When our children develop eating disorders, we must understand that they are struggling with issues much deeper than food and their bodies. And yet the way they eat (or don't eat) may be a critical clue to help us understand how we can help. The very first way in which we care for our children … Continue reading Decoding the language of eating disorders through art and metaphor
At True U, we offer a combination of yoga, meditation and “True Talks” for adolescent girls with the goal of encouraging them to explore their feelings and connect with their true selves. Through our partnership with More Love, we've adapted our True Talks for parents to use one-on-one with their children where appropriate. True Talks … Continue reading Writing with your child in recovery for an eating disorder can lead to meaningful conversations and healing, by True U’s Annie Shiel and Merideth VanSant
When your child is in recovery for an eating disorder, he or she needs professional care that supports the development of a healthy self-image, teaches self-care techniques, and builds self-efficacy. Parents engage a treatment team to do the therapy, but the majority of healing takes place at home, with parents and siblings in the front line of … Continue reading Getting a dog for your child who is in recovery from an eating disorder
If you have a daughter who is in recovery from an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, it is likely that her weight will fluctuate, and possibly increase, during recovery. This is a natural reaction to the fact that she has been using her body as a coping mechanism rather than honoring its natural hunger … Continue reading Your daughter in recovery for an eating disorder is probably terrified about gaining weight. Visit a museum to remind her that beauty comes in all sizes
Eating disorders are often described as a coping mechanism for handling difficult emotions. While your child heals from his or her eating disorder, professionals will support the development of healthy emotional coping skills. One key skill is the ability to reflect on a situation and recognize that thoughts can be processed without harming the thinker. … Continue reading Journaling to recovery – helping your child heal from an eating disorder by developing a journaling practice
When a child is struggling with an eating disorder, she or he is also struggling with self-worth, emotional instability, depression, moodiness, and anxiety set amongst generalized adolescent angst. As a parent, it can be very challenging to handle all of those feelings and contain them. But the good news is that we don't have to contain … Continue reading What to do together: art therapy for kids with eating disorders – even if you don’t draw!
If you live with a teenager, then you have probably noticed that it can be very challenging to connect with her or him. While it might have been easy to find things to do together when she was younger, as she grows up, it can be harder and harder to find common interests. But connection … Continue reading Volunteering with your child may help with anxiety, depression, and eating disorder behaviors