Love That Boy

Love That Boy

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

Book - 2016
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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 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 journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780804140485
Branch Call Number: 618.9285 FOURNIER
Characteristics: x, 228 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 28, 2016

Insightful, with great personal stories combined with research about parenting, values and children who march to their own beat. Well-written, organized and exactly the right book right now. If you've ever struggled with matching the child you dreamed of with the child you have, you'll gain knowledge and strength. Highly recommended.


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