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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the "I Feel Fat" Spell Paperback – February 22, 2016
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It's not easy to get through to kids who have fallen under the spell of self-loathing and distorted body image issues, but oh so vital that we do. But how? Simply telling children not to listen to what mean kids say, or to stop comparing themselves to models on TV does little to change their minds. In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the "I Feel Fat" Spell, Wachter and Marcus deliver an excellent combination of kid-friendly insights and practical activities to help youngsters identify and dismantle their critical self-talk and beliefs. I wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful and important book.
In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the "I Feel Fat" Spell, Wachter and Marcus have created a great offering for an important population. Mirror, Mirror seeks to soothe self-doubt and body image anxiety in kids before they fall prey to disordered eating. The authors talk to the reader in a direct manner that cultivates educated understanding while also encouraging self-reflection and healthier thinking. Just as crucially, they help adults interface with kids using kid-friendly language and concepts. This is an upbeat, solution-oriented book that will make a positive impact on kids and parents alike.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the "I Feel Fat" Spell brings new insight to an issue that is becoming more and more confusing and heartbreaking for parents and kids. The authors speak with families and not at them. Each "Spell Breaker" gives parents the tools they need to work with their kids ad help them develop the self-esteem they deserve. Kids don't have to suffer in silence and parents don't have to feel powerless. I think this book will be a life changer for many families.
I was charmed from word one of Mirror, Mirror. In my own version, families, friends and whole communities read this book together chapter by chapter, practicing each Spell Breaker, learning to befriend themselves, each other and the world. Co-authors Wachter and Marcus have given us a gem in this book, helping future generations break the chains of body hatred for good.
Describing a problem is easy; coming up with creative and effective solutions is the real challenge. With a foundation of one deceptively simple metaphor, Wachter and Marcus build a book for young people that is almost all solution. But kids aren't the only beneficiaries here. Adults with body image problems would be wise to learn the "Spell Breakers" in this book.
About the Author
Andrea Wachter, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorders, depression, anxiety and grief. Andrea is the author of Getting Over Overeating for Teens and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Andrea is an inspirational counselor, author and speaker who uses professional expertise, humor and personal recovery to help others. To check out her blogs or other books, visit andreawachter.com
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The book is broken up into 22 "Spell breaking" exercises, and it's aimed at kids but is just as useful for parents to read on their own, as they struggle to communicate with their kids about body image. The spell breaking exercises help kids give voice (and power) to their own thoughts, and take power away from the Mirror Witch, while teaching kids how to "retrain" their brain to think different thoughts (e.g. "I'm lovable no matter what my size is" instead of "I'm too fat.")
Still better, with "Mirror Mirror," Wachter and Marcus have given us a new toolkit, helping kids navigate not just body-image issues, but all kinds of thorny problems, from bullying to general self-esteem issues.
Now I have tools to realistically cope with my negative body image, and I have finally stopped thinking of myself as fat. I have always controlled my pain with regular exercise, stretching, yoga and tai chi, so I am certainly not fat or unhealthy. I already feel happier. Thanks to Marsea and Andrea for this lovely book.
I'm a therapist who has helped families overcome their struggles with disordered eating and body image issues. I currently work at a university counseling medical center as the staff eating disorder specialist. Prior to this, I was an early childhood educator and a radio show storyteller for kids. I will surprisingly recommend this book to my older clients as well, because we can be all be under a spell at any age and this stuff can be subtle.
Wachter and Marcus offer weave solid ways to cultivate our own sense of belonging when the world around us is full of pressure against the true self being allowed. Spell-breakers in the chapters here can become tools for a lifetime for those gentle wise souls who tend to read between the lines.