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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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Online does not tolerate "Can't handle it." Social media doesn't retweet "I wish I had more time." Facebook doesn't like "I'm not sure I'm ready for this." Your exhibition has become fake news. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
As with addiction, when reaching out to someone with dementia one can only prod, and suggest, and hope. Often, however, there must be a bottoming out—a physical or psychological cellar, a darkness through which the ill cannot see without guidance and advocacy. My mother fell into that cellar this past April. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
Even in 2017, a twenty-four year old intern is not going to ask his fifty-year-old boss to scrub the office of offending materials. An intern won't tell his boss his jokes aren't funny. An intern won't tell his boss that, perhaps, the waitress doesn't appreciate being whistled at. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
Teaching your children responsibility is one of the backbones of parenting. Why, then, is it so difficult to know how much is too much, and how soon is too soon? Sometimes the hardest thing for an adult to do is to let their child grow up. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
On BT Montreal, we discuss some tips for helping your pre-teen transition from elementary school to high school. This can be a challenge for both parents and children who may be nervous and concerned for what lies ahead : Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
When I watch my kids text their friends—their necks strained toward the floor, giving them a profile of a lower-case "r", like a lamplight with a loose shoelace—it no longer makes me grit and spasm. What was it then? Why, despite meditation and a determined sense of acceptance, do social media habits still drive me crazy?! Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
My physical tenderness fosters a complimentary sympathy from my kids: "Can we wrestle, Dad, or is your back sore?" As with all life forms that have come before me, I am barrelling towards extinction. My most recent reminder of this came courtesy of my dentist: Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
Discussions about women's biological clocks are fairly routine. Interestingly, studies have begun to pop up showing that men, too, experience decreasing fertility sooner than we first thought. When asked, men also admitted to feeling deep regret about choosing career over parenthood. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
As a writer, after years of wondering whether I should address any given topic, I finally have come to enough terms with one subject in particular that it was time to ask, "Why am I not writing about this one?" Why am I not writing about my mental health? Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
The make-up artist said to me, "I don't know what to buy my husband for Father's Day!" "Why Don't you ask him?" I said. That seemed to be a new concept. That was part of this more philosophical conversation Joanne and I had about the evolution of Father's Day, and the gifts that go with it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
If you REALLY read the report, the division of domestic labor may have NOTHING to do with divorce rates. This could be because of snoring, drinking, infidelity, or a hatred of cats. We...just...don't...really...know. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
A new study suggests that, despite giving birth to an apparently healthy baby, the conditions in utero may have lasting effects which can be noticed once a child reaches adolescence. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at MenGetPregnantToo
I find some of my children's new behaviors worrisome. I have listed them below, in no particular order: Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at MenGetPregnantToo
A recent article in The Atlantic, quotes a study which suggests a strong percentage of girls still feel more comfortable with men in roles of authority: politicians, heads of student councils, CEO's, etc. In this interview on City TV's Breakfast Television, we talk about why that trend is so hard to break, and why it still exists at all. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at MenGetPregnantToo
I will reveal that neither my son nor my daughter is enamored with organized sports or other activities. Fellow parents are often taken aback when they ask whether my child is signed up for such-and-such or so-and-so, and I answer "No," and "No." And that's okay. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at MenGetPregnantToo
This morning I sat down with Elias Makos of BT Montreal to talk about some of the common social skills your kids can brush up on this summer. As with many things, I feel the best way for parents to teach is to lead by example. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at MenGetPregnantToo
I am a 44 year-old husband, a father of two children—ages 11 and 9—and the co-owner of a 1955 detached cottage which is making demands on my DIY skills that I can’t keep up with. What do I want for Father’s Day? For it all to go away. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at MenGetPregnantToo
Sometimes paradise is defined simply by being able to say "yes" or "no" all by your grown-up self. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at MenGetPregnantToo
One of the great things about this book's building block—its heart—is it can generate as much excitement and interest in a grandchild as it can in a grandparent. There are literally years of what-to-do within its pages. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at MenGetPregnantToo
Is this a justifiable romp, or just an excuse to leave your pregnant partner at home while you enjoy Vegas? As we debated, we realized...a big part of the problem was with the name! Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at MenGetPregnantToo
J'ai probablement regardé qui appelait et choisi de ne pas répondre parce que j'étais trop fatigué. Trop fatigué pour me remémorer tous les événements de la dernière année méritant d'être racontés à un ancien camarade de classe. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
I recently had a chance to sit down with Mutsumi Takahashi on CTV Montreal's news at noon. She had recently read my book "What Do I Do While You're Pregnant?", and I was pleased to answer her questions: Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
I'm happy to announce that my book "What Do I Do While You're Pregnant?", in addition to being available for Kindle and in paperback on Amazon, is now also being distributed through all the major online retail outlets. This means it can now also be enjoyed on the Nook, iPad, and Kobo Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
With my son heading away to Scout Camp this weekend, I reread a post I had written one year ago about the lessons I'd learned the first time I saw this group of kids gain autonomy the moment the stepped away from their parents. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo
I had a great debate about a dad-to-be's role during his partner's pregnancy, and after birth with the whole panel on CTV's The Social. The pulled no punches! Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at MenGetPregnantToo