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My Son Was Shy So I Started Decorating His Lunch Bags To Help Him Break The Ice At School
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My Son Was Shy So I Started Decorating His Lunch Bags To Help Him Break The Ice At School

My name is Dominick and I’m a dad in California. Usually, parents provide home lunches for their child and think their job is done. Not me. I took it a bit further. For about 4 years or so, I’ve been drawing on my son’s brown paper lunch bags when he takes them to school. And I have already decorated more than 550 bags so far.

Even though he’s in middle school now, he continues to take these decorated lunches to school. I’ve even had to do lunch bags for his soccer games when it’s our turn to bring snacks.

Some people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we like to think lunch is the most creative.

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For about 4 years or so, I’ve been drawing on my son’s brown paper lunch bags when he takes them to school

And I have already decorated more than 550 bags so far

When my son was younger, my wife and I would sign him up for extra-curricular classes or summer fun, but he was fairly introverted and shy when meeting new students

I started doing these art pieces on his brown bagged lunches to help break the ice, and get conversations going

It worked!

Kids would come up to him and ask him about the artwork, and if the lunch art was some superhero, they’d have a conversation about the newest Marvel movie

Or if it was an animal, they’d start talking about what animals were the coolest or roughest

He loved them so much, I started doing them for his school lunches during the regular school year, even though he knows the kids there

It gave him a chance to be the center of attention at least for a few minutes a day

Sometimes I’ll draw bags on real-life figures, depending on what they’re learning in school, current events, an event we attended, or sports figures

We absolutely love superhero movies, so I’ll usually draw the flavor of the month in a string of lunch bags

On average, they take about an hour each, sometimes a little more if I get ambitious

I try not to take too long, and it goes by quick when you’re watching TV, or Netflix

I’ll use paints, markers, and/or colored pencils until I get the desired effect.

Even though he’s in middle school now, he continues to take these decorated lunches to school

Over the years, he’s broken out of his shell when it comes to meeting other kids

I like to think I’ve helped him do this through my artwork

He might not be the extroverted motivational speaker just yet, but he’s definitely not the loner sitting by himself in the corner

He still requests the bags and I’m sure it’s a mental security blanket to know he won’t be at a loss for words when put into a new environment

Some people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we like to think lunch is the most creative

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Beth Arriaga
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4 years ago

Best. Dad. Ever. "It only takes an hour or so". Sir, Your love and dedication will make the longest lasting impression on his life and knowing how much he is loved. Awesome.

Birdgirl45
Community Member
4 years ago

But he doesn't have to be the extroverted motivational speaker, introverts are perfect

Misterscooter
Community Member
4 years ago

Introverts are perfectly fine but this is a good way for him to exercise the other side so that he can use the extroverted traits when necessary.

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Janine B.
Community Member
4 years ago

I think you are his real superhero. Great job!

Carmen Elena
Community Member
4 years ago

You´re right. He has to draw himself in one of those bags!

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Kimberly Robinson
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4 years ago

You, sir, are an excellent artist! More importantly, you are an incredible dad! I really admire you. A lot of parents would just shrug and say, "He'll grow out of being shy", but you took proactive steps. The lunch bag art is amazing! Oh, how I would love to have a Star Wars lunch bag, especially Princess Leia!

sexy_scorpio_3MD
Community Member
4 years ago

That is amazing!! Great job being a dad and supporting your son and helping to give him confidence! Amazing art work!! How long does it take you to do each one on average?! These are fantastic!!

Community Member
4 years ago

Thanks. On average about an hour.

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Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

i hope you keep them all!

Community Member
4 years ago

Most of them that survive are in a box for posterity.

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Matthew Hyder
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, this dad is fucking cool. <3

Lachlan Steininger
Community Member
4 years ago

I like that the 15th image all the bags match to each other

Serge
Community Member
4 years ago

Very impressive to keep doing this every day. Where do you find the time to do so....

Community Member
4 years ago

Each bag takes about an hour to do. Easy when you’re just watching tv after dinner. After 550 bags, I’ve managed to distill it down to know where to focus the details.

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Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Every time your son gets one of these bags he's reminded that no matter what happens with his shy ass, dad's got his back. I'm sure that gives him a solid foundation to build on. Great stuff!

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
4 years ago

How great is this story?!

Jon Sleeper
Community Member
4 years ago

You're a very talented artist and a great Dad.

Caroline Huot
Community Member
4 years ago

Best Dad of the year award goes to DomNX!!

Misterscooter
Community Member
4 years ago

Thanks for explaining how much time it takes and for showing what you use to make this amazing artwork.

Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

So incredibly well done. And thoughtful. And loving.

Lululoohoo
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing art & an amazingly dedicated dad.

Lucka
Community Member
4 years ago

Genuine LOVE. I believe he should market his artwork ( very creative)

Alia Gail
Community Member
4 years ago

aw, really sweet!

Linda Hobart
Community Member
4 years ago

Fabulous! What s wonderful idea. You created a safe and great atmosphere for him to make new friends. Kudos to you you talented parent!

Maria T.
Community Member
4 years ago

That porg. Adorableness.

Sushi Smack
Community Member
4 years ago

it. is .AMAZING!!!!!! great dad.

Caryl de Vries
Community Member
4 years ago

Great stuff dad - these are masterpieces. Now we need to think of a way to preserve and display them! Great story

LOski
Community Member
4 years ago

Usagi Yojimbo <3

Lisa Greene
Community Member
4 years ago

These are phenomenal!

Bernarda Gilbert
Community Member
4 years ago

Wonderful dad, big heart, and sensitive to your son’s growth and development. Congratulations on your beautiful artwork, and your son will follow your steps through what you have set forth.

Bernarda Gilbert
Community Member
4 years ago

What a wonderful dad. You are so awesome, you helped your son grow in such an ingenious and loving way as an artist. You are very talented, continued success and wishing only the best for your son, who will be such a wonderful example like his father.

Nitsirk Fry
Community Member
4 years ago

What a wonderful thing to do for your sonny! Super talented!

Stormtrooper A113
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4 years ago

This is absolutely beautiful. Amazing work, and such a great way to help your child. You're the kind of person that changes the world. Keep doing what you do!

Kiahna
Community Member
4 years ago

These NEED to be made in stores. Lots of people would love to have these for their lunch bags. And it would be an awesome conversation starter.

Dark Half
Community Member
4 years ago

wow .. you're a pro. i like the totoro one.

Community Member
4 years ago

Disco Afro Totoro, FTW!

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Aud Wey
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4 years ago

You are sooooo talented!!! And a very very good father!!! Your boy must be so proud, and so do you!

Not Your Average Potato
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4 years ago

Dad of the year. Good job

Angelique Thermes-Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

So great!!!!

Kristel Bijnen
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, this is so awesome! You definitely deserve the Dad Of the Year award! What a beautiful way to help your son! As his dad, you know exactly how much help and what kind of drawings he needs. Excellent!! I'm sure he'll treasure these bags for the rest of his life! And when he looks at them (now and in the future too) he will always know who his real and favorite superhero is! Beautiful work!!

Skylar Rowe
Community Member
4 years ago

That is so cool!

Kerry Pye
Community Member
4 years ago

what an amazing idea

Addie Tovera
Community Member
4 years ago

This is freaking awesome, also, that's already way too much colored markers at the last pic to make me jealous.

Anne
Community Member
4 years ago

How very very cool! 😍

Priya Shah
Community Member
4 years ago

Nice!!

Sora Lyra
Community Member
4 years ago

Such a talented dad and great hero for his son.

Sašo Muc
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing

Birdgirl45
Community Member
4 years ago

Full name you're an asshole

Konstantin
Community Member
4 years ago

was he really shy tho

Kacy Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Where's the stranger things characters at? Lol

Bon Ofasitch
Community Member
4 years ago

Why doesnt he save himself some time and tell his pussified son to grow a pair.

Community Member
4 years ago

Because he might turn out like you.

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Yugan Talovich
Community Member
4 years ago

Good work, but kids ought to learn how to solve problems themselves. When I was little, we moved around a lot, so I was always the shy new kid with the weird name. I am grateful to my parents by helping me by supporting me and letting me learn by myself, without adult interference, how to break the ice and get to know people.

Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not going to his class and telling the kids to be his friend. I'm giving him the tools to instigate conversations. The same way you practice catching or kicking a soccer ball with a kid. The way you help a kid by teaching him to read or do math. I'm not playing the sport or taking the test for him. It's up to him to ask and answer questions about the bag.

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Alexandra Szőke
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4 years ago

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Its awesome, but horror figures like Slenderman isnt a bit too much? I mean Slenderman is a story about a monster who kills children :\

Birdgirl45
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4 years ago

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Idk why you're being downvoted, I totally agree with your point

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Beth Arriaga
Community Member
4 years ago

Best. Dad. Ever. "It only takes an hour or so". Sir, Your love and dedication will make the longest lasting impression on his life and knowing how much he is loved. Awesome.

Birdgirl45
Community Member
4 years ago

But he doesn't have to be the extroverted motivational speaker, introverts are perfect

Misterscooter
Community Member
4 years ago

Introverts are perfectly fine but this is a good way for him to exercise the other side so that he can use the extroverted traits when necessary.

Load More Replies...
Janine B.
Community Member
4 years ago

I think you are his real superhero. Great job!

Carmen Elena
Community Member
4 years ago

You´re right. He has to draw himself in one of those bags!

Load More Replies...
Kimberly Robinson
Community Member
4 years ago

You, sir, are an excellent artist! More importantly, you are an incredible dad! I really admire you. A lot of parents would just shrug and say, "He'll grow out of being shy", but you took proactive steps. The lunch bag art is amazing! Oh, how I would love to have a Star Wars lunch bag, especially Princess Leia!

sexy_scorpio_3MD
Community Member
4 years ago

That is amazing!! Great job being a dad and supporting your son and helping to give him confidence! Amazing art work!! How long does it take you to do each one on average?! These are fantastic!!

Community Member
4 years ago

Thanks. On average about an hour.

Load More Replies...
Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

i hope you keep them all!

Community Member
4 years ago

Most of them that survive are in a box for posterity.

Load More Replies...
Matthew Hyder
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, this dad is fucking cool. <3

Lachlan Steininger
Community Member
4 years ago

I like that the 15th image all the bags match to each other

Serge
Community Member
4 years ago

Very impressive to keep doing this every day. Where do you find the time to do so....

Community Member
4 years ago

Each bag takes about an hour to do. Easy when you’re just watching tv after dinner. After 550 bags, I’ve managed to distill it down to know where to focus the details.

Load More Replies...
Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

Every time your son gets one of these bags he's reminded that no matter what happens with his shy ass, dad's got his back. I'm sure that gives him a solid foundation to build on. Great stuff!

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
4 years ago

How great is this story?!

Jon Sleeper
Community Member
4 years ago

You're a very talented artist and a great Dad.

Caroline Huot
Community Member
4 years ago

Best Dad of the year award goes to DomNX!!

Misterscooter
Community Member
4 years ago

Thanks for explaining how much time it takes and for showing what you use to make this amazing artwork.

Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

So incredibly well done. And thoughtful. And loving.

Lululoohoo
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing art & an amazingly dedicated dad.

Lucka
Community Member
4 years ago

Genuine LOVE. I believe he should market his artwork ( very creative)

Alia Gail
Community Member
4 years ago

aw, really sweet!

Linda Hobart
Community Member
4 years ago

Fabulous! What s wonderful idea. You created a safe and great atmosphere for him to make new friends. Kudos to you you talented parent!

Maria T.
Community Member
4 years ago

That porg. Adorableness.

Sushi Smack
Community Member
4 years ago

it. is .AMAZING!!!!!! great dad.

Caryl de Vries
Community Member
4 years ago

Great stuff dad - these are masterpieces. Now we need to think of a way to preserve and display them! Great story

LOski
Community Member
4 years ago

Usagi Yojimbo <3

Lisa Greene
Community Member
4 years ago

These are phenomenal!

Bernarda Gilbert
Community Member
4 years ago

Wonderful dad, big heart, and sensitive to your son’s growth and development. Congratulations on your beautiful artwork, and your son will follow your steps through what you have set forth.

Bernarda Gilbert
Community Member
4 years ago

What a wonderful dad. You are so awesome, you helped your son grow in such an ingenious and loving way as an artist. You are very talented, continued success and wishing only the best for your son, who will be such a wonderful example like his father.

Nitsirk Fry
Community Member
4 years ago

What a wonderful thing to do for your sonny! Super talented!

Stormtrooper A113
Community Member
4 years ago

This is absolutely beautiful. Amazing work, and such a great way to help your child. You're the kind of person that changes the world. Keep doing what you do!

Kiahna
Community Member
4 years ago

These NEED to be made in stores. Lots of people would love to have these for their lunch bags. And it would be an awesome conversation starter.

Dark Half
Community Member
4 years ago

wow .. you're a pro. i like the totoro one.

Community Member
4 years ago

Disco Afro Totoro, FTW!

Load More Replies...
Aud Wey
Community Member
4 years ago

You are sooooo talented!!! And a very very good father!!! Your boy must be so proud, and so do you!

Not Your Average Potato
Community Member
4 years ago

Dad of the year. Good job

Angelique Thermes-Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

So great!!!!

Kristel Bijnen
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, this is so awesome! You definitely deserve the Dad Of the Year award! What a beautiful way to help your son! As his dad, you know exactly how much help and what kind of drawings he needs. Excellent!! I'm sure he'll treasure these bags for the rest of his life! And when he looks at them (now and in the future too) he will always know who his real and favorite superhero is! Beautiful work!!

Skylar Rowe
Community Member
4 years ago

That is so cool!

Kerry Pye
Community Member
4 years ago

what an amazing idea

Addie Tovera
Community Member
4 years ago

This is freaking awesome, also, that's already way too much colored markers at the last pic to make me jealous.

Anne
Community Member
4 years ago

How very very cool! 😍

Priya Shah
Community Member
4 years ago

Nice!!

Sora Lyra
Community Member
4 years ago

Such a talented dad and great hero for his son.

Sašo Muc
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing

Birdgirl45
Community Member
4 years ago

Full name you're an asshole

Konstantin
Community Member
4 years ago

was he really shy tho

Kacy Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Where's the stranger things characters at? Lol

Bon Ofasitch
Community Member
4 years ago

Why doesnt he save himself some time and tell his pussified son to grow a pair.

Community Member
4 years ago

Because he might turn out like you.

Load More Replies...
Yugan Talovich
Community Member
4 years ago

Good work, but kids ought to learn how to solve problems themselves. When I was little, we moved around a lot, so I was always the shy new kid with the weird name. I am grateful to my parents by helping me by supporting me and letting me learn by myself, without adult interference, how to break the ice and get to know people.

Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not going to his class and telling the kids to be his friend. I'm giving him the tools to instigate conversations. The same way you practice catching or kicking a soccer ball with a kid. The way you help a kid by teaching him to read or do math. I'm not playing the sport or taking the test for him. It's up to him to ask and answer questions about the bag.

Load More Replies...
Alexandra Szőke
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Its awesome, but horror figures like Slenderman isnt a bit too much? I mean Slenderman is a story about a monster who kills children :\

Birdgirl45
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Idk why you're being downvoted, I totally agree with your point

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