Eating Disorders Caregiver Burnout, by Becky Henry

Parents and other family caregivers of those with eating disorders often want to give up and/or run away. Anxiety and fear are normal reactions to seeing your child/family member disappear before your eyes.  The demands on a family caregiver are so profound I often...

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Eating Disorder Parent Coach – Becky Henry, CPCC

 During what feels like a lifetime ago while trying to support a loved one in eating disorder treatment, I had almost no support. It was in the dark ages of treatment research in which parents (especially mothers) were seen as the cause. Not super helpful as you can...

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Meant To Be Moments at Airports, by Becky Henry, CPCC

In the, “you can’t make this stuff up” category or as my friend and fellow author, Mary Treacy O’Keefe would call it, “a meant to be moment” I had an encounter at the Birmingham airport on the way home from presenting with Carlus Houston at the University of AL Eating...

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Eating Disorders Caregivers and Shame

Parenting kids who have a propensity to feel worthless and unlovable is not easy to say the least. Each week in the online group support that I facilitate we have a topic that we use to illuminate the challenges family caregivers of those with eating disorders are...

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Self-Sacrifice in Caregiving

Speaking on the phone with a family caregiver the other day talking about their overwhelm and exhaustion, they were telling me that their self-sacrifice was draining. I asked them one of my favorite questions: “How much of your time is spent taking care of you?” They...

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Am I enabling my child’s eating disorder? By Becky Henry

Every day in the USA at least 23 people die from eating disorders. Full disclosure, I dislike the term “enabling” a lot. And it is the 8th topic in my HUG Kits because this is a real issue that families are facing. The line between being a supportive caregiver or...

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Communication Tips from HUG Kit, by Becky Henry, CPCC

When family members of those with eating disorders come to me in distress, one of the top topics on their minds is how to communicate with both their loved one and with the treatment team. Sadly, the treatment team has typically not met us when we were not in crisis...

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HUG Kits Education Topic Preview, by Becky Henry

When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness, some of us find we run and hide and pretend it’s not happening. Some of us will be frozen with fear, some will want to learn everything possible. And I’m sure there are dozens of other responses. What I know is...

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HUG Kits Oxygen Mask Sneak Preview

In case you missed my newsletter on St. Patty's Day, you can catch it here on my blog. As we get closer to the launch of the HUG Kits on May 9th, I'm sharing tips from each of the 10 topics covered in the HUG Kit Guidebooks that accompany the 10 videos and the...

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Support Tips from the HUG Kits

Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere after a long, rough winter for so many! We just arrived back in snow-covered Minnesota a few days ago and had the joy today of experiencing the first 50 degree F (above zero) day here on the tundra! While it is a joyful thing...

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3 Tips to Notice Emotions During Caregiving by, Becky Henry

After speaking at Rosewood Outpatient (thanks Dena Cabrera!) in Tempe, AZ with staff and parents about including parents in treatment and having shift happen, I’m back in California...now in the Central Coast Region. We’ve always heard it’s fun to drive the entire...

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Carolyn Costin’s Story, by Becky Henry

A true pioneer in the eating disorders field, Carolyn Costin generously shared her story so you can have hope. Please enjoy her revised chapter which will soon be in the Revised Second Edition of my book, Just Tell Her To Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders....

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