During the summer of 2011, I launched my parenting blog: MenGetPregnantToo.com.
The site eventually transformed from a typical "diary of parenting life," into a collection of essays and interviews covering more serious topics, such as bullying, the peer pressures facing children (and their parents), and shifting gender roles in the workplace and at home.
Exploring parenting, through interviews, writing, and research, only made me more curious about human nature in general. I wanted a forum to explore topics and writing formats (both fiction and non-fiction) not limited to being a father and a husband. Thus the creation of KennyBodanis.com. (I was trying to conceive of a blog name which would be as general as possible...nothing like drawing inspiration from one's driver's license).
I am very proud of MenGetPregnantToo - the site was named by Reader's Digest Canada as one of the country's top parenting blogs (the only Dad on the list), and, as a blogger for Lifeworks.com, I was awarded the Marcom Platinum Award for writing.
It has now lead to the birth of this blog - which I will begin to nurse through its infancy.
While I begin to curate content for this site, I have included below links to some of my favourite posts from MenGetPregnantToo.com .
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy reading away.
During Covid-19, changes to one’s body may be a normal part of a changing routine. However, emotional distress, despondency, or obsession are - and should be treated as - red flags of a more serious problem.
“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."
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.
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.
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 barreling towards extinction.
My most recent reminder of this came courtesy of my dentist:
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.