How should I react when my child makes a mistake dealing with her diabetes?

Children are very aware of parents' reactions (even the silent ones!). For reasons as simple as love or fear of disappointment, many children lie to spare their parents from stress. Keep expectations realistic and help your child feel more comfortable about admitting mistakes. Some tips to help you:
  • Emphasize that mistakes happen.
  • Emphasize that blood glucose (BG) highs and lows are not "bad" or "good" and will happen.
  • Remind your child that no one is perfect - not even you.
  • Remind your child that telling the truth is vital and will not upset or disappoint you.
  • Don't offer rewards for keeping BG levels in the target range.
  • React to mistakes calmly and productively.
  • Try not to nag -- and try to move on.
  • Continue to let your child perform self-care tasks - it'll build confidence.

Continue Learning about 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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