Are you terrified of your child’s eating disorder? Overwhelmed and stuck? Weary and afraid? Feel like you’re always teetering on the edge? Overwhelmed and feeling helpless? Desperate for moments of joy?
If you’re spinning your wheels and don’t know how you’re going to handle your child’s eating disorder, you’re not alone. You are NOT a bad parent!
The trouble is that we don’t talk about eating disorders enough. There’s so much shame and stigma that we forget that at least 10% of the population either has or had an eating disorder.
You are not alone. And I promise that you can handle this.
Parenting a child who has an eating disorder is not easy or simple, but this course can give you the confidence to get unstuck and start helping your child heal. Don’t spend another day making little to no progress. This course can help you, right now, to get a handle on what it means to be a parent who has a child who has an eating disorder.
The Complete Guide to Parenting Eating Disorders Effectively course was made for you, especially if you feel you’ve been held back by guilt, frustration, and shame.
Nothing is more gut-wrenching than knowing that your child is suffering and that you can help, but still not knowing what you are supposed to do! This is seriously hard work. The stress you’re feeling is probably intense, and every day that passes can make you feel more desperate.
You’re about to learn the parenting approaches and strategies that are effective for creating a healthy, happy home while your child heals from their eating disorder.
When your child has an eating disorder, it’s time to learn new parenting skills that will help you parent more effectively through the eating disorder and recovery. This course will provide you with the information you need to understand the eating disorder, care for yourself and stay strong, and create a family life that is supportive and rewarding for everyone.
Ginny Jones is the instructor for this course. She combined years of research and writing about eating disorders, psychology, and parenting with her 20 years of professional experience as an instructor, coach, and consultant.
Ginny had an eating disorder for three decades and started More-Love.org because she understands the importance of parenting in the recovery process. As a parent, she is dedicated to helping her child grow and develop in the healthiest way possible given that we live in a culture that promotes eating disorder behavior. This course represents her unique approach to parenting through an eating disorder.
Week 1: Get Ready to Grow!
1. Taking Care of Yourself
Parental Trauma, Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, Get Help, Therapy
2. Learning New Skills
Build Your Identity, Get Vulnerable, Collaborate, Make Mistakes, Don’t Take Things Personally
3. Moving Forward
Set Boundaries, Your Responsibilities, Stay in Your Lane, Household Rules
Week 2: Learn About Eating Disorders
1. Learn the Language
Talking About Eating Disorders, Talking About Mental Illness, Talking About Bodies
2. Understanding Eating Disorders
The Broken Bone Analogy, The River Analogy, Acceptance
3. Eating Disorder Behaviors
Restriction, Binge Eating, Purging, Exercise
4. Coexisting Behaviors
Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD, ASD, ADD
Week 3: Foundations of Recovery
1. Body Acceptance
Body Objectification, Health at Every Size, Diet Culture
2. Emotional Metabolism
Noticing Feelings, Talking About Feelings, Feeling Feelings, Emotional First Aid
3. Rebuilding the Self
Sovereignty, Self-Worth, Assertiveness, Shame Resilience
Week 4: Parenting in Recovery
1. Family rules
No dieting, No body talk, No tracking apps, No scales, Family meals, Family activities, Emotional intimacy
2. Managing family interactions
Co-parenting, Siblings, Extended family, Family events, Family friends
3. Understanding recovery
Denial, Resistance, Early recovery, Embracing recovery, Recovery maintenance
This course includes four online class sections, which will be distributed to you each week. Each section is broken down into chapters to help make the information easy to digest. Each chapter has several lectures containing both video and written information. You will also receive 2-3 email lessons containing a deeper dive each week. The cost for the course is $299.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: When does the course start and finish?
Once you complete payment, we will send you access to the first section of the course within 24 hours. (If you order before Nov. 1, you will receive access to the course on Nov. 1) You will receive sections 2, 3, and 4 each week following. You will also receive 2-3 email lessons each week of the course.
Question: How long do I have access to the course?
You will have full access to the course for as long as we offer it, and for a minimum of 6 months after you place your order.
Question: What if the course doesn’t work for us?
If you’re not happy with the course, contact us in the first 30 days, tell us what’s not working, and we’ll come to a resolution.
Question: My life is CRAZY! Do I really have time to take this online course?
The course is accessible on all devices, and it’s easy to take in a few sections at a time if you can’t view the whole thing at once. Lots of parents find it’s a great way to use the time spent waiting in doctors’ and therapists’ offices!
Question: Does this course tell me how to fix my child’s eating disorder?
No. This course is about parenting when your child has an eating disorder. It is not about treating the eating disorder. You will learn parenting techniques that will be helpful as your child undergoes treatment, but this is not a treatment course.
Question: Does this course make sense at a particular stage of recovery?
This course applies to all stages of parenting a child who is in recovery for an eating disorder. However, if your child is medically malnourished and you are following Family Based Treatment (FBT) regimen, some concepts may not fit until after you have comfortably exceeded the first phase of FBT.
Question: Does this course apply if my kid doesn’t live with me?
Yes. This course is designed with the best-case scenario for impacting our kids, which is when they live at home with us. However, the information will be incredibly helpful even if your child does not live with you.
Question: Does this course focus on a particular type of eating disorder?
This course provides parenting techniques that will benefit any child with any type of eating disorder.