Every parent will tell you there’s no book on parenting. To add insult to injury (for lack of a better phrase) whatever you do as a parent of a kid with Type 1 diabetes – don’t make them feel bad about a high blood sugar. Rest assured, everybody with diabetes will experience a high at some point. It’s an absolute given that as kids get older and hormones kick-in, blood sugars will take a fall for it. Yes, as we embark on the wonderful years of puberty, blood sugar is more inexplicable as it ever has been or will be throughout life. Parents take heed: do not make this a punishable offense. It’s not like skipping school or stealing something. This is a fact of life in a Type 1 diabetes and if you assign a “punishment” to having a high sugar, you’re flirting with disaster. If your child lives to the age of putting you in a home, this is when your behavior will count. Show sympathy for the baffling challenges that hit teenagers in their most difficult years. This isn’t just an exploration of emotions and pursuit of independence for teens with diabetes. This is all that plus an internal battle of I DID THIS..WHY DID THAT HAPPEN TO ME? Be supportive and leave the judgement at the door. Your kids need you to be their for support to empower them, not judge them to deplete the control they want in their life.
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