Ron Fournier’s book “Love that Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations” comes out in paperback today.
The publisher and editor of Crain’s Detroit Business wrote the autobiographical tale about being a father to his son, Tyler.
“For guys, all we have to model on is our fathers, and that was a mistake I made with my son,” Fournier tells Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson. Fournier says his wife helped push him into learning the best approach for bonding with Tyler, who has autism.
The paperback edition of the book comes two days after Fournier published a feature about Detroit mogul Dan Gilbert’s relationship with his son, Nick.
Gilbert’s oldest son has a rare nerve disease that causes tumors to grow in his head, and Dan tells Fournier about what Nick has taught him about being a good parent. Both the profile of Gilbert and Fournier’s book are glimpses into the personal lives behind public personas.
To hear more from Fournier on Detroit Today, click on the audio player above.