Parenting is a challenging job. Nobody told us it would be easy, but that doesn’t mean that anyone gives us a manual for how to do it right. And even if they did, each of our children is unique.
While having a child who has an eating disorder is challenging, it can also be viewed as an opportunity to develop our parenting toolbox and find new ways of relating to our children. The impact of eating disorder recovery does not exist solely within the person being treated – it can also improve everyone who loves the person who receives treatment.
When we bring openness and, most importantly, acceptance to our parenting, we are able to support our children as they face their unique journey in life.