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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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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
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
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
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
On yesterday's appearance on City TV's Breakfast Television, I talk with Joanne Vrakas about how parents can, with their kids help, keep control of their summer schedule, as well as their sanity: Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
My kids have begun to participate in online activities where interaction with others is possible. As parents we become too complacent once our children are occupied and quiet. The Animal Jam team was making sure I remained plugged in. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
Before becoming a parent I can remember being put off when asked if I could work overtime - or weekends - to replace So-and-So because they had their kids. Now, here I am. Now I am most likely the cause of someone else's occasional misery. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
-Do you have a five or six-year-old who refuses to eat certain foods? -Is the dinnertable becoming a battle of wills instead of a family gathering? -Is the worry about your picky eater causing stress for your family? Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
Absolutely. As I wrote: "My reaction, in 2014, would be similar whether that point of view was expressed by my son or my daughter. I would encourage them both to have a marketable skill which they can set aside if they choose - and have the luxury to be able - to take care of their children full time."
How would society react to 17-year-old boys openly admitting that marrying a woman with strong career potential was a high priority? What if they kept their eye out for a good provider? Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
My most recent interview on Breakfast Television Montreal, Joanne Vrakas and I talk about the "Welcome to Parenting" website, which may be the ultimate online resource for new parents. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
What if, instead of spending time (you may not have) scouring online and off line pages searching for general answers to your very specific concerns, there was one destination which offered personal, accurate, and tailored information? Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
"Dad, remember that project I told you we were starting at school? With the boats?" "Ummm, oh yeah! With the boats!" Please don't tell me I have no memory of enrolling my 9-year-old in a Naval Academy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
Hey, N.E.M.M., Don't despair. 2.5 years later, my son now build whatever shapes he feels like building on his own...I think the instructions served as kindling in our fireplace. Keep Calm and Carry On! Thanks for reading:)
My most recent interview on Breakfast Television Montreal, Joanne Vrakas and I talk about my vasectomy experience, and why I think men should be encouraged to have the procedure, rather than ask their partner to be in charge of birth control. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
A special thank you to Mike Cohen, from the Montreal Suburban for his interest in my new book "Men Get Pregnant, Too (despite never pushing a watermelon through a pigeonhole)". Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
I simply accept there are people I will never be: such as Brad Pitt. The guy is perfect. Frustratingly, tauntingly, consistently perfect. If he were a pizza he would have all your favourite toppings, be fresh, be delivered on time, and be free. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
My new parenting book is now available as a paperback and for download at as well as its international affiliates! It is page turner which will sure ignite conversation within couples who have--or are ever planning-- on having children. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
Do it. All you REALLY need to undergo a vasectomy, is balls. Here is some reassurance for squeamish men. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
You're a blogger. As a time management exercise, you and your spouse have agreed to set aside one day weekly during which you have the house to yourself to focus strictly on your writing. Now, there should be no excuses. Why is it then, after nine hours you're still behind schedule? Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
I have just returned to the latter half of a Canadian winter, after the kinetic warmth of the Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans. Last year, I wrote about my angst leading up to and my exhilaration heading home from the second annual summit in Houston. For the 2014 conference, I wasn't sure what to expect from it. Even more destabilizing, I wasn't sure what to expect from myself. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
Kirk Millson's "9,000 Miles of Fatherhood - surviving crooked cops, Mexican moonshine and teen-age angst on a journey to the End of the road" is about being human. About how difficult it can be to connect with your child. About the work it takes to make an emotional connection. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
Once the doomed mission drew 202,586 volunteers, the simian reaction was surely: "Holy shit! All they had to do was ask the humans!?" Most parents would give their lives for their children. Others, it seems, would just give their lives. Just ask people? That's a scenario the monkeys and dogs could have come up with on their own. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
I was recently contacted by a Master of Public Policy student at Simon Fraser University who, as part of a thesis is studying Canadian fathers' use of parental leave. The student included a survey to be completed by fathers with at least one child born or adopted since 2010, and who lived and worked in Canada at the time. The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo
While it’s my pleasure to prepare most of the family meals at home, the first thing I will spend disposable income on is meals out. There’s nothing like being served and being cleaned-up after. I can’t wait to be a ninety-year-old in diapers. Pure heaven. It’s this level of ‘Where’s the Beef?’ fast-food thinking which perverted a recent ski trip into a guilt trip. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at MenGetPregnantToo