The years from 18 to 25 are often considered the time of “high hopes and big dreams.” That’s because as your child prepares for college, the working world, or whatever’s next, there are bound to be big hopes and changes, as well as ups and downs along the way.
As someone caring for a teenager with type 1 diabetes, you’ve both probably been through a lot, pushing through bad times to a better place. So, you’re in a unique place to help them move on. The question is, how can you be the most helpful?
From learning how to manage their type 1 diabetes, teenagers already built up important skill sets that can help them take those first steps into independence:
Now is the time to start planning how best to handle your teen’s big change into young adulthood. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Successful diabetes self-management when your grown child is on his or her own will be key. Here are some suggestions you can share:
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Like any teenager, your child is likely going to want to learn how to drive. And that’s great for them (though maybe not for your nerves). However, in some states your child will need to report having type 1 diabetes to the department of motor vehicles. Then they will need a doctor to fill out a medical evaluation form to state that they can drive safely.
Have a look at the DMV website in your state so you and your teen can talk about what rules may apply.
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