There’s a concept I was first introduced to at one of our schools called “bucket-filling”. I thought the idea was clever, though I was not sure if it was an idea used by that particular teacher or if it was widely used. I did some research and found out that it is not only a method commonly used in schools, but it also is a pretty large trend. Bucket-filling, basically, is showing kindness to others. You can read the story here. Stephen Covey calls this same idea “filling the emotional bank account”. People have emotional bank accounts that others can fill through kind and encouraging words and actions. On the flip side, “bucket-dipping”, or making withdrawals from the account, are negative words or actions to others.
I was doing a lesson in my Sunday preschool class that I teach on kindness, and this seemed like a great way to get the idea across to the 2, 3, and 4 year olds. Let me tell you, they are crazy about bucket-filling. It’s amazing how when you present someone with a concept in a way that is fun and that they can understand how it takes off.
That got me thinking. What if