There is no such thing as perfect parenting when it comes to raising a child with type 1 diabetes. Even so, it’s easy to feel like a failure. Every mistake, every misstep can feel like we’re failing our children. That’s on top of all the numbers that can feel like a report card, not just every three months, but with every BG check and every five minute CGM update.
I’m here to tell you to make all those mistakes. It’s how we learn. It’s how we grow. It’s how our children become more confident, resilient and independent. I feel so strongly about this, that I wrote a book: “The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom”
When my son was diagnosed with type 1 in 2006 the thinking was more about living well with diabetes; we were taught to pay attention to numbers, of course, but to not let them run our lives. Over the last 13 years, I’ve noticed a shift. More parents are trying to have their children live perfectly with diabetes. I know families who keep kids home from camp or sleepovers for fear of out of range numbers or who restrict their own activities because another caregiver may mess up the “perfect” CGM graph.
The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom is a parenting advice book and a memoir of our family’s years with type 1 diabetes. It also brings up topics and themes to talk about with your care team – each chapter has an “Ask Your Doctor” section to make that easy. You can buy the paperback or eBook on Amazon (Click here) and other retailers. It’s also available on my website. (Audio-book coming soon!)
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“Chicken Soup for the Diabetes Mom’s Soul… I loved this book from beginning to end, and I’m ordering copies for all of my D-mom friends who need to know that they’re not alone.” Christine Fallabel, Diabetes Daily
“Stacey’s honesty and transparency with her family’s diabetes experience gave the book a powerful emotional punch” Molly Johannes, Hugging the Cactus blog
“A fun read that’s sure to become an instant classic for families entering the Diabetes Community.” Mike Hoskins, DiabetesMine