Encourage Kindness at Home with This Fantastic Book

Books are powerful. A really good book has the power to change you a little bit. It is wonderful when you can find a book that changes your family forever. Today, I’d like to talk about one of those books. This book has helped our family to encourage kindness at home- and that’s a beautiful thing!

Encourage Kindness at Home with This Fantastic Book
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Several years ago, my husband found a gem of a book on the “free” table of our town’s transfer station… and it changed the way our family talks about kindness.

Encourage Kindness at Home With This Fantastic Book

I have trouble picking favorite books because it is so challenging to choose, but if I had to pick the one book that changed our family for the better, I would select Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud.
Encourage Kindness at Home with This Fantastic Book
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids is an award-winning book provides a metaphor that helps kids to think about those around them. The basic premise is that everyone carries with them an invisible bucket. During the day, we all make choices and we can choose to be bucket fillers—those who make others feel good—or bucket dippers—those who make others feel lousy. This book changed the language I use as a parent and has had a lasting impact on our family.

This little book inspired a family kindness project that changed our family for the better. This kindness project is super-simple to implement and it leaves lasting ripples!

More books to encourage kindness at home:

Here are some of our family’s absolute favorite books to spark empathy and encourage kindness at home and beyond:

And, if you are looking for something holiday-related, my youngest adores this one:

Looking to take the learning to the next level?

Check out these wonderful resources:

  • The Kindness Elves 
    These adorable little elves are the brainchild of Anna, a former primary school teacher, mom to four, and owner of the popular website The Imagination Tree. Anna started the tradition years ago with her children as an alternative to the naughty elf tradition. These little elves inspire kindness in children and spread a little magic, too! And, they can be used off and on throughout the year, not just during the holidays!
  • The Doll Kind 
    This whimsical doll empowers children to spread joy and kindness in their corner of this earth. Each doll comes with kindness tokens, which children dole out as they perform random acts of kindness. And, for every doll sold, The Doll Kind donates a doll to a child in need.

Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do you have a favorite book to encourage kindness? Share here!

Encourage Kindness at Home with This Fantastic Book | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, GeekMom

Cait is a school psychologist, mom to three amazing children, and an unexpected homeschooler. She loves nature, good books, board games, strong coffee, and dancing in her kitchen. You can read about all of these things and more at My Little Poppies. Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. She is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and G+.