What Are Your Diabetes Resolutions?

Most T1D parents have a few things they would like to improve when it comes to caring for their children’s diabetes—even those who’ve been at it for years. And as with any personal goal, the new year often seems like a great time to start. What’s your diabetes resolution? Here’s what other D-moms and -dads say they hope to do better this year.

Help Others Understand

“I’m putting more focus on educating other people about T1D. There is still so much misunderstanding, and I want to raise awareness so my daughter doesn’t have to explain how she got diabetes.”

—Sarah, Moraga, Calif., mom of 5-year-old Allie Lou

Put the Child First, Diabetes Second

“I’d like to always remember to start each day with ‘Good morning’ versus ‘What’s your blood sugar?’ That also goes for the greetings after school, the kisses goodnight, and everything in between. It’s often easy to pay attention to diabetes before the child with diabetes, and I won’t try to pretend I’ve always gotten it right.”

—Tina, Seattle, blogger at StickWithItSugar.com and mom of “Sweetstuff,” “Middles,” and “Sugarboy” (each of whom has type 1)

Remember That Blood Sugar Is Just a Number

“Often I’ll react to a number and not realize that my boys take that reaction personally. My reaction is meant to be ‘Uh-oh!’ But what my boys hear is ‘What did you do!?’ My goal is to take away the emotion from the numbers. Numbers are a map. Nothing more, nothing less.”

—Meri, San Francisco, blogger at OurDiabeticLife.com and mom of 16-year-old Jack, 12-year-old Ben, and 10-year-old Luke (each of whom has type 1)

Teach My Son Who’s in Charge

“I hope to help my son understand that he is the person most in control of his health. He’s 15 years old now, so I want to show him how to work with his healthcare team and how to have the courage to hire and fire whom he needs to be a part of his circle.”

—Tami, Griffith, Ind., mom of Brandon

Learn to Let Go

“When my daughter was younger, we managed her care together, but now that she’s an adult, the challenge is to not sit in judgment when she might make certain choices that I don’t agree with (e.g., You’re eating THAT? You aren’t working out today? You only checked blood sugar five times today?) . So as a mom, I’m working on keeping it all in balance. It is ultimately her life. I am making it a point to remind myself: This is why I worked so hard teaching her to care for herself and be as independent as possible!”

—Jamie, Charleston, S.C., mom of 27-year-old Pamela

Take a First Step Toward Self-Care

“My husband and I have always done everything when it comes to our daughter Elise’s care. Now that she’s 6, she wants to take on more responsibility, and it’s hard for me to let her start taking small steps toward ownership.”

—Joanne, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, blogger at DeathofaPancreas.com and mom of Elise

Keep Her A1C in Perspective

“My goal is to not feel like my daughter’s A1C results are my report card as a D-mom. I will not rejoice if the A1C is ‘good’ nor will I—and this is the big one I need to work on—feel shame if the results are ‘b–’ (I refuse to write this word). My new mantra? ‘It’s just a number.’ I already know how much effort we put into her care and management 24/7.”

—Tracy, Lynn, Mass., mom of 9-year-old Alexis

Count Carbs in Homemade Meals

“My goal is twofold: I want to do more home cooking this year because I know it’s healthier, but to do this, I also have to get better at counting carbs in raw ingredients, like flour, sugar, fruit, etc. When you serve a frozen pizza, you can just read the carb count off the box. It’s very different to calculate carbs, fat, fiber, etc., in pizza dough and pizza sauce made from scratch. A few moms in my support group lent me some great cookbooks, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can do this!”

—Kelly, Peachtree City, Ga., mom of 4-year-old Tyler

 

Looking for kid-friendly, carb-counted recipes? Ask your diabetes healthcare provider for a free copy of Disney and Lilly Diabetes’ Dishing It Up Disney Style: A Cookbook for Families With Type 1 Diabetes or click here for the recipes.

 

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 1diabetes. 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.

 

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