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Dad Writes 690 Inspiring Lunch Notes For Daughter To Boost Her Confidence And Ease Her Anxiety
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Dad Writes 690 Inspiring Lunch Notes For Daughter To Boost Her Confidence And Ease Her Anxiety

The uplifting messages helped ease his daughter's anxiety at school.

Source: Instagram/chrisyandle
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Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 4, 2021. It has since been updated.

One Louisiana family can attest to the power words can have. Chris Yandle has been sending his daughter uplifting notes in her lunch box to boost her morale at school. What started as a motivating gesture on August 14, 2017, ended up lasting years. The dad has sent Addison at least 690 notes that are filled with words of affirmation and heartfelt life advice. Sometimes, dad's sense of humor also comes through in a lot of them! Some of them include "Some days you're the dog and some days you're the fire hydrant!" and "Have a goal or a dream? Be like a postage stamp—stick to it until you get there. Always dream big."

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The father-of-two told Good Morning America what inspired the inspirational messages. "It makes me feel like I'm doing my part as a dad," Yandle said. "Seeing how she's growing up and how well she's done at school, her mindset, her attitude -- if I was able help her find that confidence and mold that change then I've done my job as a parent." The family had to move around a lot due to Yandle's career in college athletics. They had to move back home to Louisiana when he lost his job in 2016. This was Addison's fourth school in 5 years and quite obviously wouldn't have been an easy time for her. "After all the moves, this was finally the moment where we started to notice that she was anxious, worried about school and nervous," Yandle said. "I was blaming myself and felt awful and that's where the notes started. I wrote her a message, slipped it in her lunch box and I kept doing it. It was my way of saying, 'I'm here, I'm back.' I was present," he said. "I realized about a month or two in, I was writing them for her just as much as I was writing them for me. Because I needed that reminder of 'Hey, you can get through the day.' A lot of these things parallel our lives."