I found the most amazing book at Border's last week. It is ranking in my top five books for teaching children about life. Actually, at the moment, I cannot think of another book that lays out how to be happy and get along with other people in simpler terms than this book does.
It is called "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud. Perhaps you've heard of it.
The book teaches kids that everyone has an invisible bucket that they carry around with them. It holds your good thoughts and feelings about yourself.
When it is full, you feel happy and good about yourself. When it is empty, you feel sad.
When we fill someone else's bucket, they feel good, and so do we, because we are filling our own bucket with good feelings at the same time.
The book also mentions being a "bucket dipper". Anytime that we are mean to or ignore others, we are being a bucket dipper, instead of a bucket filler. People who are bucket dippers usually have empty buckets themselves and think that by dipping into other's buckets they will be able to feel good about themselves, but that never works.
I am so impressed with this simple analogy. My kids latched on to it right away. It's even a great mantra for adults to remember.
There is a whole organization built around this story of kindness to others. You can see all that they have to offer at BucketFillers101.
Now you guys know that I love children's books...especially Christmas and Easter stories. Well, I wanted to let you know that right now is an excellent time to order books for those holidays, because it's sort of the "off-season" right now. Books that I have seen at exorbitant prices are now pretty cheap. "A Small Miracle" is now ridiculously cheap and coming out in paper back in September. (Previously, it had been out of print...sorry, Sue!) And with Border's going out of business, they will have some great liquidation sales! Just thought I'd let you know!
Now if you are looking for a great summer party idea, involving pirates, shipwrecks, and mayhem, then check out my guest post at Or So She Says today!