I would be very impressed if by you and your children if you’re able to get them to wake up throughout nights in college to manage their sugars. I’m not saying it’s not possible, but may or may not be realistic. Speaking from experience, teenage/early college years are a time of really actually being independent in diabetes management; and when confronted with this independence, caring about diabetes can fall to the backburner… Of course, every kid and every family is different, but I wish I had had a conversation before going into high school/going off to college with 1. my endo and 2. my parents to establish expectations/common goals that were realistic and also establish who responsibility would fall on for what. I was left wishing I’d had these conversations retrospectively because we were on very different pages, leading to frustration and anxiety on all ends that could have been partially avoided.
This may be unorthodox…my parents practiced diabetes management while drinking with me while I was in high school. I’m happy to speak about that more but it made drinking less taboo and I was prepared going into those experiences when I was on my own, and this helped my parents fears, knowing that they’d prepared me to the best of their abilities.