Another Mother Daughter Weekend has gone down in the history books, and we are thrilled to see that so many moms and daughter had a great experience. Here are just some of the enthusiastic comments we’ve received:
— It was life changing. The speakers were top notch, the activities for the girls were so inclusive and it was so nice to just be with other moms in the same situation and find our “village”.
— It is a very unique experience and there is nothing else out there quite like it.
— M and I had a wonderful experience at the mother/daughter program last weekend. The program was extremely well thought out and beautifully planned. The content seemed to cover so many of the issues and challenges that are coming up for us right now. From communication to finding your voice to showcasing mothers and daughters who had “made it through”—we drove away Sunday with ours hearts and minds full.
— This is the best event we’ve been to in the diabetes community and we will definitely return next year.
Keeping things fresh
This year’s Mother Daughter Weekend was a good mix of new activities and well-loved traditions. To begin with, we love introducing new activities to keep things interesting for repeat attendees. We feature different keynote speakers each year, and each one brings a new perspective to living with diabetes. Our speakers are luminaries in the diabetes work who move and inspire the crowd. In the past, we’ve had Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison, Beyond Type 1 founders Sarah and Mary Lucas, and blogger Naomi Ruperto. This year we welcomed Brenda Hitchcock and Marissa Town Hitchcock. Marissa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 2. Her parents, Brenda and Jeff, founded Children with Diabetes, one of the foremost online resources for the diabetes community and organizers of the popular Friends For Life conference.
This year, moms and daughters received makeovers courtesy of Stylebee beauty pros. Their expert artistry let everyone’s inner beauty shine for our group dinner and photos.
For the past few years we’ve gotten the competitive juices flowing with a rousing game of mom-daughter bocce ball. This year we decided to shake things up a bit with a new activity: the Olympics! Teams Dialympians, Insulwinners, and Diabadasses competed to best each other in Jenga, relays, and more.
Oldies but Goodies
As much as we love our new programming, it just wouldn’t be Mother Daughter Weekend without some of our tried and tested traditions. These Mother Daughter Weekend traditions bring a sense of continuity and keep attendees coming back year after year. One of the main goals of Mother Daughter Weekend is to educate moms and their T1D daughters on how T1D affects puberty. Diabetes Educator Mary Wright returned to give attendees a primer on T1D and the female body. She tackled tricky topics about growing up with T1D and shared tips for navigating new challenges along the way.
Melissa Lee (aka Sweetly Voiced) returned for the second straight year to head up the Find Your Voice creative sessions. Melissa is a diabetes advocate, blogger, professional singer and voice teacher. She combines all her passions to create hilarious diabetes-themed parodies of pop songs. We were so lucky to have Melissa debut two new, original d-parody songs during Mother Daughter Weekend! (check out Melissa’s d-parodies on her YouTube channel) .
Another goal of the weekend is to help moms and daughters communicate better and work as a team to manage diabetes. Our mother daughter communication workshops and mom/teen breakout sessions never fail to bring on laughter, enlightenment, and tears.
The group always loves getting together for creative activities. Our craft sessions and Find Your Voice workshops give girls a way to express their thoughts and emotions. Every year they manage to create beautiful and inspiring artwork.
Last but not least, our photo sessions have become a much-loved tradition. This year’s mother-daughter photos took on a zany feel, complete with costumes and props. I love looking at the group photo, because it shows how so many things change (girls are getting older), yet stay the same.
For our full set of photos, including our fun mother-daughter photos, check out our 2018 Mother Daughter Weekend gallery.