Will You Still Love Me?
I’ve been reading this book a lot lately with my little guy. It’s titled Will You Still Love Me? by Rick Walton.
It’s the story of a boy who approaches his Dad with a series of hypothetical scenarios.
In each scenario he describes a different mistake or poor choice that he might make, then asks his Dad if he will still love him.
Every time his Dad tells him what he will do to help his son learn from his mistakes and have an opportunity to fix them where possible. He tells his son that he might feel disappointed, sad, or he might even panic, but each scenario ends with the words, “I will still love you. I will always love you.”
I love this book. It is well written and illustrated in a way that makes children want to look at it. When my little guy and I have had recent conversations about his behavior, this book has been a good reference point for us when I firmly tell him what is acceptable but also tell him how much I love him. He remembers this book and seems to understand. The other day he watched someone else make a mistake and said to me, “But we still love him, don’t we Mom.”
I smiled at him and said, “Of course.”
Sadly, it’s out of print, but you can still find copies for a good price if you’re interested.