Questions today involve a stay at home dad’s challenge with balancing caring for his new baby and finding time to work out, and the do’s and don’ts of dealing with an ex that won’t quit calling.
Hi Mary Jo,
I’m a stay-at-home dad. How do I take care of my child and be able to work out at the same time?
Stay-at-home dads have a higher risk of depression and one of the best medicines for depression is working out, so this is important. However, after a baby there is a new normal, and learning to balance and work out with your baby’s schedule will mean everything. There is no right time to exercise, and unlike you being able to schedule it in on the same day, at the same time, it will be more about fitting it in when it works for your baby. When the baby is napping use that time to do pushups, sit-ups, or whatever else is on your workout plan or get up earlier before your wife goes to work, and make that your temporary workout time. Talking to your wife about getting your workout time in will help because working together to help both of you get your needs met minimizes the stress either one of you will feel if you try to do it alone.
Hey Mary Jo,
What do you do after a breakup when you don’t want to talk to your ex anymore and they just keep calling?
It depends on the situation of the breakup, but most commonly don’t contact him back. They’re your ex for a reason, and respect yourself enough to leave it alone. If it gets out of hand or they persist, you can change your number or block his calls and social media contacts. If you ever feel threatened in any way, go to the authorities.