So for a while now we have been experiencing some crazy bad behavior from Cara and I just don't know what to do. You would think that a mother of 6 would have all the answers when it comes to children's behavior. But this is territory that I have not enter with any of my other children. Cara has always been a little fire cracker, but shy and it is just part of her personality, however a natural fire cracker mixed with high blood sugar and watch out! She is just out of control at times. I have tried time-outs, taking things and activities away, we tried positive reinforcements etc, etc, etc and still bouts of bad behavior. Screaming, throwing things, hitting people, saying mean things to people, throwing herself on the floor, ripping things out of peoples hands. For the most part every time she has an outburst like this I put her in a time-out to relax in my room, then I take her blood sugar. It is usually in the 20's. I feel so bad sometimes yelling at her for her behavior because I really don't know what she is going through and how she is feeling when she has high blood sugar. But she can not act like this.
I have good kids very well behaved kids. Everywhere we go people are amazed at their behavior and usually embarrassed at there kids behavior compared to mine because there is 6 of them and only 1 of their own. But with Cara I just don't want to leave the house anymore in fear of a huge outburst (that is really sad to say) I'm nervous that these outburst will became a habit for Cara and this will be her new normal behavior.
And don't get me started on sleeping. No matter naps or bedtime, both have never been a problem for ANY of my children except for Cara, she just will not sleep. Whenever it is time for sleep it is a fight, "Cara get back to bed" all night long! She use to share a room with her sister Kylie and we are in the process of making Cara her own room because she was keeping Kylie up all night long. We thought with Kylie out of her room she would be able to fall asleep easier, but that has not happened. It is just a lot less noisy. I'm wondering if sleeplessness is a side effect of diabetes or insulin? I can tell you that bad behavior is a side effect of sleeplessness!!! lol
So basically these are 3 main things I have working against me with Cara's behavior, !st Cara is 3 years old and with all 3 year olds you do expect a LITTLE bit of fussiness, 2nd Cara has very little sleep at night, and she wakes up so early, so she is tired all day long and 3rd Cara BG numbers have been quit high during the late mornings for a while now and that is when I see the most problems with her behavior. I wish I could just snap my fingers and get my sweet little Cara back......where did she go?
I also was reading all the blogs today about how school is fast approaching and my stomach was doing back flips, I thought that I might just puke. This will be Cara's first year of school J.K. (Jr. Kindergarten) and boy if she thinks that she will be acting like she is acting at home she will be kick out her first week of school! lol (but not really)
What is a mother to do? :) Just keep swimming !!