Online Course: How to Parent When Your Child has an Eating Disorder

If you are a parent who has a child with an eating disorder, this online course will help you cope.

You can make a HUGE difference in your child’s recovery from an eating disorder!

Julia’s life has been hijacked. And she never saw it coming.

Everything seemed to be going fine. Sure, her marriage has been a little rocky lately, and her youngest son could get a little wild. But overall, Julia was pretty satisfied. Her older daughter Molly had good grades, was in the orchestra, and played softball.

Everything seemed fine until …

But then Molly’s best friend said that Julia wasn’t eating and was “acting weird.” Her coach called to complain that she wasn’t working as hard at practice and seemed uninterested. Things quickly came to a head one day at the supermarket. While Julia was busy wrangling Molly’s little brother away from the cupcakes, Molly passed out.

She just dropped to the floor. In the middle of the supermarket.

Julia didn’t know what to do. A crowd formed around them. Someone offered Julia a granola bar and a bottle of water to give Molly. Slowly, Molly’s eyes opened. She took a sip of water, but shut her mouth tight and turned away from the granola bar.

How can my child have an eating disorder?

Scared, Julia took off work the next day and drove Molly to the doctor to be evaluated. The doctor recommended they see an eating disorder specialist. An eating disorder? Molly? How was it possible?

The next few weeks were a blur. Julia had to miss tons of work, and Molly was missing school. Julia felt overwhelmed and scared, but her husband dismissed the problem, saying it was just a phase and would all work out.

Molly’s therapist seemed great, but she was working with Molly, not Julia. So Julia found herself feeling scared, isolated and depressed. She was slipping at work and was worried about being able to keep her job. Julia didn’t feel comfortable telling anyone what was going on. She was terrified and alone.

I feel like I’m doing everything wrong!

Worst of all, she felt like she kept saying the wrong thing and doing the wrong thing all the time. She was walking on eggshells because she didn’t know how to talk to Molly about the eating disorder. Desperately afraid of making mistakes and hurting Molly’s recovery, she was pretty sure that she was messing up.

The problem is that, like so many parents who have kids who have eating disorders, Julia wasn’t getting the education or the support she needed to make it through her daughter’s recovery.

She thought that focusing all her resources on Molly was what she should be doing, but as a result she was overwhelmed, struggling, and panicked.

I need help!

Parenting a child who has an eating disorder is labor-intensive and terrifying. Many people who have recovered from an eating disorder say that their families either made it easy or hard. Sadly, in most cases families were unhelpful when it came to creating an environment that supported eating disorder recovery.

But it’s no secret that parents can also smooth the path and make recovery easier for everyone in the family. It just takes knowledge and practice. Julia doesn’t have to keep suffering. She can make things better for her family … and for herself.

If you are a parent whose child has an eating disorder, then this online course can help you.

Get The Help You Need to Feel Better

If you’re like Julia, then you really want to do this right. You really want to create a home environment that is recovery-friendly, or at least won’t make the eating disorder worse! You are tired and scared, and it feels unfair that you have to shoulder this burden alone.

I want to help. I’m an eating disorder expert and I’ve interviewed hundreds of people in recovery and tons of eating disorder experts, and I have asked every one of them what parents should do to help their kids recover. This course has the answers you need to make recovery from an eating disorder easier for everyone.

This online course helps you parent when your child has an eating disorder. It will help you:

  • Understand what you can (and what you shouldn’t) do to support recovery
  • Get the support you need to be a good parent despite the stress
  • Learn what you need to know about eating disorders
  • Find out how to make your home safe for your child’s recovery
  • Set up family rules for recovery
  • Maintain and deepen your family connections
  • Feel confident that you have done everything you can to help

What’s in the Course

This online course provides you as a parent with the information you need to understand your child’s eating disorder. After this course, you will feel more confident that you are helping – not harming – eating disorder recovery. The course includes:

  • Four weeks of online instruction
  • 12 email lessons
  • 4 printable homework sheets 
  • 72 printable handouts
  • eBook: 5 Secrets to Parenting a Child Who Has an Eating Disorder
  • 30-day guarantee

Here’s a quick overview of what the course will look like:

Week 1: Get Ready to Grow!

In the first week, we’ll take a look at how you can take care of yourself as your child navigates eating disorder recovery. You may think it’s important to dive right into what’s going on with your child, but the most important thing experts tell me is that it really helps when parents have hope and self-compassion.

It turns out that how we feel about ourselves as parents translates to our kids. And while in recovery from an eating disorder, our kids really need us to take care of ourselves.

You know how when you’re on an airplane you need to put the oxygen mask on your own face before you assist others? This is very much the same! You need to take care of your own emotional state in order to be an effective ally to your child.

In this section, you’ll learn:

  • How to take care of yourself so that you can care for your child
  • Learn self-compassion so you can model it for your child
  • Accept that you are going to make mistakes (and that’s OK)
  • Set some boundaries and household rules

In addition to the online course videos and content, you will also receive homework and three email lessons.

Week 2: Learn About Eating Disorders

In the second week, we’ll take a deep dive into eating disorders. You’ll learn the language of eating disorders and what you should and should not say to your child who has an eating disorder. It can be really stressful to change the way you think and talk about food and bodies, but this week you’ll learn everything you need to know to stop walking on eggshells and you’ll feel a lot better!

In this section, you’ll learn:

  • How to talk about eating disorders
  • Why eating disorders happen
  • The most common eating disorder behaviors
  • How to handle coexisting conditions like anxiety, depression, etc.

In addition to the online course videos and content, you will also receive homework and three email lessons.

Week 3: Foundations of Recovery

In the third week, we’ll review the actions you can take right now – at home – to support your child’s recovery from an eating disorder. We’ll cover body acceptance and the concepts you need to understand in order to make your child’s recovering body feel safe, loved, and accepted.

This is where a lot of parents make mistakes. We live in a culture that is awful to bodies, so sometimes the hardest part of recovery is the fact that we have to recover into a disordered culture. What you do at home can make all the difference to how your child feels about their body as they recover.

In this section, you’ll learn:

  • How to talk about bodies
  • What is diet culture and why is it so dangerous?
  • How to provide emotional first aid
  • Rebuilding your child’s self-worth

In addition to the online course videos and content, you will also receive homework and four email lessons.

Week 4: Parenting in Recovery

You have already made some critical changes in how you’re parenting your child who has an eating disorder. Congratulations! Now it’s time to figure out how to set up your household to optimize it for eating disorder recovery.

So many parents mistakenly believe that the child who has the disorder is the only one who needs to change, but when the whole family makes changes, recovery is easier and more likely to last. And that’s what all of us want! We’ve all heard that eating disorders can be really sticky and hard to overcome, but it turns out that when the whole family comes together for eating disorder recovery, it tends to last!

In this section, you’ll learn:

  • The family rules that will optimize recovery
  • How to handle extended family, family events, and more
  • How recovery progresses and how you can help make it stick

In addition to the online course videos and content, you will also receive homework and three email lessons.

About Ginny (your instructor)

I’m Ginny Jones and I’m an eating disorder expert and parent coach. I also built and run I’m the instructor for this online course to help you parent through eating disorder recovery. I have spent the last several years devoted to providing parents with information and support through their kids’ eating disorder recovery. I’ve interviewed hundreds of people who have gone through recovery, the families that love them, and the experts who help them. My mission is to help parents help their kids recover, and I’m excited to bring this course to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: When does the course start and finish?

Once you complete payment, I 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 3-4 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 I offer it, and for a minimum of 6 months after you place your order. You can take the course as many times as you want to!

Question: What if the course doesn’t work for me?

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 from 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 with the possible exception of ARFID (although many of the core concepts still apply).

Ready to get started?

This online parenting course will help you find peace again. It will make eating disorder recovery easier for your whole family (including you!). The course includes:

  • Four weeks of video classes
  • A printable poster for each lesson
  • Weekly homework
  • 3-4 email lessons each week
  • A printable eBook of all the handouts from the course
  • Lifetime access
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

P.S. I know you already have a lot on your plate. Life is stressful right now. I promise that this program will help you work smarter, not harder. It will make recovery easier for your child who has the disorder, your family, and, most importantly, you! I hope you’ll give it a shot! Contact me if you have any questions!