Remember this little story? Well, that brilliant bucket-filling concept is working it's magic in my house again, only with the two-year-old this time.
The scene: It's been quite the day, with several timeouts happening and my patience hanging by a thread. I'm finishing up bedtime with my little guy willing myself to read a few books to him before making a break for the door (and possibly some ice cream and/or wine)...
Little guy: "My bucket is empty."
Me: "Oh really. What's wrong, buddy?"
Little guy: "My heart feels sad. I fink (read: think) I need a hug."
I have to admit that I felt completely sucker-punched in the belly after that little conversation, but it was such a good view into his little world. And I cannot say enough about this little book. It seriously makes the most meaningful analogy for kids. After my first encounter with the effects of bucket filling, I went to Amazon and ordered all three I could find with a bucket-filling theme. My little guy has only heard the Fill A Bucket one, and he eats it up. My daughter tend to enjoy the other two more. And I guess it's working, at least at times. I mean, I've been outright floored twice now. I think we'll move on to seriously working on him filling my bucket. All I want is fewer "No!"s and more "Okay Mom!"s.
Oh, how my bucket would spill-ith over!