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Children & Teens Home: Children | Teens | Type 2 Diabetes

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Experts' Advice to Parents of Teenagers with Diabetes

  • Be supportive, not authoritative. Acknowledge that your teenager didn’t choose to have diabetes, but point out that millions of people deal with it successfully every day -- and so can he/she.

  • Encourage your child’s gradual and progressive involvement in self-care, guided by his/her maturity, skills, readiness and interests.

  • Encourage and support - don't lecture or nag.

  • Be sensitive to your teenager's needs - both as a teenager and as a person with diabetes.

  • Communicate openly and honestly.

  • Be consistent yet flexible.

  • Be patient and calm. Don't let your own feelings of frustration spill out onto your child. Join a support group or get professional help if you're having trouble coping.

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