Love That Boy Shelf Awareness
LOVE THAT BOY is a uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.
Tyler and I inch toward the Green Room, in line with blow-dried TV anchors and stuffy columnists. He’s practicing his handshake and hello: “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President.” When the couple in front of us steps forward for their picture, my teenager with sky-blue eyes and a soft heart looks up at me and says, “I hope I don’t let you down, Dad.”
What kind of father raises a son to worry about embarrassing his dad? I want to tell Tyler not to worry, that he’d never let me down. That there’s nothing wrong with being different. That I actually am proud of what makes him special. But we are next in line to meet the president of the United States in a room filled with fellow strivers, and all I can think about is the real possibility that Tyler might embarrass himself. Or, God forbid, me.
“Love That Boy is a gift to families of all kinds. Tyler is a reminder of why being a parent, whatever the child’s condition, is at once the most important and challenging job in mankind.” —Tom Brokaw, journalist, news anchor, and author of The Greatest Generation
“Love That Boy is so honest, raw, open and unafraid … Ron’s written a book about the grit and love it takes to get through life, and he and Lori emerge from those years with a stronger family and an appreciation for living that all of us can only hope to feel some day.” —Former White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino
“Ron Fournier has done a masterful job capturing the troubles and triumphs of parenting.”
—Stephen Gray Wallace, MSEd, President and Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE)
“In this aching, honest, and moving account of coming to terms with his son’s Asperger diagnosis, Ron Fournier speaks to every parent who has struggled with, not only accepting but embracing, his or her child’s differences.” —Madeline Levine, Ph.D. author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well