How can I help my child accept her diabetes?

First, accept it yourself. Children are great little chameleons. They pick up the attitudes and emotions of parents faster than you can say "Jackie Robinson." If you have the attitude that your child's diabetes is a disaster and a loathsome burden, that's the attitude your child is likely to develop. If you take his or her diabetes in your stride, accept the restrictions of the disease, and work positively toward helping him or her learn how to lead a full life, you'll instill these positive attitudes by living example.

Incidentally, your question hit on the number one, foremost, important adjustment attitude for a diabetic acceptance. It may be the hardest to come by, but once acceptance is there, all the rest is relatively easy.


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