Update on Parenting and 14-day average

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2008-05-02 12:36:28 -0500
Started 2008-04-28 04:35:25 -0500

So, a little over a week ago, I was feeling the need to help my son get motivated to bring down his blood sugars. I did something I'd never done. I offered him a large reward if he would reach a certain 14-day-average goal.

I was a little worried at first that it was bad parenting. That it might build an unrealistic expectation for the future.

Well, it will remain to be seen what the long-term results are. But the short-term results have been nothing short of fantastic. I'm amazed at how his attention to detail has elevated. It's been so great to see him double-check his blood sugars after a meal or before eating a snack. Well, I'll just say I've been very happy.

He thinks he'll reach his goal by the end of the week. Which honestly is much faster than I thought would even be possible.

4 replies

BrookeT 2008-05-02 12:36:28 -0500 Report

What a great idea. I think I may try a reward for the testing itself. Not sure if I am comfortable with rewarding blood sugars. I think if I reward the # itself then I am opening my daughter up to a thought process that if I reward good sugars then what am I going to do about bad sugars punish her? My daughter is only 8 so I think maybe it's different than a teenager. For now the idea of rewarding her for remembering to test and put it in her pump is a great idea.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-04-29 01:45:56 -0500 Report

Hmmm… Am I too old for my parents to do such things for me? Maybe I'll set my own goal with a promised reward for myself.

If it helps, then that's good. Hope it all goes well.

diabeticmidfielder 2008-04-28 13:29:05 -0500 Report

Your vote of confidence is overwhelming. Maybe due to my surprising dedication we could up the reward.


John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-04-29 02:38:46 -0500 Report

Sorry, that sounded different than I intended. I meant that I thought it would be harder to move the average (just from a math perspective), not that you couldn't make a difference.

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