Christopher was checking his own sugar two days after diagnosis at age 6, almost 7. I would not have thought he shouldn't do it at that age. But then I knew almost nothing about T1D at that time either. I think he wanted to feel like he had control and he asked for the nurse to show him how to do it. The doctors and nurses in the hospital were impressed that he wanted to learn so quickly, but no one said he shouldn't do it. I would definitely not ever force him to do it if he didn't want to, though. And if he came to me now at age 8 and said he didn't want to do his own sugar checks for a while, I would take them over.