Remember when you were little and your mom or dad would ask you to do something like finish your chores or go to bed, and you tried to think of any excuse to get out of doing it? Well, that’s a common occurrence at my house! Little did I know as a child that every time I did that to my parents it would come back to bite me full-force with my own children!
The other night, my 4-year-old Lily got out of bed about 10 times — each time with a new excuse: “I’m hungry.” “I forgot to brush my teeth.” “I need to go potty.” “I need a hug.” “Can I have another story?” I’m sure you’ve heard it all before too! I was just about to scream, when finally her dad took over and convinced her to stay in bed for good.
It’s not just at bedtime that this happens at my house. Anytime I start giving out chores, I get all kinds of excuses. “But Mom, I haven’t eaten breakfast yet.” Or, “Mom, I need to finish working on my math homework.” They even resort to practicing the piano to get out of doing some of their chores. It’s actually pretty maddening. They seem to know exactly what to say to convince me that whatever their excuse might be, it’s very important.
In fact, the newest tactic that Kaitlyn has started using is checking her blood sugar. Just this morning, I asked her to help fold the laundry. She sat there for a minute with me folding and then said suddenly — “Oh, Mom, I need to check my blood sugar!” How can I say no to that? “Okay,” I said. “Go check quickly and then come right back.” The next thing I knew, Kaitlyn was yelling down the hallway that she was going a little bit low, and she was going to the kitchen to get some candy. It was about 10 minutes later when she finally came back, and guess what? The laundry was already folded by then! Hmm…what a coincidence.
Now, do I think that she intentionally made herself go low to avoid chores? No. Do I think she lied about her number to avoid chores? Of course not. But you can bet that if she were playing a video game or reading a really good book, she wouldn’t suddenly remember that she should check her blood sugar. It’s just one of those things that we get to deal with as parents. Someday she’ll be a mom, and her kids will play the excuse game — only then will she truly understand!
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.