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Book Review – Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

LOVE THAT BOY

Title: Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

Series: no

Author: Ron Fournier

Published: April 12th, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: July 1 to 2, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Source: own book

Challenges:

“In our lust for academic excellence, we forget the pride and promise of our children’s first day of school. It is not their destiny on that September day to be the smartest or most accomplished children. It is their time to learn. To learn to be their best, not their best impression of what we want them to be. The next parent who Googles “Is my 2-year-old gifted?” should get a curt response: “Your 2-year-old is a gift.”

  • Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

LOVE THAT BOY 4

Goodreads Summary:

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 strives, 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 out sized 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.

“When a parent takes charge of a child’s academic success and interests outside of school, the kid loses ownership — the sense that life’s ups and downs are in the kid’s own hands, not the Mom’s and Dad’s. The goal is to help your child do the hard things “because I want to,” rather than “because I’ve got to.”

  • Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations

My Review:

I discovered this book while watching a interview with Ron Fournier on MSNBC. As someone who is working on becoming a special education teacher I tend to be drawn to books that are based on children and adults with disabilities. Therefore after listening to the interview I knew I had to get the book. And I was glad that I did.

Ron tells the story of the journey that his family went through. Three very different children – two girls and one boy but all different. The youngest with Asperger’s. Ron lets readers in on a personal journey from the discovery to working with it and creating a bond with his son. This book provided it all – a little laughter, a little shock, and a little tears (not many, mainly happy tears).

What I enjoyed was the fact that Ron did not change his life. Rather he brought his son into the world he works in and bonded with his son that way. I think Ron has done an amazing job writing a book that opens the eye for those with young children and for those who are about to have children. Because parenting is about accepting your children and being there.

MY RATING:

4 stars

 

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