I think if children are filling their own bucket rather than someone else's it avoids the negative consequences of an empty bucket, as children are in control of their own behaviour. The idea (if done correctly) is that their own 'invisible' bucket is filled when they do a good deed for someone and thus, are consiously learning the affect their behaviour can have on others.
It should not be a record of the nice things people have done for you, but of the nice things you have done for people.
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