Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"Reading is Fun" Favorite #3: I Love You Because You're You

This is a simple little children's board book that I've had since Kai was about a year old. It's not a children's classic or anything, but the message in the book is one I love reinforcing in our girls.

Basically, the gist of the book is that the mommy fox loves her baby fox whether he be angry, silly, scared, bashful, or naughty. She loves him no matter what he does or doesn't do. She loves him just for being himself. It is a simple sing-song poem that teaches kids that their moms and dads love them even when they may feel unlovable.

When Kai gets in trouble or I seem frustrated with her she inevitably asks me, "Do you still love me?" And everytime, no matter how frustrated or angry I am, I completely melt. I want my girls to always understand that I love them no matter what. That no matter what they do or what happens nothing will be able to change that. Heck, I think it's something even adults can stand to hear more.


Pennie said...

I'm a new reader to your site... I've read this to my girls a couple of times. My oldest daughter is almost 5 years old, and she is at the stage where she asks that question a lot. It hurts my feelings to know that I've maybe hurt hers, lol... this is a wonderful book!

jen said...

Thanks for commenting! I know, it just about killed me the first time my 4-year-old daughter asked me that question. I think the world is such a scary and uncertain place for kids that they just need reassurance that we love them sometimes. Still, I love this book for helping open that line of communication in an easy way!