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Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by lizzie, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. lizzie

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    How would you feel about having a babysitter with type 1? I am a college student and I have gotten a lot of calls about babysitting this summer. Someone suggested to me that I tell all the families about my diabetes ahead of time. Do you think that is necessary? As a parent would you want to know that your babysitter had a health condition or is that just opening the door to misconceptions about my abilities? None of the families have children with diabetes so they most likely don't know much about type 1. Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Heather(CA)

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    Hmmm, I think you should tell the parents but not on the phone, have a meeting before you start babysitting. When the boys were younger and I used babysitters, I always had them come over for a little while just to meet the kids and talk a little. If they don't do that I would suggest a meeting them talk to them about D at that time face to face. They will see how competent you are so that it shouldn't be a deal breaker. What do you think?
     
  3. AlisonKS

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    well now that I have a child with diabetes, it would be a preference! I'm not sure how I'd go about letting them know. It's been a decade, well almost 2-but I always had them know that I contacted my parents often during a babysitting gig so they knew I was safe-we didn't live in the greatest neighborhood.
     
  4. KatieSue

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    I would definitely tell them. My Daughter is 15 and babysits for a family with two kids, one in Kindergarten and one in First grade, and they knew she was diabetic before they hired her so she hasn't had to explain anything.
     
  5. Mom264

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    I think I would encourage my daughter to tell them.

    I wouldn't want her to try to hide her pump or not look at her monitor (or "gulp!" refrain from checking BG) while babysitting, and these are things that the children would likely notice and be curious about. (And talk about later once Mom and Dad get home.)

    I think if the family knows and the children are brought up to speed, no one is surprised, and if anyone needs any "diabetes education" she could do that up front.
     
  6. dejahthoris

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    I would tell parents, but I seriously doubt they would care. Have you thought about babysitting for type 1 kids too? I bet their parents would be THRILLED to have a type 1 babysitter! I know I would if I needed one, my son is a bit too big now:)
     
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    I wouldn't have a problem. My sister in law is type 1 and I have no problems with her watching Gavi. I think you should mention it to the parents just in case you need to do any blood sugar checks or if you need to give yourself insulin.
     
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    My daughter applied for a job as a camp counselor and told the director...not a problem at all. You'd probably want to say something because the kids are going to see you testing and they would let the parents know anyway.
     
  9. dejahthoris

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    By the way, I know a girl w/ t1 who is about 15 and I would let her babysit my kids in a heartbeat - that is, if I had any little ones still. She does so much, great grades, sports, etc. plus taking good care of her t1 on top of it, shows me she is on the ball!!
     
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    I know a family with 2 newly diagnosed kids and they purposely found a babysitter with Type 1.:cwds: What a great role model!

    I think you should tell the parents when you meet them - not first off, because as we all know having diabetes doesn't define the person you are. Remember lots of times the way people perceive a situation is how it is presented;)

    Good luck! You are going to have a fun summer - I loved babysitting in the summer when I was a teen, it was a great excuse to "play like a kid again"
     
  11. melissabeth

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    Yeah, I think you should mention it, but I can't really imagine it being a dealbreaker for anyone. I also think you should see if you can put up an ad at the local hospital or something since I bet lots of parents of type 1 kids would be thrilled to have a type 1 sitter.
     
  12. virgo39

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    I would tell them after they interviewed you, in a matter of fact way, and let them know (assuming it's true) that it has not been a problem, etc.
     
  13. Mimi

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    As someone else mentioned I would let them know in the context of "I have Type 1 diabetes and need to monitor my bg and take insulin by (injection, pump whichever)."

    Just so that when their kids start telling stories to them at dinner about how the babysitter made her finger bleed, gave herself a needle or played with her "cell phone" a lot they understand and don't jump to any wild conclusions.:rolleyes:
     
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  14. denise3099

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    Imagine the looks on their faces if they didn't know about D and a syringe fell out of your purse! :eek: LOL.
     

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