Wednesday, October 12, 2011
31 for 21 - Glasses
If your child is old enough to put their own glasses on, let them. Sometimes giving them ownership over putting them on can help.
I'm going to add my friend Laura's suggestion her too: Her gorgeous little girl got glasses recently & she mentioned that she was going to get a cheap pair of glasses for her husband & herself to wear too. It would also work great to do this with sibling too. You could just get a dollar store pair of sunglasses & pop the lenses out. Most of our family wears glasses anyways, but if yours doesn't, I think this is a great idea.
In hindsight, I also should have been more insistent with K on what she must do with her glasses if she takes them off. I was so focused on "You need to wear your glasses". Now that she wears them so well, if she does take them off, I am not expecting it & may not notice right away. We have lost her glasses for a few days sometimes lately because we don't know where to look, & she can't always remember where they are. One time, she put them in a little compartment on a toy dog kennel! Luckily, our 8 year old found them because I would never have looked there! We have been working on having her put them on the table or a counter & are getting quite successful now.
Make sure you have your child's glasses adjusted as often as necessary. The better they fit, the more comfortable they will be (& even less painful) & the more likely it is that they will be worn. When she was little, if K's glasses did not fit well, she would rip them off & throw them. And those little straps that are supposed to keep them on? They helped her glasses stay on about .02 seconds longer than without a strap. Not only were they not effective, but they irritated her more so she tried to pull them off more often.