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Covering Home, Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball Hardcover – 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Robins Lane Press
  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Robins Lane Press; First Edition edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876592175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876592175
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,523,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This excellent book is that greatest of all rarities, a book for fathers about how to parent written in language most fathers can easily understand! Wow!!
The key message: Put your children first, and be there to build a life with them and for them.
I highly recommend this book to prospective fathers who want to start getting ready, to practicing fathers who want to improve, and to fathers who know how to do better than they are performing now and want to be reinspired. Moms and wives: This is a great gift book for you to give to future and current dads.
Baseball is the metaphor used here for fathering, and it works well. The book looks at "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 you can't win them all." "'Covering Home' is part spring training, part team building, and part clinic." As in baseball, for fathers "knowing when to cover home is essential."
One of the parts you will relate well to comes in the introduction when Mr. Petrash talks about remembering playing catch with his dad after work, and then doing the same with his own children (including his daughter). I could feel the hot, humid stickiness of heavy air again just before the street lights came on and the chill began, just to think about those days. Ah . . . what wonderful memories baseball brings of time with fathers and children!
Mr. Petrash knows what he is talking about, having been a single parent of 2 sons and a daughter after a divorce, combined with his day job as a teacher.
The book has nine lessons, just like the number of innings in a regulation game. He also has some extra inning advice if it goes longer.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ron on November 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is practical as well as philosophical. It offers sound advice and a wellspring of rich concepts. I am a pediatrician and father of two girls. I read Covering Home as a resource for others. Instead I find myself reflecting on a phrase or concept while with my own kids. I have been recommending this book heartily and look forward to sitting down for another read. It is filled with heart, soul, wisdom and baseball. What more could be said?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In Covering Home: Lessons On The Art Of Fathering From The Game Of Baseball, Jack Petrash interweaves advice and insights on how to be an effective, loving father with anecdotes and allegories of baseball. Using terms and illustrations from baseball, Petrash shows that to be a good father takes similar qualities required to be a good player: be present, establish routines early in a child's life, keep bad situations from escalating out of control, and avoid dwelling on parental failures by focusing on successes. Covering Home is one of the most reader friendly, accessible, and effective "how to" books on parenting ever written specifically for Dads.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Speaking as a single baseball mom struggling to cover home, I applaud Jack Petrash's approach to parenting. His common sense but maybe a not so common approach of listening to the kids sets the tone for day-to-day encounters. "Covering Home" is refreshing in its lack of 'must buys'and 'must haves' for children and offers the clarity of a simpler time when just being there was good enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I really liked the lessons you can learn from this book. It gives a great overview what to expect and what to do with your children as a caring parent. Having three sons myself i often had the same experiences as described in this book. I really can recommend it, also, coming from Munich in Germany, i do not have an idea, what baseball is about. Now i know even a little of this topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Espeseth on October 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book helps you get your perspective right. Illustrates how to shift gears from life's distractions to focus on what your kids really need from their dad. A great gift for a new dad.
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