|Title:||Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball|
|Categories:||Birth to PreSchool|
|Number of pages:||128|
Covering Home explains principles of meaningful fathering using stories and lessons from the game of baseball. Based on the game's rich history and tradition, Jack Petrash guides fathers and would-be fathers on the path to being effective parents to their children. Speaking to fathers in their own language, Covering Home gives the insight and support men need to be the best they can be. Petrash urges fathers to give themselves to their children the way a player gives himself to the game he loves, looking at every part of himself to see how he can improve; to involve themselves in their children's lives in three ways: through activity, emotion and thoughtfulness; and to have patience - with themselves, most of all.
Jack Petrash is a father and grandfather and a long time Waldorf class teacher at the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD. He loves baseball!
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.