Life is beautiful, that I believe. But as the mom of a child with a chronic health condition, sometimes it can also be really difficult. If your child is newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you might think that life won’t be beautiful again in the immediate future — or ever. But I promise you that it will be. That’s a pretty deep topic, and this is not a deep post. Instead, it is a little countdown of 10 ways that I’ve found to make my life easier and more beautiful as a mom. Maybe some of them will work for you too — click through for the details on each one.
Never forget a thing.
for the diabetes gear we need to pack for James’ most common outings (field trips, weekend campouts) brings peace of mind and cuts down on the stress of getting him ready for daily activities.
Make school lunch easier.
Among my friends with school-aged kids, we almost universally agree that our least favorite thing is preparing school lunches. A compartmentalized lunch tray lets me label the carb grams for each individual food for accurate insulin dosing, in case James doesn’t eat everything.
Give the best teacher gifts.
Another thing usually handled by moms is gifts to caregivers at school. With my “triple threat” gifting solution, I’m never stumped for a personalized gift for a teacher or nurse who does so much for James throughout the year.
Commandeer a kitchen drawer.
Kitchen organization makes my life better. At our house, the kitchen is the heart of our home, and I know from talking to a lot of my friends that this is the case for many families. Creating a dedicated diabetes drawer in the kitchen means that the supplies we use most are always close at hand.
Master the art of stress relief.
A few years ago I rediscovered an old passion — coloring! It definitely helps me find calm on tough days — and the kids enjoy doing it too.
Stop dreading site changes.
For every task that we dislike, I figure there must be a way to make it better. By pairing insulin pump site changes with other activities that James and I love, I’m finding we both dread them less.
Make time to recharge.
Time might be the currency of mothers, and it’s always in short supply. Setting aside the one hour after James gets home from school as my Hour of Power — in which I charge all the diabetes devices, look over the blood sugar graphs, check our supplies, and do other assorted tasks that otherwise so easily slip through the cracks — makes super-efficient use of my time.
Begin and end on a high note.
Concentrating on finding solace for even a few minutes each morning and bedtime — the “bookends” of my day — has meant that even if the rest of the day is a complete mess, I’m still a happy mom.
Claim your space.
Making time for ourselves is important, but so is making space. Creating my own little blissful haven in the house has worked wonders for me.
Finally, when all else fails, rock on!
May your life be beautiful today, Diabetes Mama — you deserve it!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.