Parents who have kids who have eating disorders often struggle alone. The sense of shame and overwhelm can be intense. I firmly believe that it doesn’t need to be this way, and I don’t want it to be that way for you or your child who is in recovery.
You don’t have to suffer alone. You don’t have to feel like a bad person. If you’re interested and curious, you can learn a lot during your child’s recovery and your whole family can come out stronger and healthier in the end.
Easy? Not really. Worth it? Absolutely.
I’m so tired of people not talking about eating disorders and not helping parents help their kids. When we stay locked inside of ourselves, we suffer, and when we suffer, our kids suffer.
Parenting is a practice, not a role. It is something best approached with intelligence and creativity, not guilt, shame, and blame. Parenting from an automatic place can send us into shame spirals and kick us right back to being children emotionally. But when we learn to bring our wholehearted, grown-up, intelligent selves to parenting, we feel better and can help our kids. You can help your kids.
Parents can be incredibly helpful in the eating disorder recovery process, but most of us don’t know where to begin, how to proceed, or how best to help our child who has an eating disorder.
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.
The Complete Guide to Parenting Eating Disorders Effectively course was made for you, especially if you feel overwhelmed with 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 intense, and every day that passes can make you feel more desperate.
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.
I’m Ginny Jones and I built and run More-Love.org. I’m the instructor for this course. I recovered from a 30-year eating disorder and have spent the last several years devoted to providing parents with information and support through their kids’ eating disorder recovery. I write the majority of the articles on More-Love.org, and I practice parenting every day.
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, Talk about hard things
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 will provide you with everything you need to know about parenting a child who has an eating disorder. With this course, you will feel more confident and calm as your child navigates treatment for their eating disorder. It includes:
- Four-week online course
- Video instruction
- Written instruction
- Weekly assignments
- Email lessons
The 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 a printable handout. You will also receive 2-3 email lessons containing a deeper dive each week.
I’m always curious about what an “online course” actually is. So here is a quick preview so that you can see what it looks like!
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. 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?
I really hope you like the course, but of course I offer a 100% refund within 30 days.
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.