Every year around New Year’s, we have a special night where we sit down as a family and talk about the resolutions we want to make for the coming year. We have each of the kids pick a couple of things they want to work on, and then we make a few goals together as a family. Next, we write the goals down and keep the list in a place that will be visible throughout the year.
We also review goals we had from the previous year to see how we did. Last year, Jonathan had a goal to learn how to ride his bike, and Lily wanted to learn how to swim. Kaitlyn wanted to read a certain number of books, and I wanted to lose some weight and to wash and vacuum the van every week (not necessarily in that order though!). We did well on some goals and not so great on others. I won’t tell you exactly which ones we succeeded at and which ones we didn’t, but I will tell you that the weight-loss goal and the clean-out-the-car goal will be appearing once again on my resolution list.
This year, Kaitlyn has a few goals that have a type 1 diabetes theme. We gave her a few ideas of what she could work on, but in the end, the goals she came up with were things that only she could decide and commit to. For a while, we’ve been encouraging her to try changing her own site, but she has been too scared to do it. It’s not that she’s not capable — she probably knows the steps just as well as I do. It’s just the actual insertion into her skin that makes her nervous. She’s fine with me doing it, but for some reason she can’t bring herself to release the popping mechanism. We suggested that she make that one of her resolutions along with a couple of other things. This is what she came up with:
- I will learn carb counts for 50 new foods this year.
- I will change out the lancet in my lancing device at least once a day.
- I will learn how to change my own site and do all of it on my own except for popping it onto my skin.
- I will learn how to draw up insulin in shots.
I think this is a great list. I’m so glad she’s willing to set goals and work toward them. I also think it’s important to pick goals that are reasonable and attainable. Obviously, some of my goals from last year were a little beyond my reach, so I plan to adjust accordingly this year.
Some people might scoff at the idea of making resolutions that you might not keep, but I think that with the right attitude, preparedness, and expectations, resolutions can be a powerful tool for moving you in the direction you want to go in life. Happy New Year to you, and may your resolutions help you to keep on moving forward.
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.