has been writing notes on her kids’ lunch bags. And no, it’s not the cheesy “I believe in you,” or “Hang in there!” It’s actually helpful advice like, “Get off your phone,” and “Fortnight is not a career.”
The New Stepford blogger was encouraged by her daughter to share the photos of her custom lunch bags after her classmates would ask to see them every day. Soon, her Facebook followers took notice and now they want her to write custom bags for their own children.
But these snarky messages come from a good place. “It’s imperative to have humor with your kids,” Cicero told TODAY Parents. “We joke about everything — sex, drugs, politics, their bodies — I don’t want them to think anything is taboo. Humor is a great segue into having meaningful conversations and it helps break the tension of things that can be kind of awkward. And, if we don’t have a sense of humor about parenting, we will literally lose our minds.”
A 10-pack of bags costs $9.99, and she hopes that everyone will get them for stocking stuffers this year during the holidays — but they’re already a hit. The first batch has sold out, and people are leaving glowing comments on social media. “I don’t even have kids to be passively aggressive to, but I want these…for my students,” one teacher commented.
The odd novelty of these bags isn’t lost on the mother of two. Responding to a negative comment she writes, “I can’t believe people are paying for them either. Maybe people just need a little laugh.”
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