|"Rowan and Cadee - In a calm state"|
Let me start by clarifying the title. Is this temper tantrum diabetes related or is it simply my kid throwing a fit?
I have been meaning to write about this for a while now and what prompted this post was a discussion this morning with my non-diabetic kids day-care provider. The day-care worker told me that Cadee was throwing some extreme tantrums in an attempt to get out of quiet time. We discussed reasons etc....And I left thinking, well she is three and has been testing boundaries at home lately. This lead me to think about Rowan our youngest type 1. She was 18 months when Diagnosed. Right before the onset of the "Challenging twos"
It made parenting her tricky, as we knew that fluctuating sugars can result in moodiness. I am speaking from my own personal Jekyll and Hyde episodes that I exhibited with Highs and lows.
When Rowan had a temper tantrum we would normally chalk it up as your typical toddler exhibiting dysregulated emotional behavior. We would always, pause, test, and ensure it wasn't diabetes related. Then in the back of my mind I would be thinking; you just wait, if this is just you being a toddler, you're going straight into a time out, or we'd redirect in an attempt to dissuade her undesirable actions.
This really sucked for us. It was one more step in an already emotionally draining parenting situation (that any parent can attest to). One of the hardest parts of parenting is having to discipline your child(ren) who just aren't quite there yet, emotionally, verbally, developmentally. Parenting's hard enough, but throw Diabetes into the mix and it is one more element to consider before handing out the sentence --- 2 minutes no parole...on the naughty bench.
Thought I'd share this conundrum. Now Rowan is old enough to explain that she is probably highly emotional or upset for more then just the situation at hand, but also because her sugar is high or low.
My heart goes out to the parents caring for type 1 diabetic kids, it is not for the faint of heart.
PS: How do you handle the above scenarios with you little diabetic?