Workshop for Parents of Kids with Type 1 Diabetes
Specifically Tailored to the Unique Needs of Families living with T1D
Are you struggling with any of the following?
Finding backpacks and bedside table drawers full of empty candy bar wrappers that you're pretty sure weren't covered by insulin
Walking on egg shells because your kiddo blows up on you when you ask about blood sugars (or for some other reason which may or may not have nothing to do with T1D)
Having to make the choice between a yelling match and not saying anything
Figuring out when and how to get your child or teen to take on important diabetes-related tasks, including when to step in and when step back
Participants will gain the insight and skills to:
Resolve conflict without nagging, hurting, alienating or feeling guilty
Offer support & empower your child to take ownership of T1D
Implement strategies to successfully transition diabetes responsibilities over to your child or teen
Handle dishonesty around skipping BG checks &/or taking insulin
Cope & help your child cope with “Diabetes Burnout” and the Hi’s and Lo’s of life with T1D
What Parents Are Saying
This is a closed course with sessions taking place weekly for 6 weeks.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: 6 two-hour coaching sessions with an intimate group consisting of other parents of kids with T1D + workbook, workbook supplement, reading materials
COST: $279 per participant
Email email@example.com to receive updates on the
Fall 2019 sessions.
What age does my child or teen need to be in order for me to benefit from this course? The curriculum in this course is designed for parents and caregivers of kids between the ages of 7-17. However, parents of kids under the age of 7 and over the age of 17 may still take away valuable insight, information and techniques that can transform their relationships and better support their kids and themselves in dealing with diabetes.
Why do the workshop? There’s a lot of intense stuff that gets added to the whole parenting thing when diabetes is thrown into the mix, and not much offered in terms of structured support with a trained Medical Family Therapist who happens to have had T1D herself for almost 25 years ;) And, because in addition to the crazy love you have for your child, you also need concrete skills to help you navigate the tough issues kids and teens face that are either directly related to or further complicated by having diabetes on board.
Also, as a person with diabetes, there's this feeling of excitement I get when I see pump tubing or that continuous glucose monitor (CGM) lump on someone's shoulder. I don't even necessarily need to talk to them--there's just this "me too!" moment where I know that they just "get it". Parenting a child with diabetes can feel frustrating, isolating, and downright scary. Doing this workshop is a great way to know you're not alone (seriously, you're not the only one who has forgotten the Lantus shot or doubled up on insulin for a meal when your partner thought it was their turn too), that you have support, and that there is a place where people "get it".
But my kid is doing great! That's wonderful! This course is chalked full of skills to add to your toolbox, and let's face it--when it comes to diabetes, it never hurts to have too many resources. One of the trickiest things about diabetes is that it is always changing, whether it's day to day blood sugars or taking over the diabetes reigns (and maybe dropping them and handing them back, and then taking them over again but while you also hold one) so that your teen can become more independent. These roads can be bumpy and scary, and it helps to have a strong foundation of tried-and-true strategies along with good communication so you are ready in case something should happen. You go to the dentist to for check-ups and preventative cleanings so that you can treat issues before they require an emergency root canal!
What will a session look like? The workshop cohort is capped at 8 people. Whether you are a single parent/caregiver or you do the workshop with your partner, your cohort will serve as a safe community of supportive people who will not ask you if your child's diabetes has been "cured" yet or scrunch up their face and leave them room when you talk about injecting insulin.
How do I register? Call 206-858-0247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.