Filling Buckets with More than Sand

Filling Buckets with More than Sand

Teaching your child how to give and receive love is one of life’s most important lessons. A kind child is a happy child. Each of us has an invisible bucket, waiting to be filled with positive emotions. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day. How much better do we all feel after receiving a hug, a smile or a friendly wave?

When your bucket is empty, it contains few, if any, positive thoughts or feelings. Empty buckets can easily lead to negative emotions and even physical illness. Sasee has a few suggestions to help you keep your child’s emotional bucket filled.

Filling Buckets with More than Sand

Parents and grandparents can lead by example. The next time you and your little one are grocery shopping, let the person in line behind you struggling with two or three heavy items in their hands, move ahead of you. Buy a cup of coffee for someone you don’t know at the local coffee shop. There are many small ways to show kindness to others – ask your little one to help think of some. Small, random acts of kindness will teach your child the joy of giving.

Help your little one learn to fill the emotional buckets of their peers. If they tell you about a child at school who is sad, suggest they draw them a picture or simply sit beside them at lunch. Including a solitary child in a game at recess may brighten the life of a lonely child. Again, encourage your little bucket-filler to come up with their own unique kind and loving ideas.

On Valentine’s Day, be sure your little one gives a card to every child in his or her class. Teaching a child loving kindness is a gift they will carry with them the rest of their lives.

To learn more about “bucket filling” visit There are several great books to get you started listed on this site, as well as other resources guiding you and your little ones to daily happiness.

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