Sending a note in your child's lunchbox is not a new thing, but most of the time those notes consist of loving sentiments wishing your child a good day, or best of luck on that math test they've been stressing out about. For blogger Whitney Cicero her lunch box notes to her kids are a true lesson in how to parent passive aggressively and people just can't get enough.
Cicero is the mom of a 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son who recently decided to share her thoughts on her children's life choices by writing notes on their paper lunch bags. The writer began to share her notes on Instagram and every other parent wished they thought of it first!
Cicero explained on her Instagram page that it was her daughter who decided she should share her self proclaimed passive aggressive lunch bag notes on social media after they became popular among her friend group, and they've been an instant hit. They're so popular that Cicero has even capitalized on her funny idea and is now selling her lunch bags on her website.
"I first started writing passive aggressive notes on my kids' lunch bags because it was either that or poisoning them," Cicero wrote on an Instagram post. "My daughter convinced me they were funny and told me to start posting them on Instagram. I did and the response was overwhelming."
She went on to write about why she eventually decided to sell the bags, which makes sense to any busy parent. "People loved them and asked where they could purchase them, which made no sense to me. 'Why would you buy these? They're just bags with funny sayings,' I asked. 'Because our lives our busy as shit and we have no time, so please do it for us,' the moms said back."
Cicero has used her passive aggressive lunch bag notes to joke about almost everything parents of tweens and teens are dealing with. "Just pretend it's Chipotle" reads one of the bags, while another reads, " Before you throw this away triple check your retainer isn't in it." One of my favorites just may be 'Fortnite isn't a career choice.'
Cicero told Today Parents that it's her sense of humor that helps her parent her tween and teen and their messages are meant to be fun. "It's imperative to have humor with your kids," Cicero said. "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."
She definitely has a great sense of humor when it comes to parenting. Cicero was behind the viral video that saw her and another mom lip sync their son's Fortnite game that every parent could painfully relate to. Even if you don't want to shell out $10 for your very own 10 pack of passive aggressive lunch box bags, you can definitely relate to what Cicero is saying.