- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Nelson Publishing (5 Dec. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0978507517
- ISBN-13: 978-0978507510
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 26.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids Paperback – 5 Dec 2013
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A graduate of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990's, Carol taught early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.
Carol is an award-winning author, Talent Smart® Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer, and member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She delights in presenting the bucketfilling message to audiences of all sizes and ages. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket filler in their daily walk.
Carol lives with her husband, Jack, in Venice, Florida and spends summers in Brighton, Michigan.
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my young son really understands it well, and can talk to him about how he's feeling- how full his bucket is!, and filling peoples buckets (i.e. making someone happy by saying doing nice stuff to/for em), and about emptying peoples buckets (i.e. making them sad by being mean etc),
in the book its also shown how filling someone else's bucket also fills your own - though i suppose it could create a more selfish wish to fill the bucket, the end result is still good- and it is so true- i've so often found that willingly doing good for other people does feel good- as does people doin good for you : )
It also shows bullies may have empty buckets - and says they try to take from other peoples buckets to fill their own, but it doesn't work- emptying someone else's bucket empties, not fills their buckets..........
And theres a really sweet bit, where it suggest different ways of filling buckets, such as letting your grandad you like spending time with him, and suggesting they fill a bucket now - to tell your mum or dad you love them, and why you love them, and watch them smile as it fills your bucket :) (it works : ) .
This means this book is also good for teaching communication of feelings, appreciations which so many of us sometimes forget to do-(and how often does this cause problems in various relationships?,) as well as encouraging focusing on and appreciating the good in life which can also result in feeling happier.
I do change one thing when reading tho, instead of saying `you need others to fill your bucket and others need you to fill theirs', I say `other people can fill your bucket, and you can fill theirs', as surely we can fill our own buckets too if we have the right mindset??.... but apart from that, the book is pretty much spot on I think.
I immediately started telling the boys (who were not behaving very well before Daddy sat down with them to read this, because overtired and needing to wind down, and likely to return to whacking each other at the suggestion that post-story, the brush their teeth) - I applied the bucket metaphor and praised/flattered each one of them with how they'd filled my bucket that day (look at me, focusing on the positive, but it works, alongside cuddles). You've got to give my eldest credit, though, for sensing he's being "managed", or perhaps for wanting to undermine the positive message, when he mimed scooping out the good stuff from everyone's buckets (called "bucket dipping") - i.e. taking the message about the bad from the book.Read more ›
HOWEVER, my 6 year old absolutely loves it - he'd heard it in school and begged me to buy it. It puts across in a visual and easy to understand way some pretty tricky concepts i.e if you are kind you make someone feel good and 'fill' their bucket, if you are unkind you become a 'bucket dipper' and empty the other person's bucket.
My son's class now discuss who has behaved well or poorly using the concepts from this book. I've also used this book in my own school with some children who have behaviour/social/friendship issues and it has proved to be extremely successful.
One issue I have, which has been picked up by another reviewer, is the page which says, 'You need other people to fill your bucket'. If we are trying to teach children emotional resilience and self-reliance, I think it's important that they can understand they can change their own feelings or 'fill their own bucket' too. Although this subject could probably be a whole book by itself.
As an adult this book doesn't have the 'cross generation' appeal of many others, however it clearly appeals to children greatly. In my opinion any book that encourages children to explore and understand their feelings and relationships with others is a valuable resource. I would definitely purchase again. It works equally well on a one to one basis at home as with a class or within a whole school assembly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book - talks about being nice to others and how to make yourself and others feel goodPublished 5 days ago by VJS
Fantastic books. Originally purchased for my son who has ASD but they are so good that the school has started to use them for all children.Published 6 days ago by TIM LACEY
Ok, it's American, but a lad bought this into class and the sentiments (show kindness to others and you'll get it returned) are universal. Read morePublished 24 days ago by sausage
My youngest son (just 6 years old) enjoyed this book, but his father thought it was "too American".Published 1 month ago by Big Daddy
This is a fantastic book, would recommend to anybody adults as well can learn a lot from it. I love talking with my grandchildren about filling our buckets. Delivery on this was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Artistic
Such a fab book to help teach children how important it is to be kind to each other!Published 1 month ago by s d waite
Really lovely book to help children understand how being kind to others helps them feel good. I'm a clinical psychologist and use it in both individual and group work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hele
Lovely book. Great lesson and easy to understand. My 3 year old is able to understand and link the concept to her own and others behaviour and emotions.Published 2 months ago by Salstar79