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I can only repeat the facts of the situation. My daughter in law with five children has been treated for anorexia this summer.
The children seem to be nervous around their mother, the mother is very hyperactive, and my son is angry at his wife for what she is putting them through.
Any suggestion as to how my wife and I can be supportive of my son, my grandchildren or daughter in law is my question.
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Thanks for any insights.
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I called my son last night to ask how Kim, our daughter in law, is doing. He said she is good around the house, feeding and transporting the children to various sporting commmitments and doing some seamstress work that brings in extra funds.
However she has lost all of the weight that she gained in the summer inpatient and outpatient treatment program. My son suggested to her that she return to the program and she said that she does not want to go. She claims that some dietary adjustments will solve the weight problem.
He thanked me for the call saying that he is quite concerned and that my input helps him focus.
He plans to take the children hiking in New Hampshire on Sunday. I presume that Kim will stay home alone.
I plan to call him daily going forward. They live 30 miles away.
NPR had a piece on an article in a Monthly Psychiatric Journal reporting that a new emphasis on encouraging anorexic children to eat seemed to be showing good results, long term. I passed it along to my son.
What role should the children have in encouraging or demanding that their mother take appropriate nourishment.?