Kids who need glasses still face some challenges, although the taunts of "four eyes" do not seem to be as prevalent as they might have been in years past. Much of the stigma about wearing glasses is gone, but no child likes to feel different. They also are not the best at conscientiously wearing their new glasses. As a parent, you can do much toward helping your child transition into wearing their new spectacles. 


Your child will be more open to wearing their glasses if they have ownership of the process. They need the power to pick out their own frames. Of course, you can set limits on the price and materials. Very small children should have plastic frames, but older children have a wider variety of practical choices. Set some boundaries and then let your child choose the pink or zebra striped frames if they want. They may not be your choice, but if your child likes them, that's half the battle. 


Children may initially fail to consistently wear their glasses, particularly if they are only supposed to wear them for reading and schoolwork. You can explain to them the necessity of wearing glasses and help them get into the habit of putting them on first thing in the morning as they get ready for school. Many children do not mind wearing their glasses because they enjoy being able to see clearly after a period of impaired vision. If your child fights wearing their glasses, you cannot compromise. Remember, you would not allow them to skip sitting in a car seat. Glasses are for their well-being also. Be gentle but firm about your child consistently wearing their glasses. 


If your child does not immediately adjust to wearing glasses because they think they look "funny," point out celebrities or even book characters who wear them. Some sports figures wear glasses, and many actors and actresses do as well. Some people wear non-prescription glasses simply to look fashionable. You can find many examples of attractive successful people who wear glasses, and often, these role models can help change your child's attitude toward their own frames. 

If you disliked wearing glasses yourself, you may be especially concerned about your child's experience. Today, there seems to be less stigma about wearing glasses and many fun and attractive frames from which to choose. Let your child take control of as much of the process as possible and then require them to wear their glasses. In a short time, you and your child should adjust to the new routine. Click here for more info about wearing glasses.