Families everywhere are being tested with new social distancing recommendations. This means families are spending a lot more time together and a lot more time together at home. Clearly, life is not as easy as it was once before and we are finding new ways to stay active and happy without putting our lives at risk. But it is a challenge to spend so much time together. While family time is important, so is time apart. That’s why we should remind ourselves of why we appreciate our family, every member. All you need is a bucket filler box and a little anonymity to get started.
A bucket filler box is a great way to show how and what you appreciate about the other members in your family or household.
What is a Bucket Filler Box
A bucket filler box is a simple idea that you may be familiar with already. Kids in school set up boxes on Valentine’s Day that they set on their desks. These boxes are then filled by classmates with cards and notes of appreciation. Some classes pass out these cards secretly and others do it not so secretly but how it is filled doesn’t matter. That box is a bucket filler box. It is filled with love and kindness that helps inspire kids to be loving and kind in return. As we age we lose a bit of that magic and wonder but we can bring it back home when we need it the most.
Who Gets a Box
Everyone. In fact, you can make a day of it by pulling together crafting supplies and building the boxes together. Each member of the family or household can make their own, unique bucket filler box using things they love. The box can be designed to be hung from a bedroom doorknob or from a sticky hook on the wall outside of your bedroom. Think of it as an indoor mailbox that is meant only for the members of your home. Don’t forget to make it so that it could be easily accessed by every member of your home as well.
What Goes in The Box
The final and most important step of the family appreciation bucket filler box is what goes in the box. Every member can write on a card or piece of paper what they appreciate most about the other member. For example, mom can write one thing she appreciates about her daughter and slip that card in her daughter’s bucket filler box. Each member of the family will do the same. When you put the notes in the box is not important either. You could make it a surprise or everyone could do it nightly, writing something different each time. Here is the thing, you don’t have to tell who wrote what. You could make a game of it by having everyone guess who wrote it or you could keep it a secret. The choice is up to you.