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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Scott on Disney's Spoonful

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I hear from mothers a lot about a perceived lack of engagement with diabetes from their husbands...


so when Disney asked me to write about being the father of a child with type I diabetes... I used the opportunity to explore that issue in a way that I thought you guys would appreciate and benefit from - sorry you have to click to another site for this article, but unlike the deals I've been able to make with my other freelance work, I can't repost this one on Arden's Day. 


I do think that you'll find it a worthwhile read and the site doesn't have ads or try to sell you anything (though your brain will read the post in Donald Duck's voice). Spoonful is a Disney/Lilly Diabetes initiative and they do a great job of offering content that I think you may enjoy and find useful - I tried to add to that tradition with 'Dads and Diabetes'. I sincerely hope that you like the piece and that it sheds some light on why your spouse may not be as involved with your child's type I caregiving in the way that you want.

For transparency: I was compensated, with a standard fee, for the article. 

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Holiday Shutdown

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Today as Cole and Arden prepared to leave for school, it appeared as though they had completely forgotten even that smallest aspect of their morning routine - and that's a good thing!

Cole overslept by at least twenty minutes and then proceeded to take a leisurely shower that did not reflect the urgency of his lateness. After fifteen minutes of coaxing, Arden was able to get out of bed, but when she appeared in the kitchen as I was packing lunches some time later - she stood before me without her socks. Arden went on to forget her CGM, supplies that she needed to take into school and the sweatshirt that she wanted, more than anything, to wear today.

This morning in our home must have closely resembled the scene that transpired just before the phrase, "You'd forget your head if it wasn't attached", was first uttered.

At first I was a little annoyed as I pressed the kids to hurry multiple times, but later as I surveyed the post-holiday clutter and formed a plan to get the house back into order, I realized that their confusion was a great thing. My wife and I had successfully created a holiday break that included a real break from reality. Children are so much more scheduled in today's world. Sports, school, friends and now social media - they hardly have a chance to stop. Well, apparently our kids stopped this Christmas season and I'm grateful that we were able to provide such a mind-numbing vacation. I don't think that I'll soon forget the sight of Arden standing, fully dressed, sans socks and saying, "Huh... I forgot my socks". Hopefully they are feeling recharged and ready to tackle the winter months in school.

I hope that your holiday was everything that you wanted and much more! May you have some difficulty remembering to put on your socks as 2014 gets underway...

Live TuDiabetes Interview with Scott

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Join Scott this Thursday, July 18 for a live video chat with Emily Coles from Scott will get chatty about blogging, type I diabetes advocacy, being a caregiver to Arden, his time as a stay-at-home dad and much more. It's going to be fun, hope to see you there!

Chat begins at 1 pm PDT, 4pm EST.

Please rsvp to the event on the TuDiabetes website so Emily knows how many scones to make - such a wonderful host!

Video from my Katie appearance

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Since we were away on a family vacation when my 'Katie' appearance aired, its possible that I was the last of us to watch it. I want to thank you all for the FaceBook messages and tweets that you sent during the show, they really helped me to feel like I wasn't missing it - you guys are the best!

Okay, well... my hair was a bit fluffier than I would have hoped and my (IMO) best and funniest answers were edited out (Likely because I strayed off topic) but here is my first appearance on nationwide television. I had the audience laughing a number of times with my pithy and sarcastic antidotes about married sex but since they didn't make the cut, I'm assuming that they weren't in line with the tone of the piece. I mean, I don't think that I was too dirty... I'll have to find another way to share them with you someday.

Pictures from my Katie Couric Interview

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Hey guys!

I'm back from New York City with some pictures from the day to share. Miss Katie Couric was absolutely delightful and I think I gave her a fun and interesting look into my life as a stay-at-home dad. Her producer tells me that the interview will run the week of June 10th on Katie's Yahoo show, 'Katie Takes'. I'll be sure to share video and links as soon as they are available.

Get this... Katie told me after the interview ended that she thought I would be great for her television show! Fingers crossed that something comes of it. What an amazing and exciting day, I can't imagine that I'll ever forget it.

These pictures and more can also be found in my Visual Record. I'm expecting a few more shots to arrive by email, I'll add them as soon as they arrive.