- Is or has your son or daughter suffered with an eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia or EDNOS?
- Do you constantly worry whether you are doing enough for her/him?
- Do you find that you can’t get through to them any more?
- Do you feel alone, hopeless and frustrated that there isn’t more you can do to support them?
- Is all of your time focused on your loved one, and you find that you never get any time for yourself?
- Do you find that this causes disagreement between you and your partner and it affects your relationship?
- Are you struggling to know what to do and feel like giving up?
- Do you find it difficult to stay positive and feel like a confident parent?
I am Silvia Meredith and if you are saying yes to these questions, you have come to the right place. I understand what it is like as I work with people like you.
The day I discovered my daughter was struggling with bulimia, my life changed. I didn’t believe it could happen to my daughter as she was very well loved and cared for and I went through a brief period of denial. I was doing my best (the best that I knew then) and things were not changing. I was constantly worried. Feeling like a failure and alone, things got even worse and I was feeling desperate…until one day when someone suggested that I should get some support too, not just my daughter. Feeling a little unsure I eventually gave it a go wondering if it was OK (now I know it was CRUCIAL!). Instead of feeling alone and guilty I was encouraged to look at things differently by a coach who wasn’t judgmental. Learning some new tools and strategies made me feel more empowered and confident. I learned to rediscover my strengths and used them to my advantage. Coaching has changed my life for the better, it accelerated up my daughter’s recovery and it gave me confidence and resilience to cope with life’s challenges.
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- Over the years I have learned that parents are not the cause but are absolutely essential for their love one’s recovery or the management of their condition. There isn’t one right way of dealing with this situation but everyone has to find their own answers that work best for them and their loved one.
- One of the most important steps for parents and carers is to become aware of what is going on when feeling lost, guilty, worried, anxious, frustrated, distressed, overwhelmed, exhausted and how to : stay strong, have peace of mind, let go of guilt, have the ability to cope with the situation, remain calm, compassionate, consistent and in control.
- Having witnessed many stories, my passion is to ensure that parents like you get the essential support as I’ve found that it is often overlooked and underestimated. This passion combined with my background as a fully qualified Certified Coach equips me to empower you in confidence and strength as a parent.
I know that:
- When you look after yourself, you can be fully available to care for your loved one in the most effective way and provide a true comfort.
- When you are in a positive frame of mind, when you are heard and understood, you will develop the best coping strategies.
- Parents and carers are vital as they are an enormous resource. When you have the right coping strategies, this will have an impact on you, your loved one and your family. Taking action is essential. Being a parent of a young person with a an eating disorder, is extremely frightening and it’s VITAL for you to ask for help too.
- Life is 5% what happens to us and 95% how we respond.
Are you fed up with not knowing if you are making the right decision for your loved one?
Contact me for the “Next step to supporting your teen” complimentary session to find out how to become the person that is no longer stuck and can confidently make decisions even in an impossible situation.
“My daughter is undergoing therapy, but coping well with her everyday life, our relationship is much more positive and I feel I have taken more control over my own life. The effect of the coaching not only improved our family relationships but enabled me to let go of some of the guilt and blame I had heaped on myself.” Linda K
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