Coaching the Coach: Parents of Children With Diabetes
When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, the parents' natural response is to imagine the worse scenarios-insulin shots, limitations, and long term complications.
It is OK to briefly consider those possible realities as long as you the parent and coach don't dwell in that valley. Imagine for a minute that you are coaching a youth baseball team, and you began your season with the focus, "Well, we can possibly lose all of our games this season and be plagued with injuries, making us the worst team in the league". It probably wouldn't encourage the team to do their best now would it? It is the same with parenting a child with diabetes.
Yes, after all of that work, there are benefits! For the novice, all of this seems like a whole lot of work-and it is. It is a mindset, and equipping a plan to manage diabetes. While it may seem like a lot, particularly for a young child, it prepares them for more of the same in life. The road to successful academic achievement is a mindset (GPA 3.5) and a well equipped plan (study between classes at the library and redo all homework prior to tests). The road to a successful career is a mindset (make partner within 5 years) and a well equipped plan (keep schedule on iPad and always be well prepared for presentations). Said another way, diabetes can provide practice for success in life.
Jacquie Lewis-Kemp is a Health Coach and Author of Blessed Assurance: Success Despite the Odds An inspirational story of LIVING life with diabetes and organ transplants rather than LIMITING life because of them. Contributing author of Victorious Living for Women and My Sweet Life Successful Women with Diabetes. Visit http://www.jlewiskemp.com for more information or to purchase books. Follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/jacquie.lewiskemp