Bullying, violence, and general meanness is mitigated by true stories that make
frequent use of a timeless four-letter-word.
HOWELL, Mich.–(Business Wire)–
A new book is promoting the use of a popular four-letter-word to stop the
bullying and violence in schools and families. The word is “love”.
TrueBucketfilling Stories: Legacies of Love by Stacey A. Lundgren, has already
earned all five-star reviews on Amazon including thumbs-up ratings from
psychologists, school principals, and parents.
After teaching thousands of students in hundreds of schools, Lundgren knows that
replacing `do not bully` with `do love` is more effective. As the mother of five
children, she knows that children do as we do, not as we say. They need
examples. “The purpose of the book”, she says, “is to tell true stories of real
people who chose to be kind and the positive, even miraculous things that
happened because of those choices.”
Lundgren herself has been touched by some of life`s toughest challenges:
divorce, abandonment, suicide, child molestation and physical abuse, and spousal
abuse. These issues cause pain. Children who bully act out negatively because
they are angry. Instead of saying “Stop it!” give them positive, believable
examples they can follow. “The key”, says Lundgren “is teaching empathy to
children while they are young.”
“Ordinary people are the real heroes in this world. Children deserve to know
them. Give a child someone positive and loving to look up to! It should be
someone they can personally see, hear, and hug, instead of an
impossible-to-emulate, fictional super-hero or sports figure that could morally
crash and burn at any moment. Give them the characters in these stories for a
starter. But best of all, give them you,” says Lundgren, co-owner and lead
presenter of a successful Michigan-based character education company.
The programs are based on the 40+-year-old metaphor of the bucket and the dipper
created by Dr. Donald O. Clifton: When our “bucket” is full, we are having
positive emotions-happiness, gratitude, etc. When they are empty, we might be
feeling sad, angry or envious. A bucket filler is a person who is caring,
respectful and loving. A bucket dipper is the opposite. Bullying is bucket
True Bucketfilling Stories: Legacies of Love is experiencing brisk sales since
its recent release date of February 22, 2010. One reviewer, psychologist Dr.
Jeffrey Betman, wrote “This is a great teaching book…I was brought to tears a
few times…read (this book) for inspiration and as a reminder about the majesty
of the human spirit.” And from elementary school principal Melissa Heller, “This
is one of the best teaching tools I`ve seen.” The book also received an
enthusiastic endorsement by Michigan`s 2009/2010 Teacher of the Year and 2010
finalist for National Teacher of the Year, Robert L. Stephenson.
It is available on Amazon, at all book stores, and through the publisher.
True Bucketfilling Stories: Legacies of Love (ISBN: 978-0-9843366-0-9)
by Stacey A. Lundgren
Peace Mountain Publishing, Inc.
Ages 8 to adult
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Laura Michaels 517-376-3090
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