parenting and diabetes

Parenting isn’t easy, and there isn’t a manual for raising a child with type 1 diabetes. Here are some helpful tips, tricks, and suggestions from other parents of type 1 diabetes kids that may help you along the way.

Be in control
My tolerance for the disease ebbs and flows like everything else in life. Some days I can think about it all day long and my psyche isn’t affected. Other days, I rebel against it. Pretending it isn’t important. Refusing to give it the power it demands while it sits on the throne of my boys’ well being.
– Meri Schuhmacher, Our Diabetic Life; mother of four sons, three of whom have type 1 diabetes
Make an effort
The dad must be able to do all the D-care too. If he’s slow, fumbles through it, speeds through like a pro, sweats profusely, none of that matters — he's getting it done. That’s what counts, he's doing it! Don't complain or criticize if he gets it done. Some of the biggest heroes in championship history were role players.
– Tim Brand, Bleedingfinger Blog; father of three girls, two of whom have type 1 diabetes
Talk with the teachers
As soon as you know who your child’s teacher is going to be, set up a meeting. We feel it’s important to meet with the teacher before the year begins. You might want to include the school nurse and the special area teachers in this meeting.
– Hallie Addington, The Princess and the Pump; mother of one daughter with type 1 diabetes
Get organized
The first thing I did was make up a file with all the paperwork that I was given from the hospital. There was so much stuff handed to us to read up on, it was crazy. Soon as I got home, I put all of this into a file so if I needed to refer to anything, I knew where it all was. To be honest, I rarely look at this now as we’ve come a long way, but we still have the file.
– Carolyn, Chasing Carbs; mother of one son with type 1 diabetes