Unconditional love, parenting, and eating disorders, by Verena Radlingmayr

Remember that first time you held this precious, tiny little wonder in your arms? Remember the feelings you had? Before you were wondering if you could be a good parent, there was this feeling of love, wonder, and so much love. It flowed freely, unconditionally. Your child didn’t have to do anything to deserve this love. It was enough s/he …

Love your child for they are – not who you wish they would be

One of the hardest things about parenting is separating our own identity from that of our child. We all dream of success for our child, but often these dreams are a fantasy definition of success and reflect more about what we want(ed) out of life than what our child wants out of life. Learning to see our child as a …

How to love someone who has an eating disorder

When our child has an eating disorder, we need to learn new parenting skills so that we can give them the love that will help them recover. A parent’s unconditional and informed love can make all the difference in recovery. Here’s how to love your child when they have an eating disorder. 1. Learn as much as you can about …

A recipe for soothing your child with love instead of food

When your child is upset, sad, anxious, depressed, or any other negative feeling, it’s perfectly natural to think about food as a way to make them feel better. Who hasn’t thought about offering ice cream, a favorite meal, or a visit to Starbucks as a cure for the blues? Most of us have used food as a form of soothing …

How parents can build healthy food habits & body image in kids

Parents in our culture all worry about one thing consistently: their kids’ food and body. As surprising as it may seem, this worry, which is dramatically increasing every year, is largely unnecessary and often results in poor health – the exact opposite of what we actually want!

When parent and child both have an eating disorder

We often hear about parents who have a child who is diagnosed with an eating disorder and, once they understand the symptoms, realize that they fall within the eating disorder spectrum, too. There are two ways this can go. The first is that you already knew you have an eating disorder, and have either tried to treat it in the …

A mom’s letter to her daughter who called herself fat

Even the most body-positive parent with a strong knowledge of Health at Every Size can feel overwhelmed when their sweet child calls herself fat. We can talk about positive body image all we want, but when negative body thoughts inevitably find their way into our daughter’s head, we may feel frozen and ill-equipped to respond. What not to say when …

New Year’s Resolutions for Rebel Parents

Are you a rebel parent? Are you willing to break the current parenting expectations and bring a kinder, gentler, and more mindful approach to raising your child? Are you ready to help your child avoid, heal from, or reduce the severity of an eating disorder? If so, read on! Resolve to accept your child as they are First, you must …