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Before the summer months start to slow down, tempting your kids to begin their complaining about being bored, give your kids a challenge.
Suggest that they try filling their "bucket" today with just one act of kindness, love or appreciation for another person. The idea is that when we do an act of kindness it makes someone else feel good; it fills their buckets (and ours as well) in the process! Talk with your child about what action they took, encourage them to discuss how it made them feel. How did it make someone else feel? Challenge them to increase their grains of sand by including a few more people as they demonstrate acts of kindness towards others? Talk about how this can be a win-win for everyone involved. The fuller our buckets, the happier we are sure to be!
After your kids have filled their buckets a few times, surprise them by recognizing their actions with a "Glad You Filled A Bucket Today" sticker, note or just a big hug recognizing that they thought of someone else today and encouraging them to continue. You don't need to spend any money; be creative and check out the internet for many free suggestions.
A good tool to use when reminding kids that being naughty or unkind to someone else tips over our bucket and both we and the person we hurt lose.
Oh, and don't forget to take a moment or two to fill your own bucket by modeling an act of kindness for your kids to see, Make it real. Hand your partner a glass of lemonade after they finish mowing the lawn, picking up after the dog or cooking dinner. Call your mom or dad and ask how they are doing and thank them for being good parents. Let your kids see what it feels like to be recognized by someone else.
Two great books that will support your goals are by Carol McCloud:
Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Tom Rath has his own spin on filling buckets called:
How Full Is Your Bucket?
You have a whole summer in front of you. I hope by summer's end you and your kids find your buckets spilling over with happiness.