If your child is in the grip of an eating disorder, holiday
time—and the accompanying centrality of food, presence of extended family and
friends, and changes in normal routines and schedules—can be a difficult time
for the entire family. Now is the time
to think ahead and strategize how you can manage these many changes and
maximize the chances that you and your family can enjoy this time of year as
much as possible.
Talk to your spouse and/or other family members about ground
rules for the family, decide what you think will be helpful and remember to be
proactive, communicating ahead of anticipated challenges. If you know that there will be challenges
ahead but cannot anticipate precisely what they will be, it can be helpful to develop
a game plan for problem resolution. Having a process in place will allow you to think more rationally and
effectively when faced with unexpected situations and quickly figure out the
appropriate course of action.
Remember, the skills you build in successfully navigating
holiday challenges can benefit your child and family not only during the
holidays but all year long. Good luck
and let me know how it goes!