It's easy to focus on the bad examples that pop out at our teens. That's why every chance I get to point out someone with diabetes who has achieved highly despite their disease, I do it. I'll typically get the eye roll, but it's an important to keep reinforcing. It's not that I expect our 14-year old Cassie to be an Olympic skiier or swimmer, I just want her to have concrete proof that diabetes can be overcome.
But you know what? I find that when we point HER out as a positive example to younger kids with Type 1 diabetes, she beams and exhibits even better than normal behavior. In fact, I just recently blogged about how her diabetes has made our whole family more fit. She is a great example of healthy eating to all her non-diabetic friends.
Have you ever come across any good role models for our teens? Do you get the "eye roll" like I do?