When children have to start wearing glasses it can, depending on their age, be very distressing. Not only do they have to get used to how they feel, but they may also be worried about how they look or what others may think.
As a parent, you may be worried about how they will deal with it, but there are things you can do to make it easier for them and alleviate some of your anxiety and worry.
Here are 4 ways to help your child feel good about wearing glasses.
Buy glasses for their teddy bears
If your children are young and have lots of favorite teddies and dolls, why not buy some toy glasses for them too. You should be able to pick these up online or in certain toy stores in a range of different colors. If they see their furry friends wearing glasses just like them, it could make it seem way more normal and might even make them look forward to getting them.
Let them choose the frames
If your child is going to feel good about wearing glasses, they need to like them. You might have your thoughts on what would be best but, assuming they are a good fit, it is probably wise to let them make the final decision. There are many styles and colors to choose from, so whether they want red glasses, rainbow-striped frames, or glasses with pictures of their favorite characters on them, let them decide. It could go a long way to making the process enjoyable rather than upsetting or daunting.
Ask family and friends to comment
Although you don’t want to make it into a bigger deal than it already is for them or attract too much attention, it’s worth asking close friends or family to comment on them. If their favorite auntie or a family friend says how lovely they look or how much they suit them, it could boost their confidence. If any of their loved ones wear glasses themselves, let your child know that they can ask questions about it if they want to. Knowing someone they love is a fellow glasses wearer will help them feel more comfortable.
Make a day of it
The day your child is due to collect their glasses may be filled with apprehension and nerves, so instead, turn it into a fun day out. You could go somewhere nice for lunch followed by some time at the shops. Let them choose a new toy for being so brave and go shopping for a cute or funky case for their new glasses. When you get home, why not dress up together and take lots of fun photos of them in their new frames? The more fun they have, the less of an issue it will be. Make it exciting, let them know how good they look, and before you know it, they will be desperate to show their friends their fabulous new glasses.
This post has been sponsored by Roundshark Ltd
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