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The Challenge of Practicing Self-Care as a Parent: Q&A with Clinician Catherine O’Brien

Recently, I started a mini series that explores practicing self-care as a parent. Because finding the time and energy to care for ourselves while caring for our kids isn't easy. We also might feel a palpable guilt for doing so. For instance, maybe you assume that you're a terrible parent because you yearn to get away and be alone. Each of us has specific needs, and each of us deserves...
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Binge Eating

My Body Image Dream for 2016


Today, in the , we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s beautiful piece, every year I republish a post on my personal dream (which I’ve updated since last year). It’s a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how...
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Body Image

A Powerful Body Image Book for Kids

Today, I’m excited and honored to share my interview with Judith Matz and Elizabeth Patch, creators of the powerful kids book Amanda's Big Dream. It tells the story of a girl who dreams of a solo in the Spring Ice Skating Show. But her confidence plummets when her skating coach makes a comment about her weight.

I’ve known Judith and Elizabeth for several years now, and have featured their important work here on...
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Boys & Men

3 Common Myths About Eating Disorders

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The goal is to increase awareness and education about eating disorders.

Eating disorders are serious illnesses. But, sadly, in our society, they're both belittled and deeply misunderstood. That's why, today, I'd like to focus on dispelling several common myths about EDs.

Below, two experts from the Eating Recovery Center share the truth behind the misconceptions.

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Disordered Eating

7 Tips To Help Kids Cope With Stress

Stress can spark disordered eating. While the relationship between the two is complex and varies by person, many people turn to food -- or away from food -- in times of stress. Controlling food intake becomes a way to cope.

In other words, "many people react to stress by under- or over-eating," according to Jamie Manwaring, PhD, a primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Hospital.

When stress...
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Books

Helping Your Child Have A Healthy Relationship With Food: Part 3 With Dr. Katja Rowell


This is the last part of my interview with Dr. Katja Rowell, , a feeding specialist and author of the must-read book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More. (I highly recommend it for all parents!)

Below, Dr. Rowell reveals the practical and effective ways parents can help their children build a healthy relationship with food. Specifically, she follows...
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Disordered Eating

Myths & Facts About Feeding Your Kids: Part 2 With Dr. Katja Rowell


One of the things I love about feeding specialist Dr. Katja Rowell's new book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More is that it debunks many damaging myths about what it means to raise a healthy child with a healthy relationship with food.

The problem with these myths is that they steer parents in the wrong -- and unhealthy -- direction....
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Books

Helping Adoptive Parents Overcome Feeding Problems: Q&A With Dr. Katja Rowell


November is National Adoption Month, so I wanted to talk about an often neglected yet critical concern for adoptive and foster families: problems with feeding.

It's a very complex issue, but kids who are adopted or in foster care tend to be especially susceptible to eating struggles. And, unfortunately, the resources on feeding are scarce. Or, if parents do receive advice, it's often misguided, exacerbating the problem and leading kids to obsess over food.

That's...
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