Our 12 year-old son (diagnosed at age 5, in 6th grade now, on the pump this year) has recently been acting out as far as his pump control is concerned (lying about his BG reading when he hadn't actually done a BG reading, and last night receiving an over-dose of insulin for what was thought to be a high BG after not coming clean about having just recently eaten and taking units!). When we got to the heart of the story last night surrounding the lies - it was an emotional breakdown as to him feeling not normal at school and in life because of his diabetes, and feeling like other kids and adults treat him differently because he is a diabetic. He confessed that he feels like he is given things in life because he is a diabetic (good grades, rewards from us) - and not because he's earned any of them. He also reports that kids at school are afraid of "catching" diabetes from him and so they won't even touch him. He was heartbroken (as was I!!!) to feel so different and ostracized. ...we know teen years are hard, for ANY teen. We tried to share our rough experiences as kids, but I know that just doesn't always make it through (parents NEVER know what they're talking about, right?). Who else has been through this, and what works? Here's our game plan moving forward: -more close monitoring of his pump use (not that we want to regress and take away control from him - but we aren't fully trusting him right now and need to know he's safe) -will get involved with the local Diabetes Association, and involve him in their teen program, so he can get to know and talk to other kids his age with T1 -will seek a referral for a counselor for him -will seek a referral for a counselor for ourselves! ... anything else? We've looked at the teen camps for the summer and may see if he wants to go to one of those, but I don't want him to feel pressured (like we're sending him away for a week because he's done something wrong!) ..I want it to be a fun, positive event if he chooses to go.