It’s tricky during your child’s teenage years to strike the right balance between parenting and letting go. This is especially true when the teenager in your life has Type 1 diabetes.
Endocrinologists have come to understand that the teenage years are a critical period for a young person with Type 1 to establish good daily diabetes self-care. This means that it’s critical to give teens the space to make their own choices, and mistakes, in their blood sugar management. Any parent of a teenager will tell you, however, that allowing teens to make their own decisions can be a cringeworthy experience. It’s hard to know when to step in and when to let things play out during your teen’s day-to-day diabetes management.
Here are five different perspectives on teenagehood with Type 1 diabetes, from parents of teens with Type 1 and the teens themselves.
A guide for older teens with Type 1 on establishing healthy boundaries with parents.
A family chooses not to track their teen’s every blood sugar reading.
Teens may have a leg up on adults when it comes to new diabetes technology.
What happens when a teen boy gets put into the wrong age group at diabetes summer camp?
That special moment in a teen’s life when he’s not allowed to eat what his friends eat at a party.
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