If you have a child with diabetes, you know how difficult it can be to meet their medical needs and keep up with a typical kid’s social life. How will they go to birthday parties and eat cake by themselves? Will they have enough energy to get through dance class or baseball practice? These are all common worries that go through parents’ minds.
Luckily, help has arrived in the form of a wonderful book for parents of diabetic kids.
Leighann Calentine, one of the amazing and talented bloggers in The Motherhood’s community, has written a new book called Kids First, Diabetes Second, in which she combats the misconception that diabetes will prevent children from doing all of the normal things that children do. In the book, she shares the story of how her daughter, Quinn, was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes at the age of three. She takes her readers through the emotional ride that she went through trying to figure out how to care for Quinn in this new way, sharing everything she has learned through the process.
One aspect of the book we really loved – Leighann incorporates green textboxes throughout her book to pull out and highlight helpful tips, inspirational stories, recipe ideas, and more!
For example, in the chapter “Let Them Eat Cake,” Leighann includes countless tips on how to let your child enjoy food without the constant stress of monitoring their carbs intake. One of tips reads, “When opening a box of snacks, take a few minutes to portion them out. That way, you don’t have to weigh or count a serving each time.”
This book will tell you everything that doctors and specialists will not. Leighann doesn’t explain how to manage the medical aspects of diabetes, but rather, how to avoid allowing the medical aspects of the disease to take over daily family life. She stresses the crucial point that children should be children first, and children who happen to live with diabetes second.
Diabetes currently affects 25.8 million or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of those cases, about 215,000 are people younger than 20 years of age. If you or someone you know is looking for a guide to help manage or understand living with a child who has type 1 Diabetes, this book is an excellent resource!
In Leighann’s own words, this book is for you “if you are looking for advice on how to manage you family’s life with diabetes; how to streamline the seemingly endless tasks involved with diabetes care each day; how to handle school and sports; how to help your child with diabetes be a child first and foremost.”
We agree! Congratulations on publishing your book, Leighann, and thank you for sharing your own story and advice to inspire and guide other parents who are raising diabetic children.