Make Your Child Feel More Comfortable Wearing Their New Glasses
If your child is apprehensive about wearing the glasses their doctor will be prescribing to them, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to make the process less stressful and more comfortable for them overall. Luckily, there is! Consider implementing one or more of the following tips and tricks:
Do Some Practicing
An excellent way to get your child used to wearing glasses on a daily basis is to encourage them to practice with toy glasses before they are prescribed their real pair. You can even buy a pair and wear them at the same time so they don’t feel alone. Consider buying the entire family a pair to wear during dinner time and at other times when everyone is at home together. This will get them used to psychological aspects of wearing glasses so they are more comfortable when they have to start wearing the real ones all day, every day. When choosing faux glasses for your child, pick a pair that has a similar structure and weight to real glasses so they can get used to the feel of them on their heads while practicing.
Embellish the Frames
Once your little one gets their prescribed glasses, give them an opportunity to customize the frames to fit their unique personality and interests. Turn the process into an art project by covering your dining table with newspaper and pulling out some glue, glitter, stickers, and other art supplies, so your child can create the exact look that suits them.
It’s a good idea to order two pairs of prescription glasses if you plan to let your little one decorate a pair. This will ensure that there is a basic pair available to wear to special school functions, trips to church, and other special events where decorated glasses may not be appropriate.
Host Weekly Play Dates
If your child shows some resistance when it comes to wearing their glasses in public due to a fear of being teased, consider hosting weekly play dates with other kids who also wear glasses in your community. The kids don’t have to go to the same school or even know each other personally in order to gain benefits from these play groups. The kids will have an opportunity to gain some extra support and feel accepted as part of a group, which should make them feel a little better about going to school and other public places with glasses on. Advertise your play dates at the local YMCA, Boy’s and Girl’s club, and community center.
These tips and tricks should be easy to implement and are sure to help make your little one feel more comfortable and confident whether wearing their glasses at home or in public.