Parental Guide to ED, by Summer Intern Anna

Parental Guide to ED, by Summer Intern Anna

Navigating an eating disorder through the role of a caregiver can be quite difficult. You may feel as though you don’t know what to say to your child or that you tend to get into arguments when you bring up certain topics. This blog post will be about things my...

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How to Define Recovery – Edward P. Tyson, MD

How to Define Recovery – Edward P. Tyson, MD

If you read my newsletter last week, you won't be surprised that this weekend is a bit wild and we're in the process of selling our house here in Minnesota. So, I'm re-sharing Dr. Ed Tyson's definition of recovery as I've been getting more questions about what...

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Cup Half Empty or Half Full? by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Cup Half Empty or Half Full? by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Looking on the sunny side of life and seeing my cup as half-full has fortunately mostly been in my nature. But when I’m stretched to my limits in too many areas, even the smallest things can feel overwhelming. You know, the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s...

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Social Media Can Be the Thief of Joy – by, Intern Anna

Social Media Can Be the Thief of Joy – by, Intern Anna

Due to the shame and secrecy with eating disorders and the fact that parents are not attached at the hip to their kids, it is often very well into the illness that parents become aware that detrimental social media behavior is occurring. The vast majority of parents...

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Self Soothing Techniques, by Intern Anna 

Self Soothing Techniques, by Intern Anna 

Today’s blog post is brought to us by my summer intern Anna. She shares her insights on how both a person in recovery and their family members can soothe ourselves during the many moments of distress. ~ Becky Henry, CPCC Self Soothing Techniques, by Intern Anna ...

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Reducing Suffering this Mother’s Day- by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Reducing Suffering this Mother’s Day- by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Big hugs to you on this day that can be such a mixed bag. It makes me think of the metaphorical boxes we put ourselves in.  What boxes do we put ourselves into you ask? Victim? Rescuer? Caregiver? The Problem? The Solution? Bad/Good Parent?  As I’ve been wrapping...

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Allowing Relief as Caregivers – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Allowing Relief as Caregivers – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Relief can be tenuous, fleeting, temporary, short lived. For family caregivers, the relief of a loved one’s progress alongside the reality of the dangers and problems that still exist can quickly take away the joy of the moment of relief and switch one back to fear. ...

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Imperfect Caregiving, by Becky Henry, CPCC

Imperfect Caregiving, by Becky Henry, CPCC

The title for this could also have been;  “Separating your Child From the Eating Disorder and Not Doing it Perfectly” “Perfection, Vulnerability and Shame, Oh My!” “Parenting our ‘Other”Children During a Child’s Eating Disorder” “Making Mistakes while Parenting a...

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Why Joy, by Becky Henry, CPCC

Why Joy, by Becky Henry, CPCC

Until I became a parent trying desperately to get my child the help needed to survive a life threatening eating disorder, I had no concept of what real sorrow and pain are. Many of you have heard me speak and know my story of not being listened to by so many health...

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Reducing Fear in Parenting – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Reducing Fear in Parenting – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

No one prepares a parent for watching a child break a dish and then cut themselves with it because they are terrified of eating what is on the plate. No one is there to help them cope in that moment with the terror they are all feeling.  Often parents share harrowing...

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Coping with Life’s Harsh Realities – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Who knew listening to Chicago Blues could be so healing? Like many of you, I’ve been sitting with the feelings that accompany the passing of a person I care about. About a week ago our friend of over 35 years made a very sudden exit from this planet (it was not Covid)...

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Accepting Realities That Stink – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Accepting Realities That Stink – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Part of our ‘Parallel Process’ as a caregiver is to accept some really harsh realities. When a child or other family member has a life threatening illness such as an eating disorder, there are unfortunately so many really unexpected and brutal realities we must...

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Pandemic Brain, by Becky Henry, CPCC

Who else is feeling it? Pandemic Brain seems to have hit me with; total exhaustion, lack of motivation, an underlying sadness and a strange feeling Bill Murray is going to walk around the corner of the kitchen because we’re probably in the movie “Ground Hogs Day” with...

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