CDN Student Advice: Navigating Your First College Break at Home

CDN Student Advice: Navigating Your First College Break at Home

ParentsCDN Student Advice Columnists give advice about navigating the first break home from college.

Question:

Hi! I’m a freshman in college and I’m getting ready to go back home for break for the first time. My mom already booked me an endo appointment without asking me and I know she’s going to ask me a million questions about my diabetes when I get home. How do I get her to trust my diabetes management and stay out of it like she does when I’m away?

Answers:

Abbey:

Hi! This is a great question! It seems that you enjoyed not being bombarded with questions from your mom. A way to avoid all of these questions when you are home for breaks is to just update your mom every once in awhile when away at school. I think since you do not talk too often about your diabetes management when away at school, she doesn’t feel in the loop.This may cause her to want to pack it all into one break. Therefore, I would try to shoot her a text maybe once a week telling her something simple along the lines of “Hi Mom, had a low today while walking to class, ugh.” Hopefully, she appreciates the fact that you are sharing some things, and won’t feel she’s being too nosey. Then when you are home on break, she will be used to the few, random updates, and that is all she will expect. Hope this helps!

Zach:

Breaks at home can be a bit tough, but the most important thing to do is have a conversation with your mom about how you both want to discuss your treatment. While you may want to keep everything private and just handle it like you do at school, she may want to know your blood sugars constantly and to be aware of how you are treating it. It’s important to have this conversation about how you will discuss it, what you’d like her to ask about, and what you’ll share. It’s important to keep in mind that while you may want to keep everything to yourself, she is your mom and worries about your treatment. Be sure to make sure that she feels comfortable with your treatment as well.

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Contributor: Student Advice Columnists Abbey and Zach

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