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Re: : [IP] Periods, Puberty, and Pumping



I hope to be as strong as you are as a parent...I know it will make the kids
stronger at the same time..
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2002 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: : [IP] Periods, Puberty, and Pumping


> > I wonder how other parents of teenagers handle
> > overnighters?  Any suggestions? Susan S.
>
> Let'm grow up. For one-nighters, chat with the parents (once, not
> every time). For camp, provide him with an alarm clock to wake him or
> campmates in the middle of the night if he needs to check, provide
> instructions to camp personal.
>
> Grit your teeth, cut'm loose. The independence and sense of
> responsibility you instill in your child will be of much more benefit
> than hovering around. It's our job to help them accept these
> responsibilities, not protect them from the inevitable. BTDT
>
> I've made it a point to make sure that Lily has the confidence and
> help(if needed) to do everything her peers can do. It's paid off big
> time! She has matured into a smart, independent can-do-anything
> young woman. I believe as a parent that I must make that effort
> everyday in spite of my worries about her health, etc...
> Yes, last night I crept into her room in the middle of the night to
> see if she was breathing (she was, of course), she'd been a little
> low at bed time and I was worried, just like you are about your
> child. But....
>
> The week she was dx'd (age 11) she had been invited to go to Hawaii
> with a girl friend.  She went, not without some hassle from the
> doc's at the hospital, but she did go. She attended diabetes camp at
> age 11 and 12 and announced she did not want to go back because it
> was too regimented (she was the only kid pumper, they wanted her to
> eat snacks). The next three years she went to a regular camp in the
> mountains for 2 weeks each summer. Mimi and I bit our nails the whole
> time, but we survived and our daughter matured and became more
> independent with each outing. Although she is now home for winter
> break from college, she will again go off ON HER OWN where we can not
> see or help her if she needs us, but that is as it should be. She is
> prepared as well as her mother and I could manage. Learning each step
> with trips away, overnights, etc....
>
> Just do it. You will be pleased with the results.
>
> Michael
> email @ redacted
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