Change is hard, even for kids. Introducing a new habit or routine, like wearing glasses, can be overwhelming and some children will adjust better than others. That said, if you’re planning to help them make the transition soon, there’s no need to overcomplicate it. We’ve outlined 5 tested strategies to get them on board.
- Engage them.
Ask them if they have questions or concerns about wearing glasses. Be mindful of not only addressing the cons of wearing glasses, but the positives too. Movies will be clearer, books easier to read and their new glasses can be a great fashion accessory. Books, too, can be a great way to help make the connection that glasses aren’t scary or nerdy. There are a host of books that address the topic in a fun and accessible way.
- Allow them to make decisions.
Let your kids pick out their new frames! There are so many kid-friendly options on the market. Allow them to have some agency and your kids may get excited about their new eyewear.
- Lean on the pros.
Don’t be afraid to lean on your Midwest Eye Consultants eye doctor for tips on how to make your kids comfortable with their exams and frame fittings. Remember, this is their specialty. They will have some tricks up their sleeve to make the process fun and painless.
- Have a plan.
What happens when your child goes to school or a friend’s house? Check in with their teachers to make sure they’re wearing glasses when they need to be. A good idea is to have an alternate pair in case your child forgets them somewhere or accidentality breaks them. (Oops!)
- Check in periodically.
Once wearing glasses becomes second nature, you should check in to make sure the fit and condition is still optimal.
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