“Mommy, I don’t like my glasses.”
Those are the words my six year old son said to me while in tears the first day he got his glasses. He had been less then happy to find out at his eye exam that he needed glasses. I was not surprised when the eye doctor told me that Alex needed glasses. Every person on my husband’s side of the family wears them and a few people on my side wear them. Even before his appointment I had told my husband that if any of the kids needed glasses, I was betting it was going to be Alex. Something in me just said he was going to need them.
Alex is far sighted, his vision is not that bad right now but he does need glasses. My husband and I sat down and had a long talk with Alex about his glasses We were trying to get down the the real reason for him not liking his glasses. We talked about all the people he knew that wore glasses, told him he looked cool in them, that there was nothing wrong with wearing them and that he would eventually learn to like them. He just kept saying over and over again that he did not like them and did not want to wear them. He just wanted his eyes to work without them. It broke my heart to hear him cry about it.
It has been a few weeks since he got them, he still does not like them but he is tolerating them a lot better. He has not cried about it for a long time. The biggest issue we are having now is getting him to put them in a safe place and remember where they are. The day he got them we set a place for them. He was suppose to take them off, put them on his dresser in the case each night at bed time. He did really well for the first few days but know he is leaving them in random places, forgetting where they are and not keeping them safe from his little sisters.
Since he is only six, we are not being to hard on him. Instead we have told him that if will take care of his glasses, wear them without being upset and always remember where he is suppose to keep them, we will buy him a blue pair like he really wants. He seems pretty willing to work towards this goal and I am hoping he will like his blue glasses more and he happier wearing them.