I received promotional items from Bucket Fillers, Inc. in exchange for the post below. All opinions expressed are my own.
We are big on kindness in this family. It’s something I try to practice daily as a parent, and there’s no greater hope of mine than to raise kind, happy, kids.
But I’d be lying if I didn’t say we STRUGGLE with kindness daily. Between sibling rivalry and a child who often misses social cues due to a social disorder, kindness doesn’t always come natural to my kiddos, so I love incorporating tools to help reiterate the lessons I’m attempting to teach.
One of the best tools in our kindness arsenal are books. Our favorite series that helps teach kindness is the Bucket Filling series by Michigan-based author Carol McCloud. These books are definitely favorites in our house. Not only do they have beautiful illustrations, but the concept is simple for kids: Be kind, and you fill someone’s bucket. Be mean, and you ‘dip’ from their bucket.
About Buckets, Dippers, and Lids
The latest book in the series, Buckets, Dippers, and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness takes bucket filling and bucket dipping one step further by adding the idea that we also have an invisible lid. We “use our lid” to protect and keep the happiness in our bucket.
With one in five U.S. children ages 3 through 17 having a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder, I love that this book empowers children to not only consider their own happiness, but also to protect it. Putting a value on emotional health early in a child’s life absolutely has the potential to make an impact in the life of a child.
The concept is presented in a simple manner so even younger kids can understand its meaning. Even the illustrations speak volumes with people of ALL backgrounds and abilities represented throughout.
Buckets, Dippers, and Lids is not just a children’s book either; it’s for adults too. On an adult level, your bucket is your mental and emotional health. On a child’s level, your bucket holds your happiness or your good thoughts and feelings. While other people can affect your happiness, your happiness belongs to you and you can learn to protect it.
The three chapters can be read, discussed, and practiced separately. Three concrete objects – a bucket, a dipper, and a lid – help readers see and learn what adds to happiness, what takes some away, and what protects it.
This concrete concept helps readers of all ages grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, empathy, and forgiveness, which can help lead to a healthier self-concept, more positive relationships, and greater happiness.
Overall, this book, and the entire Bucket Filling library are a must! Don’t forget about all the fun swag either — perfect for classrooms or PTOs!
I am excited to give away a set of books and swag from Bucket Fillers, Inc. U.S. residents ONLY. Your email will be collected via Gleam for contacting you should you win, but never, ever added to any list without your consent. Giveaway ends on June 14, 2018 at midnight.