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Approaching an eating disorder as a parent requires a whole new way of understanding your child, yourself and the dynamics within your family. Books from multiple disciplines can be very helpful in beginning to untangle these systems and make progress as your child heals from an eating disorder.

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Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

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Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling

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Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

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Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager

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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

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Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

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Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

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Secrets From the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again

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StrengthsFinder 2.0

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The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

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Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body

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