Going to get glasses for the first time can be a bit nerve-wracking for anybody, but children may get especially anxious about this milestone. Take action early on to help alleviate your child's fears and concerns about getting glasses. By showing respect for their feelings in this way, you can ensure that they have a positive view of themselves and a good perception of their need to wear glasses.
Give Your Child a Sense of Control
Sometimes kids get anxious because there is a limited amount of things that are truly within their control. By giving them control of certain aspects of getting glasses, you are empowering them to feel good about this change. Allow them to have control in the following ways:
Talk about Fiction with Protagonists who Sport Glasses
People have been wearing glasses in fiction for a very long time. If your child is nervous about wearing glasses, you may watch a movie or television show where the lead character has to get glasses. Alternately, you may also choose to read a book with a glasses-wearing protagonist. Here are some of the famous fictional kids who sported glasses:
Play out the Worst Case Scenarios and Think of Solutions
If your child remains anxious about getting glasses after you have tried other methods to reassure them, be sure to address their specific fears. If their mind keeps going to extremely dire what-if scenarios, talk them out to their conclusion. Here are some examples:
Finally, keep in mind that you are going to set the tone for how your child deals with the situation. As long as you treat it as a positive opportunity to solve a problem, your child is likely to approach it with a more positive attitude as well. Talk it out, and your child can soon be wearing their new glasses with pride.Share
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