Has your child come home saying he/she is a bucket filler, or that someone at school helped to fill his/her bucket? Are you wondering what that means? Let me try to explain…
Each of us carries an invisible bucket. It gets filled up when someone says or does something nice for us, or when we say or do something nice in return. The opposite of a Bucket Filler is a Bucket Dipper. A Bucket Dipper is someone who tries to fill their own bucket by “dipping” from others’ buckets. They do this by being unkind. They rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. However, we know we can never fill our buckets by dipping from someone else’s. This concept is a twist on the "Golden Rule", and it really resonates with the children. We are striving to be a class of Bucket Fillers.
Periodically throughout the week, we share with each other how someone else helped to fill our bucket or how we were Bucket Fillers. Talk with your child about how he/she can be a Bucket Filler!
Books to read:
"Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and Fill a Bucket"
By Carol McCloud