bennet headshotHi I’m Bennet.

My wife and I have four kids, two type 1s. If you are reading this on Drinking with Diabetes you may have teens on insulin too. I’m here to share the idea that you as parents matter in your kids lives. Please talk with your kids about alcohol and please listen to them as much or more than you talk.  Above all please don’t preach.

Help them understand that you know they will ultimately make their own choices. In their lives will be great choices and some less so. Make sure they know you will be there to help when they need it.

How do you do that? First get yourself ready. Browse this site read some or the link on our resource page. Then start a conversation.

Don’t know what to say?

Think of some key points. If your are nervous role pay the conversation with your significant other. Pick one or two ideas from our starter list:

  • Recognize that they will be making choices including some you may not like.
  • Be a parent not a peer. Don’t revel in old war stories.
  • To have influence in the process you both need to be engaged so listen and don’t preach.
  • One conversation is not going to cover it all so think about how ongoing conversations may be more effective.
  • Share your concern for their safety in non judgmental ways.
  • Be clear about safety issues: Glucagon will not work after alcohol, alcohol lowers BG, bad decision under the influence can be more damaging than drinking. A hangover is bad, a car crash is much worse.
  • Be willing to be a sober driver or help with blood sugars without ramification.

Concerned about starting the conversation try this, “I know that you will be making choices in life. I suspect most will be great but a few may not be so great. I want you to know that I love you and that I will help you if you needed. I want to be safe because I love you. That means, if you call me, I am willing to help you out of a tough situation without repercussions. How do you think we can do that?”

You know you kids better than anyone. Listen respectfully. Keep talking. Use active listening, repeating back what they say, “I hear you saying ….“

Good luck. If you have any useful parenting tips you want to share email them to us at  (email or share them with the DWD group on facebook.)



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