A few months ago, Sarah wrote a post on body image that got a lot of comments. She noted that she has been pretty careful about keeping her weight in a tight range. She finds this keeps her from feeling distracted by negative thoughts, but she wondered if this was evidence of being influenced by the diet culture/patriarchy.
In this episode of Best of Both Worlds, we talk more about this topic (so, note — if you find this topic triggering, you might want to skip this week). I have not kept my weight in nearly as tight a range, though I do pay aim to stay active, get enough sleep, and eat my vegetables. That’s about all the mental effort I want to put into this subject. Sarah and I discuss our somewhat differing views on this topic and discuss how body image issues interact with pregnancy and nursing too.
In the Q&A we tackle a question I’m getting frequently. Lots of folks are still doing virtual/flexible work, and plan to keep doing so. If you’re in an office 9-5, you really can’t pick up your kids after school. If you’re working from home and working flexibly, you can. So…should you? As people set their school year schedules there is a lot to think about, and we note that this doesn’t have to be an either/or question. You could end work early two days per week and have the kids do after care the other three. If you have slightly older kids, you can take a break to get them and then have them play independently while you finish your work day. There are lots of options!
Please give the episode a listen (well, or don’t if you find it triggering!). How has remote/flexible work changed your after-school plans?