My 13 year old stepdaughter has had T1D for over 5 years now and we are past the tumult that comes with the initial diagnosis. Of course we have bad days when extreme highs and lows force us to slow down, but for the most part, she is doing exceptionally well. She is on a pump and her A1C is relatively good.
However, her dad and I are having concerns that we are not encouraging her to be independent enough with maintaining her levels. Unless she is feeling low or high, she very rarely checks without us prompting her. She always asks us how many carbs are in her food instead of looking herself, she always asks before doing a correction (even though the answer is virtually always yes, unless there is something very off, which she typically knows ahead of time), almost always needs to be prompted to do a change-out. She was still a little kid when she was diagnosed, so everyone took on the responsibility of handling this stuff for her, but now she’s only got a few more years until she’s out of the house and on her own, and we’re becoming nervous that she won’t be prepared to succeed without us over her shoulder. It’s not that we don’t want to help, but I do want to see her taking steps to manage her disease without being told how so we know she will be able to do it when she’s out of the house.
(For logistic’s sake, it’s worth nothing we have her in our home full time, so anything we implement can be maintained 24/7.) Now that the new school year is starting, we’d like to start taking steps to put more responsibility in her hands (new year, new responsibilities type thing). One thing we are thinking of is having her set an alarm every night around 8:30 to check her levels and leave time to correct before bedtime, which is something we typically take the reins on. Are there any other ideas for steps we can take, now and in the future, to empower her to confidently and accurately manage her T1D without us?