In short, everyone has an invisible bucket that they carry around.
When you are feeling good and helping others, your bucket is full. If something bad or frustrating happens, some drops drip out of your bucket. With any accumulation of bad things, a bucket becomes pretty empty. You can usually tell if someone has an empty bucket by their actions or facial expressions. Often when people have empty buckets, they try to fill theirs by dipping into someone else's bucket. Trouble is, that never works.
It turns out that the best way to fill your own bucket is to try to fill someone else's. Then, both buckets get drops. Your family can make a list together of ideas for filling other people's buckets. To get you started, you can check out the list that is on the brand new tab ("Buckets") right here on the PTO website! The best part about bucket filling is that anyone can do it, anywhere, anytime! It's just as easy to put into practice at home as it is at school!
The more I think about bucket filling, the more I realize that we, as parents, can fill our children's buckets, (or sadly, dip in them, if we're not careful!). As we are still in the first month of 2014, let's challenge ourselves to fill as many buckets as we can each day! If we set that example for our kids, then maybe, just maybe, they will be inspired to fill others' buckets as well!
I will leave you with this thought…If you look for a way to dip in someone's bucket, you can always find a way. However, if you look for a way to fill someone's bucket, you'll always be able to find that too!