“Stranded at the Drive-In”——Person with T1 Told No Food Allowed In.

Drive n DelseaJohn Travolta’s character in Grease sang that song when he was left high and dry at the drive-in movie theatre by Sandy, his true love.  It looks like Danny Zuko is not the only one having problems at the local neighborhood drive-in movies.

Dr. John Deleonardis is a pediatrician who also owns a movie theatre in New Jersey.  A drive-in movie theatre to be exact. Recently Dr. Deleonardis made news because he denied a young man the right to bring food into the drive-in, even though the young man has type 1 diabetes.

When the confrontation occurred and Dr. Deleonardis was asked about the entire situation he responded, “My time shouldn’t be occupied at the box office trying to explain to people.  We have a website.  It tells you about this.  If you don’t want to go to that, don’t come.”

Hmmmmmmm………………………Is this attitude the same as telling someone to go elsewhere if no handicapped ramp is available for a wheel chair?

Clearly the Doctor owns a business and it’s his call to run his business except in cases when he is violating someone else’s rights.  In a case involving SFX Entertainment denying entrance to venue holding a concert, it was found that:
“Should a guest arrive at a venue with food that is brought for diabetic purposes, an event staffer or supervisor, upon confirming that the food is in fact being brought for diabetic purposes, shall permit the guest to bring that food into the venue as an exception to the venue’s general policy prohibiting guests from bringing their own food into the venue. Should the food require refrigeration, the event staffer should offer to allow the guest to store the food in the refrigerator in the First Aid Room.”  (http://www.ada.gov/sfxinc.htm)

Somewhere in the story the ‘good-doctor/owner’ also stated that diabetes-friendly food (would have loved to know what THAT was?) was available at the concession stand for sale.  It’s here where I believe he will find his case lost; as it needs to be readily available for emergency purposes as the findings in the SFX Entertainment case.

The family of course feels humiliated and many have stated how they do not understand how it got to this point.  Statements like:
“Why did they not just have his diabetes bag under the seat”.
“Why did they allow a check of his back-pack.”
“The snacks could have easily been hidden.”

All of these statements are true in the fact that they could have been done and done easily, that stated; it’s not the point.  Seems to me the Doctor may have his hands tied with legalities if this family wants, and chooses, to bring an action against him.  The courts would have to decide the merits of all parties.

My guess is also that postings, more than just the drive-in movie website, will be in order stating exactly what the policy is in agreement with the laws of the American Disabilities Act.  The doctor may also have a little PR problem on his hands in the fact that………well…….he is a pediatrician——and his actions may just seem a tad insensitive, but I will leave that to public opinion.

Now we can get in a rage about this story and we surely have seen it before; but if you want to do something, find out the laws exactly as needed and advocate for change.  Anger and hostile comments are all over the internet about this incident and you can find them……..join them…..and surely utilize your amendment rights.  But if you are THAT angry about it, take up the cause and run with it.

Years and years ago, the wonderful and mega-talented Crystal Jackson was just not so happy with the way things were done in her child’s school.  Now she, and her team at the American Diabetes Association, have changed history with what is expected in schools.  Crystal could have spent a lot of time yelling and screaming.  Now she negotiates as much as she can and when needed, she lets the law do her yelling.

If the movie theater story ‘pisses you off’—-get it off your chest.  But get ready to get to work on it, or the yelling is a moot point except to blow off steam.  One can turn a deaf ear to noise, but when a judge lowers that gavel, it’s heard by the world.

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We Have our Own Language You Know…….TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED!!!!!

HighI remember growing up that my friend Gary, who is now a minster doing God’s work, and his family had this really unique way of calling each other.  We were at the mall together and I was with Gary’s sister, Diane.  I stated that we had to find Gary and she said, “I’ll get him.”  She proceeded to pucker her lips in such a fashion as if to whistle but instead of air going out, she drew it in and she made this really high-pitched loud whistle.  the whistle was so unique one could never mistake it for anything unless you knew the meaning behind the sound.

Gary knew the sound and within seconds he was making his way to where Diane and I were standing.  A sound so unique, only their family knew what it meant.  Their own language almost.  I remember it to this day and I always found it so fascinating the way they communicated when they needed to find each other.

In our world of diabetes, I think it is important to remember that we, too, have our own sound.  Our own words.  It’s important to remember that we need to sometimes go a little more in-depth explaining something or translate words others would never understand.

Should you be speaking to a school nurse or any medical personnel; using words like dexcom, cgm, ‘the minimed’ or ‘animas’, high, low, and other words may not be fully understood as readily as we think, or would like.  Remember that the words you use all the time in our ’everyday diabetes world’ are not spoken by others and explanations might be in order.

Do not wait for them to ask something or to stop you and inquire, as you speak you should have little ‘tag lines’ of explanations.  This might help avoid a call later or avoid any explanations needed.  “XYZ’s continuous glucose monitor, we call it a CGM or her Dexcom, is something that monitors her blood glucose constantly and should not be taken off her”.

There are other words that we use and there have been many points of humor shared like in a supermarket when XYZ yells down the aisle, “Mom, I’m high and need a shot.”  We have shared those type of incidents over the years and the “public’s” misunderstanding of meanings only we understand.

My point today is that surely we have enjoyed the humor of misunderstandings of phrases we take for granted, but remember ESPECIALLY when dealing with medical personnel, that our understanding is not theirs.  Infusion, monitor, sites, check/test, and many other words are not readily understood by many you think would/should understand.  Always take that ‘one second’ as you speak to make sure your point is clear.

We understand…….others, not always.  Make sure they do.  Not everyone hears the ‘whistle’ that we know with each other.  Food for thought.

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This is a REAL BIG Mistake!!!!! We Need to Stand Up and Take Notice.

Someone else do itHow many times have we all seen the statements of how much more education is needed for the world to understand diabetes?  The differences between T1 and T2 as well as so many other aspects dealing with this insidious disease are constantly being reflected in articles, posts, and in all media; and we are always asking for more.

As this week’s media took flight with the plight of mental illness and the so many unknowns, maybes, ifs, and might-have-beens; I could not help but think to myself that our feelings of misunderstandings may very well be universal.  It may very well be that many, dare I say, all disease-states live and suffer with the understanding that no one understands what ‘we go through’.  It doesn’t matter who the ‘we’ are; diabetes, cancer, mental illness, MS, and the list continues, I bet they also feel the world needs to be better educated.  Why would they feel any other way?

A doctor on a cancer sight actually wrote this about Robin Williams this week: I am sure that he had poor medical / psychological advice.

Wow.  Really?

Opinions.  My goodness they are everywhere and I think it’s important to realize that everybody has an opinion, even when they are not involved in a situation.  Even, as e all know from experience, when they have no clue on which they speak.  That opinion can be across an entire spectrum of disease-states as well as those closely surrounding us in the diabetes world.

In the diabetes community it is often said that we are not alone.  Others are going through what we are going through and we will be there for each other.  When it comes to the public-at-large, it’s equally important to understand that many, many others; who have a cause very close to their own hearts—-are also fighting to be noticed in a space that seems very large but full as well…….and getting fuller.

My point in this is that we not only need to depend on ourselves for our self-support, but it will also be up to us to make our own way in the world; it will be up to us to also make our voices heard.  When a JDRF or an ADA—or even an individual with a mission on diabetes awareness is asking our help; if our diabetes community-at-large does not circle the wagons and help an initiative—-at the end of the day—-we will have no one to blame but ourselves that more people do not know or understand OUR diabetes.

No we cannot do everything, everywhere…….but just don’t do nothing.  This in ALL things diabetes–advocacy, fund-raising for research, support, and every aspect of diabetes.  If we want to look at the numbers; (let’s just agree for now) that there are 1.5 million people with T1 diabetes and CDC’s new numbers put the total diabetes population at 29.1 million.  If we take just 10% of that number with family members (x3) that would translate to 8.7 million people DOING SOMETHING regarding diabetes……and that’s how many there are doing something with diabetes…..right?

Nope.

I don’t think that number would even be at 1% (870,000 people engaged).  Now if you are reading this, already, you are more active than most, and I do believe the T1 population is more-engaged, but do you think that the same 1% of PWDs and their family (numbering 45,000) involved with T1 are actually involved in some way? How about 2% (90,000), 3% (135,000)?  In any case, having just 1-3 percent involved (I’ll be generous) means that 97% is not.  That needs us to take notice.

This information lends the thought process that perhaps we need to start thinking how to engage the millions and millions of PWDs and their family members a little more, before we start asking/expecting the outside world for a slice of their attention.

If our own population cannot get 1%-3% to engage, why would we think the world-at-large doesn’t also have enough to do than pay attention?

Now I know, in almost all things, the smaller number does the most amount of work so one of two things need to happen: 1. We get more people involved.  2. The people already engaged, do not let one opportunity get by without doing something, or fall back in say in saying-”let someone else do it”.

When all is said and done the translation is simple; if we don’t do it——–it isn’t happening.

Where are you in the mix?

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The Hardest Thing to Understand……..When a Disease Acts Like a Disease.

Robin Williams 3Ever have one of those days.  Just a day that you might need a friend to talk to, it happens from time to time.  Not a lot, but time to time.

When I have those days I have a few people I can speak to, and I do.  But every now and again, those people are involved in their lives as well.  I’m not that narcissistic to believe that at any given time anyone should be available for what ever I need, life just des not work like that, nor should it.  But it surely is nice to have a friend when you need one.

Life should be movement.  All of us should be moving all the time and on the occasions we connect, well that can be quite useful.

But there is another side to that also.  We need to be able to stand alone.

One of the things I have learned over the years is to be ready to face whatever I may be facing, alone.  If you choose to get rid of the problem, deal with the problem; than you will also be able to live with whatever emotion that you are feeling.  It took a long tome for me to learn that; it took many ‘test’ to become strong.

Of course recent days’ events, in particular, the untimely death of Robin Williams teaches us that this is easy for some and…….well……….impossible for others.  If we are able to recognize situations and place them in their proper compartments, we should recognize that gift and be happy that we are unlike the many who are faced with problems as water flooding in and unable to stop, unable to place anywhere……and “overwhelmus” (a word created by the late, great, and dear Dr. Richard Rubin) wins out.

I’m unsure why some can handle life’s problems and move forward and others are stymied by the smallest of incidents.  Life is life.  Life needs to be handled.  We are all given life to deal with and we are all also given life to enjoy.  And sometimes, as Mr. Williams life clearly illustrates, it’s truly, “Tears of a Clown” where the outside is smiling and the inside is tormented beyond comprehension.

I have constantly lectured, discussed, and written about staying positive with diabetes.  To choose to live positive and look for the positive.  It’s what I do.  It took a long, long time for me to able to do that in a productive manner.  “Choose” to do anything is never as easy as it looks.  It’s a goal we all need to do to the best of our ability.

I’m a huge, huge fan of Robin Williams and always will be.  Mostly because one of his biggest influences was Jonathan Winters who also influenced my good friend and college-chum, comedian Bob Nelson—–all brilliant.  In watching Bob before ‘there was’ a Robin Williams, allowed me to truly appreciate the mega-talent of that physical and lightening-fast humor.  Brilliance is truly the right word in all of their talents.

Mr. Williams had the Erma Bomebeck-esque way of making you laugh until your sides hurt and then ‘zap’ you with a performance so real and so compelling that you’re moved beyond measure.

I have learned something over the last few days as so many asked the million “how-s’ and the million “why-s”.  I’m not sure how one can ‘just shake’ themselves of the feelings to drive yourself to what drove Mr. Williams to his end.  It’s surely not that simple.  It’s surely a disease.

I cannot ‘just shake’ my kids out of (incurable type 1) diabetes any more than Mr. Williams could have just ‘shaken’ his inner turmoil away.  It’s a disease.  He had a disease.

In ways I have never shared, and never will but to those closest to me, in my younger days I’ve been close.  One must work constantly, work diligently to try to deal with a disease.  And no matter what we read and what we see and what we observe about other’s disease, if you don’t have it, don’t judge and…………..just be glad of the obvious………

……..that you don’t have it.

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The Merry-Go-Round………Take Time to……Well……Get Off!!!!!

merry-go-round-in-motionThe job you do…….well it’s amazing.  If you wrote down everything you did in a day, not dealing with diabetes, and also created a list of everything you do dealing with diabetes, and stepped back to look at them; you would think it could never be done…….but it is.  And it’s YOU who do it every day.

I do something every day that I think you should try to do it also.  I take 10 minutes out of each and every day (just about) for me……..just me.  I will sit with a cup of coffee by myself, or put on a song and sit and just take 10 minutes for…..well…..me.

I’m not sure who taught me to do that but I have been doing it for years and years and years.  I find the time to just stop.  When you are on a merry-go-round it picks up speed and goes faster and faster.  Everything goes by so fast.  Many times you will get dizzy if you are not careful.  Sit down in your back yard or on your porch and just sit.  Nothing.  For just 10 minutes.

You will find yourself more keenly aware of your surroundings and as you think, you will relax just a little, a smile will come across your face because you have thought of someone you know and like, knew and liked, a great time you had with friend, a great time doing something you liked……you will find time to think……..of you.

Find the time and be proud of what you do.  You are amazing.  You do incredible things.  You ARE an incredible person.   WHO better than to spend 10 minutes with……….than you.   Try it.

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The Dangers to Assume…….ANYTHING!!!!!!

odd coup;eWe live in a word where if you fall into the ‘assume trap’ you could be asking for real trouble.  We all remember that wonderful episode of the Odd Couple when Felix represents himself in court and his ‘witness’ uses the word ‘assume’.  It’s under a minute and worth the laugh….click here to see it.

In a more serious context, assuming is a very dangerous game when it comes to your child’s diabetes and one must always be on guard.  I read a wonderful story recently.  The story itself was scary actually, but what was wonderful was ‘mom’.  A child was undergoing surgery and every step of the way this mom asked each team member if they were aware of the child’s diabetes.  Many, sadly, were not.

Mom clearly was assuming…….well…….nothing.

As different specialists were bought in for the surgery (anesthesiologist etc). she ran down her check list and when she was met with “No, I was not told your child had diabetes”, this incredible mom was armed and ready.

Don’t assume your school knows what to do when there is a substitute teacher.  When your child comes home and informs you that a substitute was in, at some point over the next 24 hours touch upon the diabetes aspect and see if you can find out how the day was handled.  Do not assume that all you worked on with the school was passed to the substitute teacher.

Don’t always assume friends and relatives understand your child’s diabetes as well as you think they do.  Have a list of things that needed to be tended to; you will feel better about leaving your child if there is a reference guide for whomever will be with your child while you are away.

Don’t assume that because you ‘read it’ somewhere that it is the truth.  I’m amazed with what people say sometimes having really no idea of what they are saying.  Taking this way outside the box, we all pretty much know that cinnamon will not cure diabetes.   And yet, someone is always out there touting that it can.  That is an easy one but be wary of what people say; and do your own homework to find out the truth……..in anything you hear or read……do not assume……the clip tells you why.

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Today: Taboo is Being Kicked Out the Door—a Must, and Difficult, Read.

Kick out the door.What you are about to read is delicate in nature and should be viewed with both a mature and discretionary attitude, it may not be for everyone and certainly parents should read before sharing with children of appropriate age range.  I’m writing about it because ‘not talking about it’ does not make it go away and it’s something that will impact 35-50% of those with diabetes…….whether we care to talk about it…..or not.

Taboo’ is a funny little word.  Look it up and the dictionary will tell you the following: proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable: Taboo language is usually bleeped on TV. Synonyms: prohibited, banned, forbidden, proscribed.

Seriously?

I am attending the American Association of Diabetes Educators Conference this week and I attended an event sponsored by AMS which featured my good friend Benno Schmidt and a fellow collaborator, Janis Roszler.  What Benno did at this meeting was to take taboo and throw it out the window.  His courage was beyond commendable, it was downright brave as he put himself completely out on a ledge and he did in the name of helping others with diabetes; because he shared about himself.

Benno is an award-winning journalist who has reported the news from around the world, and he has done it with T1 diabetes.  He has interviewed people with diabetes, he has reported on diabetes from places as far away as Haiti, and he has an entire reel-full of stories he has reported regarding diabetes.

But Benno has a secret that he has had it for ten years.  Benno, as many people with diabetes, has suffered in silence with erectile dysfunction.  He recently had a penile implant and Benno will be sharing his story to help many others out there who suffered like he had………..in silence and alone.

Sexual complications of diabetes are real.  They will not go away because we do not discuss them.  Our children very well may face them but you do not see sexual complications (yes both male and female) on many of the lists that note complications of diabetes, yet, sexual complications—-are very, very real.

Now as a parent, if you are reading this and saying “Great, something else I did not know about”, well, to be honest that would make me feel this article is completely worthwhile.  Because ‘not knowing’ will surely NOT MAKE it go away.

And whether we like it or not, discuss it or not, or even believe it or not; at some point sexual relations are going to take place and if we just believe that the wonderful sexual desires that we all feel should never be discussed, than we will also not be able to realize that the lack of it is an issue that MUST be tended to and discussed as well.  Our body, in all of its glory, is masterful at communicating many things and sexual communication is one of them; and because of nerve issues and other aspects that allow the body to work properly can be completely thrown into disarray by diabetes neuropathy, it is something we must be aware.

If your child was diagnosed under the age of ten, for example, by time they reach their twenties; it may or may not become an issue.  Not only for the biological reasons, but have you ever imagined what it would be like to be intimate with a pump on you or a CGM?  Or becoming intimate for the first time and stopping because one ‘must check their blood sugar’—imagine how that plays out?  How unfortunate that our kids have to deal with some aspect of diabetes even within the confines of enjoying that absolute intimacy that EVERYONE wants to experience.

There I said it.  Because my dear friends, as much as this all may be hard to read about our kids, it is by no means a picnic to write about it either.  I’m a dad too.  Thinking of our kids, HEAVEN FORBID, as sexual beings is well…….taboo…..isn’t it.

My friend Benno is going to be traveling the US, courtesy of AMS who creates the penile implants (which is only one of many, many, treatments) as a (disclaimer) paid spokesperson, and I applaud them for making that happen.  Honestly, there probably is not enough money in the world for a person to stand before a crowd and discuss their sexual dysfunction and Benno, who is master at communication, quickly makes his audience feel at ease in discussing something so personal and educates beyond measure.

Now that I have totally disrupted the comfortable-ness of your day, what do we as parents do about this wonderful knowledge I shared today?  Well for one thing, be aware. I cannot imagine that you would sit with your child tomorrow, at an early age, and discuss this but you should be aware.  I would love to see sexual dysfunction listed on EVERY list of complications because in some cases it is more likely to happen than other complications.  Depending on the level of communication you have with your child, this knowledge is good to have and good to know and you can choose how to address it.

AMS, the company that sponsored the lecture I attended, will have Benno’s story on their website shortly; but they also have much information at their website at www.edcure.org .  It is a corporate site but it answers many questions. Start to do some homework about it; follow Janis Roszler who is an expert in this field on Twitter @dearjanis; google her name and video, she has a few of them.  Also remember that diabetes impacts females as much as males and following Janis and watching videos she is in will help better understand.

This was NOT an easy column to write today.  I’m a parent also, but sticking our heads in the sand will not make this go away.  We need to understand it, we need to investigate it, we need to learn.  It probably will never be discussed at the dinner table but knowledge can at least take some of the sting out of something many just think should never be discussed…….and should remain taboo.  Sorry, not on my watch.

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School, “I’m READY for the FIGHT!!!!!!!”

fightersI cannot tell you how many times I have heard this comment and with school starting soon, and when it comes to diabetes, it serves as a reminder:  DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU GO TO SCHOOL.

You should be armed and ready for your meeting regarding your child and how the school deals with diabetes.  THIS IS YOUR CHILD.  Your school has concerns for hundreds (or more) of kids and if you think they are spending a ton of time on your child’s diabetes concerns, you would be wrong. They are spending the time needed and using what has worked in prior years…..if you think it is anything more than that, you would be wrong.

They have too much on their plates.  So again I say, you should be armed and ready.  There is a ton of information on the ADA site to help you navigate your journey.  If you walk into the school like you are going to war, a war is what you will get. Go in fighting and you will fight the entire time.  If you are going in expecting them to do all of the work, you will leave sorely disappointed.

Be polite, not condescending, firm, respectful (“I pay your salary” is clearly a phrase that will accomplish nothing) and know your facts.  FACTS. It should be a dialogue.  And let me tell you your results.

You will get most of what you want, but not all.

You will get little of what you asked, and you will have to do more homework (there are many rules and regulations with each school district—so take many notes), leave with the understanding that you will converse again in the near future.

You do not HAVE TO SIGN ANYTHING THERE.  If you are uncomfortable with anything, tell them the following; “As you know, I cannot do anything without consulting our family adviser—you, nor the school would do anything without legal expertise; and we need to do the same.  So let me take a copy of this and I will get back to you in short order.”  If they say that they would not be able to tend to your child unless you sign the 504 plan they have (or any other document) than tell them you’ll sign it but you want the words “Draft, pending final approval” across the top; and all participants around the table should initial it as well.

But most of your work needs to be done BEFORE you walk in the room.  Look, I am no genius but I went into our meeting with a bound-multi-page-many-points document that after they told me what they thought the 504 plan should be, I respectfully submitted mine.  They said no to two points—-their lawyers made it legal, and we signed.

Guess what?  It is now the norm in the school district.  I tell you that so you know that YOU CAN FOSTER CHANGE—–IT’S UP TO YOU.

So be ready, be polite, be firm……….and good luck.

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No, It’s Not Just You………Who Does That. What? You Think You’re Alone?????

All aloneNo, it’s not just your child who carries sweets and a diabetes bag wherever you go;

No, it is not just your child who gets embarrassed by our list of diabetes questions;

No, it is not just your child who has to be represented within the school district to get what is due them;

No, it is not just you who is up at 3 am;

No, it is not just you who feels tired all of the time;

No, it is not just you who has to manage all of this ‘diabetes stuff’ while tending to other kids and a household;

No, It is not just you who wonders where your spouse is in all of this;

No, it is not just you that has dedicated shelf-space, refrigerator-space, and closet-space to diabetes products;

No, it is not just you that has spare diabetes ‘stuff’ in cars, classrooms, in your bag, by the pool, and anywhere else you can think of for that ‘just-in-case’ scenario;

No, it is not just you tormenting yourself over MDI (shots) or a pump for your child;

No, it is not just you who feels like everyone else is way ahead of you;

No, it is not just you who fights with their doctor;

No, it is not just you who cries alone because your friends and relatives will never understand;

No……….it’s not just you……EVER.  We’ve all been there or are there now——–the question: What are you going to do about it?

Let it defeat you and your life??????….well if that is your road, you may be more alone than those who do something about it.  Life gives us one shot (pun intended)……..we choose to make it as positive as we can for all of our kids.  And to be truthful with you, diabetes gets enough from our life……..bringing us down?  Well diabetes is not getting that also.  We have too much living to do.  Period.

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Do You Hear……or are You Listening?????

hearingStop.

Find something that your child (diabetes or not) is doing that you can say, “Nice Job’.  Out children are incredible, are they not?  Either they have diabetes or they are the sibling to someone with diabetes and they go along their day with all of their ‘monumental problems’ and it is good if every now and again we remind them how special they are.

Oh sure, the room may be a wreck, but if they made the attempt, let them know it.  Any little thing they do…..congratulate them on one of them.  If my kids have something to tell me, even at this stage in their lives when they are between 19-27, I try to focus on what they have to say.

Their busy little lives are very full and many times we push them because of….well….life.  Find the time.

Many of my nieces and nephews are now getting married and have started their families.  They marvel at their new child and of course us old timers are quick to remind them……..enjoy every second because it will be gone before you know it.

It will be gone before you know it.

My Uncle Michael was a wonderful actor.  He was in the business for years and has been gone for a few years now.  I learned something from him that I will always cherish; he was good listener.  A very good listener.  I have to work at it, my brother Joe has mastered listening as my Uncle had.  If Joe is in a conversation with you, he is focused just on you and distraction is pretty hard to do to him.

So if your kids have something to say, start practicing now until it becomes easy, listen to them.  Tell them how great their story was and how you enjoyed it. I get it, we all have a million and one things on your plate but remember this; whatever it is that your child wants to tell you; out of the million things that happen to them during their day, they chose to tell you THIS story—–it is important to them.

I know we hear our kids…….but enjoy listening also, you will find them much more attentive to you across the board and they have some pretty exciting stuff to share.  They may have also something very important that you may otherwise…….miss.

Try it.

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