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Willie Mays said that good players can play with their bodies, but great players play with their hearts and minds as well. The same is true for fathering. In Covering Home, author Jack Petrash combines a love for children with his love for the game of baseball to give fathers, or fathers-to-be, a new perspective on raising children.

The Baltimore Orioles had a unique outfielder once named Ken Singleton, and he had an unusual habit: whenever he stepped up to bat, he would reach down and pick up three pebbles. These pebbles were a reminder that each time he batted he was entitled to three good pitches. This act heightened his awareness, and increased his patience and discipline as a hitter.

I think fathers need a similar ritual. We should stop before our front door when we are about to make the transition to our children’s world and imagine that we are about to pick up three stones. At this moment we should remind ourselves that we are going to spend these three hours with the most important people in the world.

—from Covering Home . . .

Quotes on the hardcover edition:

"Will immediately become the kind of book passed on from friend to friend, from father to father, and from father to son or daughter. . . . There are many more detailed books on fatherhood that are essential for a dad’s -library, but none so precious as this small wonder."—Publishers Weekly

"Petrash delivers more than just tips about patience and preparation, timing and tolerance. Like a veteran manager, he hands out inspiration and discipline in equal measures, and shows us how we can be more than we ever imagined."—Utne Reader

Synopsis:

The first book on fathering that mothers will love, and fathers will actually read!

Synopsis:

Willie Mays said that good players can play with their bodies, but great players play with their hearts and minds as well. The same is true for fathering. In Covering Home, author Jack Petrash combines a love for children with his love for the game of baseball to give fathers, or fathers-to-be, a new perspective on raising children.

From the first few pages of Covering Home

There is a place where out passionate commitments converge, and it is there that fathering and baseball intertwine. The lessons that I have learned in one have instructed me in the other; how in fathering as in baseball you have to work on fundamentals, develop good habits, avoid errors, work on your control, and always keep in mind that you can't win them all…

In the busyness of modern times where both parents work and travel and go back to school, fathers are repeatedly covering home. Knowing when to cover home is essential. It requires knowledge of what should happen in a given situation but also an awareness of what could go wrong. Whether it's an overthrow, a passed ball, a snow day or a sick child, we need to be alert, as well as ready and willing to act…

Like baseball, fathering is a path of development…[It] will call on us to grow in ways we never imagined.

Synopsis:

"I have so many memories throughout my life that have been provided through baseball, but the strongest ones are those provided by my father. Almost all of the life lessons that my brothers, sister and I learned from dad were related to us through baseball. Jack Petrash seems to have captured that deep connection between fathers, their children, and baseball in Covering Home." --Cal Ripken, Jr.

About the Author

Jack Petrash was born and raised in New York City. Deeply involved with the fathering movement in the United States, he writes for numerous parenting and education publications, and speaks before audiences around the U.S. and Canada on the subject. For the past 25 years he has lived in the Washington, D.C. area, where he has taught grade school. He is married and the father of three, including two collegiate-level ballplayers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781589040137
Author:
Petrash, Jack
Publisher:
Gryphon House
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Fatherhood
Subject:
Father and child
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
General Family & Relationships
Subject:
Parenting - Fatherhood
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

Willie Mays said that good players can play with their bodies, but great players play with their hearts and minds as well. The same is true for fathering. In Covering Home, author Jack Petrash combines a love for children with his love for the game of baseball to give fathers, or fathers-to-be, a new perspective on raising children.

From the first few pages of Covering Home

There is a place where out passionate commitments converge, and it is there that fathering and baseball intertwine. The lessons that I have learned in one have instructed me in the other; how in fathering as in baseball you have to work on fundamentals, develop good habits, avoid errors, work on your control, and always keep in mind that you can't win them all…

In the busyness of modern times where both parents work and travel and go back to school, fathers are repeatedly covering home. Knowing when to cover home is essential. It requires knowledge of what should happen in a given situation but also an awareness of what could go wrong. Whether it's an overthrow, a passed ball, a snow day or a sick child, we need to be alert, as well as ready and willing to act…

Like baseball, fathering is a path of development…[It] will call on us to grow in ways we never imagined.

"Synopsis" by , "I have so many memories throughout my life that have been provided through baseball, but the strongest ones are those provided by my father. Almost all of the life lessons that my brothers, sister and I learned from dad were related to us through baseball. Jack Petrash seems to have captured that deep connection between fathers, their children, and baseball in Covering Home." --Cal Ripken, Jr.
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