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KiDS FiRST Diabetes Second: tips for parenting a child with type 1 diabetes

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2013 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD WINNER

Raising a child is a difficult job. Raising a child with a chronic illness such as diabetes can be a difficult job with a side order of special challenges.

Leighann Calentine?s D-Mom Blog is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children with diabetes. Leighann shares her family?s experiences with her daughter?s type 1 diabetes in a forum that is intimate, ...

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Overview

2013 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD WINNER

Raising a child is a difficult job. Raising a child with a chronic illness such as diabetes can be a difficult job with a side order of special challenges.

Leighann Calentine’s D-Mom Blog is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children with diabetes. Leighann shares her family’s experiences with her daughter’s type 1 diabetes in a forum that is intimate, informative, and inspirational.

In a style both practical and affirming, Kids First, Diabetes Second presents Leighann’s advice to help parents and caregivers enable children with diabetes to thrive. Learn how to automate tasks, navigate challenges, celebrate achievements, establish a support group, relieve stress, and avoid being consumed by management of the condition, while focusing on what’s most important: raising a happy, healthy child.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"There are many books about the medical aspects of living with type 1. There are few about the “living a life” aspects of type 1. This is one of the best. Highly recommended."
Children with Diabetes

“Leighann’s book is the support system and toolkit that every family needs in order to make sure diabetes doesn’t get in the way of your kid being able to live life like a kid.”
Diabetes Daily

“[Calentine] did a great job explaining things and then used a fabulous panel of experts to help fill in various areas. The balance was brilliant and this is definitely a book that should be given to every newly diagnosed family at least.”
Diabetes Advocacy

“It’s a from the heart, hands-on guidebook for parents of kids newly diagnosed with diabetes or for those who’ve been at it for some years. As Leighann says, there’s always more to learn and another tip or two to pick up along the way. It’s a book for parents of kids with diabetes, grandparents and other caregivers in a child’s life. DHCPs should also pick up a copy. We can all gain insights about the day to day realities of managing a child with type 1 diabetes.”
— Hope Warshaw, certified diabetes educator, author, Eat Well, Live Healthy website

“The only thing that surpasses the knowledge one may gain from reading Leighann Calentine’s Kid First, Diabetes Second is seeing the passion from which the author has written. It should be on the desk of every diabetes educator and distributed to every newly diagnosed family who walks in their office.”
— Tom Karlya, Diabetesdad to the diabetes community, VP of The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

“…this book covers the right balance of practical information on tactics and tips for managing diabetes along with how to deal with the emotional burden of raising a child with diabetes.”
DiabetesMine

“I read Kids First, Diabetes Second and thought it was fantastic. Leighann has clearly poured her heart into helping other parents help their children. I highly recommend this to anyone with a child with diabetes!”
— David Edelman, President, Diabetes Daily

Kids First, Diabetes Second is a must-read for all T1 parents looking for a supportive voice. Even after three years of developing my family’s tool set for handling type 1 diabetes, this book proves there are still more tricks to learn. Calentine writes from the heart and it feels more like you’ve got a close friend sitting down with you, dishing her experience in carefully measured portions; handled so tenderly, so sweetly, you better make sure you bolus when reading.”
— Dan Masucci, writer/director of DxONE, the first narrative film about type 1 diabetes

“Written in a language that reads like a letter from your best friend, Leighann and Quinn have created a book that will absolutely give you the support and knowledge you need to get through every unexpected, confusing, and sometimes scary moment you’ll face while raising your son and daughter with diabetes.”
— Ginger Vieira, author of Your Diabetes Science Experiment, type 1 since 1999

“I wish that Kids First, Diabetes Second was in print when my daughter Arden was diagnosed with type I diabetes. I spent years figuring out the things that Leighann’s book could have taught me in a weekend. It’s a roadmap for newly diagnosed families and a reference for those that have been living with diabetes for years. If you are the parent of a child with type I, this is the book for you.”
— Scott Benner, author of Arden’s Day, parent of a child with type 1 diabetes

"Kids First, Diabetes Second is a most valuable resource for any overwhelmed parent looking to cope with a child’s diagnosis and we recommend that parents who haven’t read it should run not walk to get a copy!"
DiaTribe.org

“Leighann’s book was so wonderful…One of the things I loved about the book was that Leighann just laid it all out there so simply…I think it’s that helpful, positive tone of the book that I appreciated the most. It was encouraging and it was nice to read from another Mom who has “been there-done that” and has found some useful tips for us other parents. Sure, we all have to travel on this journey the best way we see fit for our child, but I love how Leighann SHARES what she knows. I think it’s that education and that sharing of information that really comforts those who are going through it all. We know others are with us, have experienced what we are going through and can relate. We truly are NOT alone.”
—Kristina of One Happy Mama

“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.”
—The Motherhood

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938170003
  • Publisher: Spry Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 216,127
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leighann Calentine is a respected health blogger and diabetes advocate, who was recently recognized as one of the 10 most influential people currently within the diabetes online community.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Diagnosis Day 13

Chapter 2 Diabetes Boot Camp 28

Chapter 3 The New Normal 41

Chapter 4 Diabetes 101 50

Chapter 5 Diabetes Central 74

Chapter 6 Let Them Eat Cake 81

Chapter 7 Less Stress, More Happiness 107

Chapter 8 School Days 141

Chapter 9 RX for Sick Days 168

Chapter 10 All in the Family 179

Chapter 11 Your Support System 193

Chapter 12 Comfort for Kids 204

Chapter 13 Teen Talk 219

Chapter 14 The Language of Diabetes 236

Chapter 15 Getting Involved 244

Chapter 16 Looking Toward the Future 257

Appendices

Resources 26

Carb Factors of Common Foods 169

Kitchen Conversion Chart 274

Acknowedgements 275

Author Bio 280

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Great book!!!

    Great book!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great Book for the Basics

    The author does a great job of covering the basics. My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 a year ago and age 4 and there is a huge learning curve. I also like to hear other's perspectives on parties, sleepovers and school. Well written book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    What a fantastic book!

    I truly enjoyed Kids First, Diabetes Second, and believe that is would be very useful to any parent or caregiver of a child with diabetes. The author addresses virually every important aspect of managing a child's diabetes: the diagonsis, basic how-to information, diet and nutrition, exercise, sleepovers, holidays, school situations, you name it...it's in this book!
    Something I really enjoyed was the fact that throughout the book there are useful sections contributed by other well known people in the diabetes online and offline communities, writing about topics they're experts on. Kerri Sparling adds a section about diabetes camps. Kelly Kunik writes about traveling with diabetes. Scott Benner talks about 504 plans and building relationships with your school. And the incredible diabetes expert Gary Scheiner is in there as well, along with many other people who provide inspiration to people with diabetes everywhere.
    But the best thing about this book is how the information is presented. The auther is ver very obviously writing from her own personal experiences and from the heart. Every page of the book has helpful tips that she has actually tried at home, tips that have worked for her and her family. I really identified with per positive and practical outlook on managing diabetes, parenting, and life in general. Her philosophy is always making sure that you focus on raising your 'Kids First" is a great message for all parents of children with diabetes , and for parents of children with any chronic condition like diabetes. Thanks Leighann!
    If you're a parent of a child with diabetes (especially a child who was recent diagnosed), or if you're a caregiver to a child with diabetes (grandparents, aunts/uncles. daycare provider, etc.), pick up a copy of this book. You'll be glad you did!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2014

    Wonderful, helpful book.  Our granddaughter age three was diagno

    Wonderful, helpful book.  Our granddaughter age three was diagnosed in Oct. and this book helped so much.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Great book. Gave me alot of information and tips i needed, since

    Great book. Gave me alot of information and tips i needed, since my 7 year old daughter was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on May 2013, I definetely needed the tips and advice! would reccomend this book to others! :)

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