How can I best communicate with my partner if our child has diabetes?

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You aren't perfect -- and neither is your spouse or partner. Managing diabetes is a lot like juggling -- a careful balance of activity with food and medication. Even the best jugglers occasionally drop a ball. All you can do is pick it up and start juggling again.

You and your spouse will do things differently. You are different people and you can't read each others' minds. Remind each other that you are a team and a team works together. Ultimately, your goal is the same -- to keep your child healthy and happy.

Parent-to-Parent Communications Tips:
  • Ask questions and truly listen to each other's responses.
  • Share your honest feelings -- the everyday decisions on diabetes care and the deeper and darker emotions, such as guilt and fear.
  • Make decisions together. Be consistent in delivering your decisions. Your child will sense when you are not working together.
  • Set realistic expectations -- remember that no one is perfect.
  • Try to put yourself in the other person's shoes.
  • Stay calm and listen before you react.

Continue Learning about Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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