This guest post is by Sara Roberts of Just Eyewear.
If your child has recently had to start wearing glasses, they may be at risk of feeling different or alienated from their peers. As a parent, you can provide your child with positive encouragement and reminders that they are neither different nor being alienated from their friends. The following tips will help you boost your child’s self-esteem about his or her new glasses, leaving a smile on both you and your child’s faces!
Fun & Stylish
You can help your child pick the glasses that they feel the most comfortable in. No matter what their age, your child will feel most confident about wearing his or her new glasses if they comply with recent style trends, or simply the style that your child likes best. No matter what the style, fun, serious, or in between, don’t hesitate to let your child pick the style they like best. If your child feels confident and comfortable with his or her glasses, self-esteem levels will increase.
Sometimes the best way to make your child feel more confident about their glasses is to point out that a lot of people wear glasses too, even famous actors, cartoon characters, family members your child looks up to, and numerous other people who are famous. Remind your child that there are hundreds of different sorts of people with different achievements, personalities, and ways of life that wear glasses. Make sure that your child understands that the glasses don’t define them, but that they define the glasses!
Sense of Responsibility
By giving your child the responsibility of caring for his or her glasses, and praising them when they do a good job of doing so, you give your child a positive association with their glasses. Additionally, they have a job that they can take pride in.
Make your Child Aware
It may be a good idea to make your child aware of the potential names that their peers may call them when they first start wearing glasses. Make sure you let your child know that the stereotypical names don’t mean a thing. By being prepared for them, your child will be less likely to associate the names with themselves, but will understand that the names are only due to a stereotype.
Consider Contact Lenses
If your child is having ongoing self-esteem problems caused by their glasses, you may want to consider allowing your child to wear contact lenses. Recent studies have shown that children will feel less insecure and more widely accepted with contact lenses instead of glasses.