You may hear your children talking about their invisible buckets. No, they are not pulling your leg. They really do have an invisible bucket…and so do you! In Carol McCloud’s book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? she teaches us that everyone has an invisible bucket. This bucket holds all of our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. When people say or do kind things to us, it fills our bucket. In contrast, when others say or do mean things, it dips into our buckets and takes out some good thoughts and good feelings.
Each year I have had the privilege of sharing this story and philosophy with every student at Winfield Elementary. Your children will become familiar with the phrase, “You filled my bucket” or “Please don’t dip into my bucket,” as we say these quite often at school. Using these phrases at home can help our children understand that there is a connection between home and school, and we are all on the same team. In the past, families have shared with me that this philosophy has even helped with sibling relationships at home. Testimonies like that fill my bucket!
McCloud, C. (2016). Have you filled a bucket today?: A guide to daily happiness for kids. Brighton, MI: Bucket Fillers.