Recently we found out that #1 needed glasses. We had no idea! It took three years for us to figure out.
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The day his glasses came in and were fitted to him, he was silent.
He couldn’t quit smiling.
“Mommy, I’m so happy!” he said.
Naturally, Mommy was near tears. My poor baby had been relying on one eye for three years and we had no clue. Now, he could finally “see the world,” as he said.
It Doesn’t Always Work That Way
But, let’s be real, not every child will react that same way. And, some days, he gets frustrated with them slipping or getting smudged or frankly being strapped to his face that he takes them off and throws them in a fit.
Who can blame him? He’s three and having glasses is like taking on a very grown up challenge at his age.
When times get tough and he’s refusing to wear his glasses, we implement a few tactics. And, if your child refuses to wear their glasses, perhaps these tactics will work for you.
8 Ways to Get Your Child to Wear Their Glasses
We make it a point to tell #1 how handsome he is in his glasses. I mean, he is! He has a sense of pride when he receives compliments and he’s happy to stay spectacled.
It helps to prop him in front of a mirror, too, so he can see just how handsome we know he is.
This may be causing our child to become vain, but let’s be real, it’s really about making funny faces in the mirror until he’s smiling again.
Sometimes giving your child a task can make them feel like a grown up, and many, many children want to have that grown up sensibility.
To make #1 have responsibility toward his glasses we purchased him a small box and cleaning cloth.
While he’s still working to master the cleaning aspect, he proudly places his glasses in his box each time he naps or sleeps. And, when he wakes up, the first thing he does is go to his box and get his glasses.
Put your glasses on, too!
Hubs has glasses for when he’s on the computer and I wear contacts 24/7, but I do have glasses for bedtime. Sometimes, though, it’s a matter of just taking my contacts out early or simply wearing my glasses all day.
Randomly, #1 will also call out for a “Glasses Party!’’ This means we all have to put on our glasses, spin around in circles until we get dizzy, and fall over with laughter. Hey, whatever works!
At this age, #1 is all about characters, and since most cartoon characters don’t wear glasses, this can get tricky.
So far, we’ve found solidarity with Mr. Potato Head. As a matter of fact, his glasses get placed in that same special box with #1’s glasses at bedtime each night.
Now, since most of #1’s favorite characters don’t wear glasses, you can always give them some instead.
A quick trip to a craft store and a bag of pipe cleaners later and you’ll be like Oprah handing out pretend glasses to your child’s toys: “You get a pair of pipe cleaner glasses and you get a pair of pipe cleaner glasses!”
If your suggestions just aren’t working, try to find another kid in the area, playgroup, preschool, or church that wears glasses. Sometimes all you need is another child modeling their glasses for your child to wear his.
When a child gets frustrated with their glasses it can be easy for them to forget why they wear them in the first place. Give them a reminder.
Take your child for a walk at a nearby park. Seeing the trees without and with their glasses is usually enough of a reminder of why they need their glasses.
Give and Take
Maybe they just need a break.
In our house, #1 doesn’t have to wear his glasses at bedtime, nap time, bath time, or swimming. Let your child opt for one of those activities for a short while to give them a break from their glasses.
Let’s be honest, bribery is the best medicine for such a young child.
An extra piece of candy here, a glass of chocolate milk there, maybe even a small toy can usually work in a pinch. Keep a secret stash of ‘treasure’ somewhere that you can rely on when the going gets tough.
You could even offer up dinner out. Use my post on 5 Great, Kid-Friendly Restaurants to help make your pick.
Get Your Child to Wear Glasses – Bonus Tip!
Thanks to a fellow Mom of the Moment (stranded in the toy aisle at Target with me), I found out about these ear pieces that are an alternative to the glasses strap most child glasses come with.
There’s a shop on Etsy that sells them and ships quickly! Find them here.
You Tell Me!
Do you have any other suggestions for getting your child to wear their glasses? If so, tell me in the comments.
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