This blog was originally created with some reluctance.
During my wife's pregnancy with our oldest child, I often felt at odds with how to deal with my own anxieties while also trying to be a supportive partner to her.
After all, what pregnant woman wants listen to her husband complain about fatigue and phantom symptoms?
When I sought an outlet for my angst from outside sources—friends, colleagues, etc.—I was often told "Oh, clam up! You're not the one who has to push a watermelon through a pigeonhole."
So I clammed up...and instead, wrote a book.
An agent showed interest, but quickly followed up with "You, know, you should start a blog!"
A what? A blog?
I had knowledge of how to begin such a project, and (I thought) no time to devote to it.
That was in June 2011.
That month I had a vasectomy (you weren't expecting that bit of info, huh?)
I started MenGetPregnantToo.com the next day with a post about being clipped:
Since then, the blog has grown into more of a parenting column revolving around interviews and issues, and fewer cute stories about my kids.
If I had to develop a mission statement for this site, it would be to help remove the element of competition which seems to constantly exist between mothers and fathers, and stay-at-home parents and office parents, and all the other groups we fight to include ourselves in.
Where parenting is concerned, there is no false labour. Period. (The 'u' isn't a typo, I'm Canadian, dude.)
Since its inception, the site has been recognized and lauded (Reader's Digest Canada—to mention one such accolade—called it one of the country's best parenting blogs - the only dad on the list).
I have also grown as a parenting writer and columnist, appearing regularly as a contributor on radio and television and also authoring a weekly column "Questions Parents Ask" for Lifeworks.com, which is carried by their sites in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.
That column won the Platinum Marcom Award as part of the three-person blogger team at Lifeworks.com.
You may also notice that this site is free of advertising, product reviews, and giveaways (with the exception of a book or two).
I do not accept endorsements or payments as trade for space on my blog. On a few occasions, I have written posts in exchange for donations to charities.
In other words, I try to keep this site clutter-free and message-rich.
As my one-line bio states, when I'm not writing, I'm running (or healing a hamstring). I also enjoy movies, and restaurants, and travelling...oh, and I am also a husband of one, and a father of two. Thanks to the vasectomy, that last stat is unlikely to change.