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Kenny Bodanis
Montreal, Canada
Parenting Author, Blogger, and Columnist, Husband of one, Father of two.
Interests: Writing (when I'm not busy running), Running (when I'm not busy writing), movies, potato chips, reading, potato chips.
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One will say the other has no idea what it’s like to be home with monosyllabic, incontinent, explosive infants all day; the other will insist there is no pressure like being responsible for a full-time salary and obligations to the The Man at The Corporation. The consistent complaint for all of us is: pressure. And that’s what airlocks are for. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at MenGetPregnantToo
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Hopefully, moms and dads can read this book together, and spark a new discussion about how men, or other parents-to-be who are not carrying their child through pregnancy, experiences those nine months of gestation. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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CTV National News reporter Vanessa Lee stopped by my home yesterday to talk to my daughter and me about James Harrison. The NFLer returned his sons' participation trophies because he felt they hadn't really earned them; after all, real men don't get trophies for showing up; they have to beat somebody first. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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As someone who grew up trying to fit in as young male figure skater, I think this is a fantastic example of how shifting gender roles can empower both sexes. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
An interview with Dr. John Boulay about the latest methods of recognizing and treating concussions. Sending your child back onto the field too soon after they've suffered even a seemingly minor head injury could put them at risk for far more permanent damage. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Don't fret! These tips for preparing for the start of the school year begin by emphasizing getting the most out of your summer...especially if you're a parent who has been putting themselves second since the end of June. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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I know, he's a comedian. Fantastic. If that's your brand of humor, yuck it up. But there are many of us dads who work hard to be what our children expect from a parent, and what society is only very slowly awakening to. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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This morning, on BT Montreal, Joanne Vrakas and I talk about the endless labels parents assign themselves: Tiger Mom, Helicopter Parent, Free-Range Parent. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
My conversation with Pierre Poilievre - Minister of Employment and Social Development - regarding the pro's and potential con's of the conservative government's new Universal Child Care Benefit. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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"The most dangerous behaviour most North American men engage in is driving a car. And there is a good chance it is a minivan, a boxy emblem of masculine decline." Really? Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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We struggle to teach our children open-mindedness and the advantages of critical thinking; while we stodgy parents gradually seem to become convinced we have found the easiest way of doing almost everything. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Elias Makos and I talk about the challenges facing a working parent with a sick child. How do you manage deadlines? Do you have an understanding employer? Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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They created a character called Dr. Rich Mahogany. He is a man who talks about mental health in a way that our double-jeopardy men can relate to, and they pass it on to each other. It really takes the things that we know about mental health and translates them to a tone and a language and a format that can reach these men who can be very challenging to find and to benefit. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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My little 8-year-old girl has so far shown every sign of eventually becoming a self-assured, confident young adult with just the right amount of "My Way." I see no need to potentially derail that with thirteen minutes of "cleavage sells records." Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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The combination of men not having a strong support system, while also being conditioned to hide psychological weakness, has a tragic consequence. Even the men who do seek help, are unwilling to share that experience with others, leaving each person believing they are unique and alone in their suffering. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Some children learn that Santa says "No" to some toys, others will be enjoying a new tablet, and still others will be given one by Mom and/or Dad. On my most recent visit to BT Montreal, I talk with Joanne Vrakas about the pro's and con's of giving your kids - and therefore the whole family - expensive tech gifts. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Did you ever wonder if, perhaps, there is a reason Santa only delivers once annually? Perhaps he avoids using a noisy motorised vehicle, and evades and face-to-face contact, after millennia of experience with children. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Trying to find different and believable ways to dodge questions about expensive presents - and whether Santa will bring them, and why other friends have them - can be exhausting. This column hints at a couple of ideas which can - especially when reinforced over an extended period of time - help ease the burden. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
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On this BT Montreal segment, Wilder Weir and I discuss whether you spend too much time comparing your child's development to other kids'. When we do, we often lose sight of which comparisons are valid, and also of how happy we were with our child before we looked at another family. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
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During my July segment on Breakfast Television, I talk with Joanne Vrakas about how to deal with a sticky situation. How do you handle your child's friend when that friend is a baaaad influence. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
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On my latest BT Montreal segment, I talk with Alex Despatie about homework, and how the amount of arguing and stress - for you and your child - can be reduced with some simple tips: Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
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The following is a fictional short story I submitted for the Quebec Writers Federation Short Story Competition. Apparently, it made the first cut but did not qualify among the ten finalist. Following my story's elimination from competition, I was struck by two ideas: 1) Brene Brown and the idea of Daring Greatly, and 2) Remembering I began a blog specifically for the freedom to publish what I want, when I want. So, here is the submission. Thank you for reading. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
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A special thank you to BMO who will make a generous donation to the Sun Youth Organization as part of our partnership for this post. Here is your little player's chance to send their whole team to an MLS game. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
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As part of our collaboration on this post, Canadian Tire has made a generous donation to the Canadian Cancer Society on behalf of this blog. Many items mentioned in this post are also available as part of a giveaway. Just drop a word or two in the comment section, and you're eligible! Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Now a graduate of the programme, Xiaoyang Luo completed her thesis "Organisational Factors Impacting Fathers’ Use of Parental Benefits in Canada". Some of those conclusions have been summarized in this article she wrote for the Vancouver Sun. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo