Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots, due out in Spring 2018, is a collection of parenting articles written by Jeremy exploring the challenges and joys of being a father to his twins. He writes about what was involved in getting ready for his kids to be born (and what he wished he knew then), the struggles in getting his kids to sleep through the night, the strange bonding of helping his kids use the toilet, the anxiety of school, trying to keep his marriage together, and trying to determine whether he is being a good father or not.
Every article was written on his 40-minute commuter train ride to work after he had left his family.
They are snapshots in time, moments of reflection and, as is Jeremy’s style, honest and revealing not only about his life but how it is affecting him.
The articles are organized into several categories so that you may read it all the way through or focus on the topics of most importance to you in that moment. Each article is about 1-2 pages, easy-to-read bite sized chunks, of parenting life with morsels of humor, insight and the reality of being a parent today.
Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots Chapters:
In the Beginning
Looking at many of the things Jeremy wished he knew and had to figure out to be ready to be a father–with no role model or someone to turn to for advice.
Building Your Bond
This chapter looks at the traditional and different ways Jeremy was able to bond with his children.
It’s 3:00…AM or PM?
Sleep is one of the biggest challenges of parenting…not getting enough, helping them go to sleep, what to do when they wake up in the middle of the night and much more.
I Don’t Want To Go…But I Have To Leave
With his wife a stay-at-home mom for more than four years, Jeremy left his whole family every morning and this reflects the difficulties as well as things he did to remain connected to his family while not being around during the day.
And They Said This Was Going To Be Hard
They say parenting is going to be hard, but there really are so many ways parenting can be challenging including how Jeremy needed to rethink and even grow to better meet the needs of his children.
They’re Not Little Anymore
The challenges don’t stop as they grow older–for both the parents and the children.
When Do We Find Out Our Grades?
Parenting is in part so hard because we don’t really know how we are doing as parents until our children are grown up, which is too late to change anything. This looks at a few ways we can tell how we are doing along the way.