Calling all girls with type 1 diabetes ages 12 and up, and their female caregivers! Mother Daughter Weekend is coming up, and we’d love to have you join us for three days of connecting, learning and thriving. You may be thinking, “My daughter has her diabetes well in hand, we won’t get anything out of this event”. That’s what Carb DM founder and executive director Tamar Sofer-Geri used to think! When her daughter Tia was eight, she seemed to be the model diabetes patient. But girls with diabetes face unique challenges as they move through puberty, and Tamar realized that diabetes had the potential to put a significant strain on her relationship with Tia during the teen years. As she wrote in a guest post for Beyond Type 1 last year, “Without education, practice and opportunities to connect and nurture our relationship, diabetes could rule and ruin our relationship“.
Mother Daughter Weekend was born out of Tamar’s desire to be proactive about preparing to survive the teen years with type 1 diabetes. Since then Mother Daughter Weekend has helped dozens of moms and daughters. Whether your daughter has lived with T1D for one year or ten, you’ll both come away with some valuable insights on growing up with diabetes, and some great new friends. Here are ten reasons you and your daughter are going to want to attend Mother Daughter Weekend:
1) Understand how puberty, growing up and relationships are all affected by diabetes.
Puberty can be a challenging time for a girl with diabetes. At Mother Daughter Weekend moms will learn about how puberty’s physical, psychological and social changes impact on diabetes management. Girls will attend workshops and participate in honest discussions about peer pressure, drinking, dating, and more.
2) Learn how to listen and talk to each other
As girls grow up, so do their relationships with their mothers. The mom-daughter relationship can grow closer during the teen and tween years… or they can grow further apart. Having type 1 diabetes can either strain or strengthen that relationship further. At Mother Daughter Weekend, moms and daughters will learn communication tips and strategies. In addition, Moms will learn ways to balance their daughter’s need for independence with their need for support.
3) Inspire and be inspired
At Mother Daughter Weekend you’ll meet some amazing people, from speakers to panelists to fellow moms and daughters. Each one has a unique story to tell, yet everyone is connected in a fundamental way. You’ll be inspired by listening to people’s stories, and you’ll inspire others by sharing your own story. Mother Daughter Weekend is a great way to build on your network of support to turn to when things get rough.
4) Get tips from a Diva
Hear about surviving the teen years with diabetes from someone who has been there, done that. Naomi Kingery Ruperto was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age twelve, fifteen years ago. She named herself “The Diabetic Diva” and resolved to approach life with positivity and spirit. Naomi wrote two books about living with diabetes while in her teens, and has since written two more.
5) Hear about surviving a disaster with diabetes
Svati Narula (diagnosed with T1D in 2000) was working as a reporter at Everest Base Camp on April 25, 2015, the day an earthquake rattled Nepal, killing nearly 9,000. The earthquake caused an avalanche at Everest Base Camp and killed 21 people there. It is the deadliest day in Everest history. Hear Svati’s account of the events as they unfolded, as well as that of her mother Elna, who was half a world away.
6) See the power of teamwork
You’re going to want to stay all the way until the very last minute of Mother Daughter Weekend, because the high-powered mother-daughter team of Sarah and Mary Lucas will be closing the show with their Sunday afternoon keynote. Sarah Lucas founded Beyond Type 1 along with singer Nick Jonas, chef Sam Talbot, and venture capitalist Juliet de Baubigny. Sarah’s daughter Mary was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1998 at the age of seven. Sarah and Mary will talk about tackling type 1 diabetes as a team.
7) Pose for a Mother Daughter Portrait
Capture that special relationship in a special portrait. It has become an annual Mother Daughter Weekend tradition for moms and daughters to pose for portraits. Photographer Tara Layman will be lending us her talents and preserving those precious memories on Saturday afternoon.
8) Play Bocce Ball
Bocce isn’t reserved for old, Italian, cigar-smoking men! In fact, Bocce ball is fast becoming a popular game for young adults at bars, vacations, and parties. Find out what the new bocce craze is all about at our annual Mother Daughter Weekend. It’s easy to play and can be enjoyed by players of every level and ability. Best of all, there’s plenty of time for socializing and bonding in between turns.
9) Bond with Dia-Besties
What will you get when you gather tween and teen girls who share similar life experiences for the weekend? A three-day sleepover with your favorite dia-besties! Girls attend separate talks from the adults so they have a safe space to open up and share. In addition, our schedule is jam-packed with fun activities like bracelet making, bocce ball, and pool time, so there’s plenty of opportunity to bond. We eat all meals together and spend the day together, so whether it’s your first Mother Daughter Weekend or your third, moms and girls are sure to make new friends by the end.
10) Spend time with your favorite girl
When was the last time you had the chance to spend the weekend alone with your daughter? In today’s hectic world, school and work and activities and carpools take up so much time and energy, there’s hardly any left for mother-daughter quality time. Mother Daughter Weekend is the perfect opportunity for some one-on-one, parent-child bonding.