Love That Boy

What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent's Expectations

by Ron Fournier

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 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.


Recent Reviews

Love That Boy

Emma Billingsley

4.5 Stars

This was a very informative book that tugs at your heartstrings. It tells the story of a child with Aspergers. Anyone who has ever been around someone will appreciate this story. However, I think it would have an even deeper connection with…

Read Review

A father love, a memory building road trip and a book we should all read.

shannon griffin

5 Stars

Love That Boy isn't just about a father's loving his boy but about every parent loving their child unconditionally and with…

Read Review

Love That Boy

Julius McCarter

3.5 Stars

Ron Fournier's Love That Boy:  What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me about a Parent's Expectations is a memoir written for every father to read.  In it, Fournier recounts the story of learning to…

Read Review

What every parent should ready

Abhijith Jayakumar

3 Stars

All kids are special is what the author conitnue to say, but it is difficult for parents when a child is gifted. An amazing read, the journey of a father and an aspic son to bond and connect while coping with the renewed expectations. The…

Read Review

Candid, Inspiring

Lisa DeSherlia

5 Stars

This is a parential memoir. Ron Fournier, the author, is a political columnist for the Atlantic and the National Journal.  He began growing his family and started his career in Arkansas. He covered then-Governor Bill Clinton before…

Read Review


You also might like…