I have two children, a son age 6 and a daughter age 9. My daughter was diagnosed New years Eve 2008 and 8 months into this, I struggle with what to allow my son to eat in front of my daughter when my daughter can not have something. I have totally changed the food I have in our home to support a healthier diet for all of us, but my son feels like he is being punished when I dont allow him to have something that he used to be able to have. And if I do, my duaghter is in tears (not mad, just updset). For example, the ice cream man that rides through the neighborhood 50 times a day....need I say more! This may seem silly and certainly the least of my problems, but it is an issue. Any suggestions?
What about attention? I am a single mom. Dad's in the picture, but I cant rely on him to take the multiple daily calls from school, help with setting or attending appointments, etc., etc. I work a lot and have a high stress job (Dir. HR). I have had a hard time with finding a babysitter that is willing to take on this responsibility (and have relied on my sister temporarily). While I try to share my time equally with my kids, lets face it, my daughter requires more care which my son equates to more time (even if it's for something unpleasant like testing sugar or giving insulin). My son tells me I love my daughter more b/c she has diabetes. I know that's not the case, but I think he actually believes it. Just wondered if anyone else has experienced this and if so, any advice would be appreciated.