I normally only do one book review per month; a summary of the books that I’ve read. But this book I recently discovered is so inspiring I felt it required a post all of its own.
My seven year old daughter has been talking a lot about filling up her bucket and those of others around her and how it makes her happy. I was intrigued to know more, so I asked her teacher about what they had been doing. She told me they had been reading this book and discussing the concept behind it. It seems that they have been aiming to put it into practice in their everyday lives.
It is such a simple but very effective idea. The book explains that everybody carries around an invisible bucket, which can be filled or emptied by themselves and others. Ways of filling the bucket include being kind and helpful. When you are kind to someone else you fill, not only their bucket, but yours as well. Bullying, being mean or unkind will empty a bucket.
It is based on the concept that if you make someone happy, then you will feel happy yourself, with the opposite also being true. But the way it is explained makes it so easy for a child to grasp and learning about it in a school environment has meant that my daughter has taken wholeheartedly to this ideal, using bucket filling as part of her every day language.
We have a number of books that look at simple ways of teaching children to think positive, reach for their goals and be kind to others. They were bought after my husband and I got sick of the ‘I can’t do it’ attitude and the incessant arguing that seemed to be constantly erupting between our children. Now we have our own copy of ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’ to add to the collection. I have to say that this book is probably the simplest, yet most effective message of them all.