It’s only been two days since we left Mini-Me at college, and the care package already arrived.
How I know this is because of the ALL CAPS text I received this morning, “OMG, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! I LOVE IT! YOU’RE THE BEST!” I won’t argue there.
In addition to phone calls and texting, sending a care package with a cute, upbeat note inside is a good way of reminding your child you’re thinking of them. And for moms, that we’re still needed.
It’s also a great way to make friends in your dorm (words spread faster than mono when there’s free food). So instead of feeling sorry for myself and my new empty nester status, I spent half a day finding things she loves to send to her. What you don’t know is that I’ve been waiting years to do this. I loved getting care packages as a kid, so now is my chance to do it for my kids.
Here are some of the things I’ve sent over the years — great for birthdays, exam time, or just to show you care — I call it “Party in a Box”:
Left, Right & Center Dice
Party Food & Some Healthier Fare:
See’s Candies Little Pops
Low-fat peanut butter
Peanut butter pretzels
Fruit juice sweetened gummy bears
Mini-packets of Trail Mix
Chocolate covered raisins
Bath & Beauty Essentials:
Stuff They Need:
Items they forgot at home
Best all-around treat:
Homemade baked goods. It’s like a hug from mom. (Or dad, depending on who’s doing the baking.) Bonus points for sending some freshly baked cookies or brownies (without nuts, because they will share) from mama’s kitchen. I always send plenty for them to share with their friends.
P.S. Did I mention that I save boxes from when the friendly UPS and FedEx men make their deliveries? (Online shopping in my pj’s is fun.) Yep, I’ve got a whole closet full of boxes that I use to send care packages, or seasonal things my kids need, but didn’t have room for in their suitcases, like rain boots, winter coats, etc…
Do you send care packages to your kids? What goodies do you put in them?