I have diabetes YO!!!
We all know diabetes can be as cool as a bag of rocks but I have the honor of talking to my son’s fifth grade class about it next week and I figure the only way I will get to reach these 10 year old pre -teens is at their level.
It was far much easier for the younger kids but as they grow older, their attention spans tend to shorten.
Am no astronaut, 007 or even Kanye West but I do believe my ode to juvenile diabetes should include teaching these kids on how to deal with someone with diabetes that they may encounter, be it a classmate, a relative or even a stranger.
The state of diabetes today is that our kids are experiencing the effects of diabetes on a regular basis and they should be made aware of the disease and its effects.
When I had to teach my son about it, I used the following guidelines and I will be using these same one’s next week.
Here are a few tips on how to teach your kids about diabetes, its dangers and your fight.
Be truthful – kids are more resilient than we give them credit for so please be truthful and explain what diabetes is and what to expect but be sure not scare them.
Incorporate them in the management plan – while my son likes candy he will not let me touch a piece even if I want to. He keeps me on the straight and narrow more than anyone else.
Teach them the value of eating right and exercise as part of an overall healthier eating habits
Tell them that diabetes is manageable and that with the right lifestyle changes that you are going to live a long time yet
Make it fun – make management into a fun endeavor with rewards for activities and healthier eating.
If you are still struggling with your diabetes, do not let them see you negative or depressed it will have a longer negative impact on their view of the disease
you might want to dispel any negative information as well like diabetes is not contagious so if they have a school mate or friend who is diabetic that they don’t have to shun them.
Tell them about symptoms and what to do if you are suddenly struck down how to help by calling 911 or getting an adult.
Tell them about Insulin and do a demonstration on how you have to take it, if it is injections or an insulin pump.
Assure them that being diabetic does not mean that things will change for the worse, remind them that you love them and that it is a better living for everyone.
Now how can I look cool doing this I wonder?
May be I should just get them some diabetes engraved pens or personalized pencils from Amsterdam printing, I was thinking the diabetes graffiti above will make the pen cool enough for them to remember.
what do you guys think?