The beginning of each year is a good time to look back on the past year's successes (and shortcomings) and resolve to make it better. In 2010 as a parent of a child with Type 1 diabetes, I'm making this my #1 resolution: Listen more to my daughter.
After all, she's a responsible teen now. Cassie is more in touch with her own disease these days than when her mom and I were trying to guide her through good control as a young girl. Most times, she can "tell" when her blood sugar's dropping better than our scheduled finger sticks could indicate. She's also administered insulin so many times for crazy foods like pizza and Mexican food that she can judge the right amount of insulin to give herself.
So hopefully now we can DISCUSS her care with her more rather than strictly dictate it. Cassie has been great at helping to take care of her own diabetes. She's earned the right to have a say, and I'm resolving to be a better listener.