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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 of the biggest predictors of whether women get postpartum depression and anxiety is if they had something not only during pregnancy, but before pregnancy as well. For women who struggle with prenatal depression and anxiety, as many as fifty to eighty percent continue to have symptoms postpartum." Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at MenGetPregnantToo
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We are all the result of our genetics and our upbringing. Nature and nurture. The percentages of the recipe may be debatable, but the cake’s out of the oven: we are our parents’ products, for better and for worse. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Changing careers, or working toward physical or psychological self-improvement can, at a minimum, be daunting. But not all changes have to be all-encompassing or immediate. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at MenGetPregnantToo
When you are a parent of a child, and also a child of a parent afflicted with dementia, how do you plan for what’s coming? Sometimes, you just don’t. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Though these diseases can manifest themselves through myriads of different symptoms, the caregivers’ challenges (and stresses, and fears) are remarkably similar. While families are often thrown into a state of panic by the realization of what steps must be taken to protect their parent, medical staff who specialize in caring for patients and their families rarely encounter a scenario they are not familiar with. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at MenGetPregnantToo
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Here is a panel discussion on CTV News Channel with Todd van der Heyden, Hadiya Rodrigue, Jason Rockman, and me. Topics include: Male birth control pills are closer to becoming a reality Inner Circle - A dating app designed by a team of moms #DeleteFacebook : Is it time to dump the platform due to privacy concerns? Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at MenGetPregnantToo
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While my son’s gift was uncovering the revolutionary magic of analog needles and grooves, my gift was reliving my adolescence through the hums of base notes and the vibrations of rock-band-meets-orchestra working its way through my bedroom floor. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at MenGetPregnantToo
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You cannot control whether someone chooses to share their struggles, but you can quietly try to alleviate your own. The process is so slow, I know. Years, perhaps. If ever I come close, I’ll write about it. Until then, I’ll keep reading books, and attending therapy, and stealing advice. And, on January 31st 2018, I’ll share blog or two, and fire off some tweets, and wonder and hope whether someone out there actually had a year of feeling better. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at MenGetPregnantToo
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What happens when a meat-loving father has his diet (and his morality) questioned by his animal-loving daughter? He gets a quick lesson in veganism. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at MenGetPregnantToo
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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