As a loyal San Francisco Giants fan I am, of course, rather caught up in baseball at the moment as our home team seeks to end its long World Series drought. Naturally, this brings to mind one of my favorite parenting books: Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball by Jack Petrash.
Sometimes chapter titles inspire in and of themselves. Covering Home’s table of contents is laid out as a lesson plan, and includes such gems as “Understand the Pace of the Game and Manage Accordingly”; “Work Both Sides of the Plate”; “If You Have a Shallow Bench, Keep Your Game Simple”. Best of all, Petrash includes “Remember, You Can’t Win Them All” along with “To Be an All-Star, Make the Highlight Film (and Avoid the Blooper Reel)”. Add the phrase “as a parent” to any of those titles and you’ve got an instant mantra-of-the-day.
But most importantly, we should remember what Petrash so aptly reminds us: In parenting, as in baseball, you can miss two out of three and still make the Hall of Fame.