Convincing your child to do anything, especially something that they’re not quite fond of can be a chore. This is because kids lack the maturity to understand the reason behind doing certain things or it could just be their personality. You may often give in to those cute little faces and big sad eyes but helping children understand your point of view will go a long way. One of the most common concerns among parents is that their child refuses to wear spectacles. With online classes being the new normal, kids spend most of their time staring at a screen, attending classes, which has had a major impact on their vision. The smart choice is to protect your kids with zero power blue-blocking computer glasses. However, if your child’s vision has already been compromised, they’re going to need prescription glasses. This is where heads butt and parents feel helpless. So, what do you do if your child refuses to wear eyeglasses? How do you explain the importance of it? How do you make them feel confident wearing it?
Relax, take a deep breath. Inhale positivity, exhale negativity.
The answers to all these questions are pretty simple – all you need is a little patience. Our eyewear expert and all-around cool guy Sajeel Parekh recently interviewed four kids to try to understand their side of the story. Throughout this fun interview, he got to know what children actually think about eyeglasses, why people need to wear them, and what would make eyeglasses cool (predictably, superpowers would make glasses awesome). In this article, we take a deep dive into a child’s view of wearing eyeglasses.
Here is a sneak peek of his interview
Why Do People Wear Glasses? Kids Know It Better
The first question that he asked them was “Why do you think people wear glasses?” It was remarkable to learn that kids are pretty much aware of the answer. In response to this question, one of the kids answered, “If we watch a lot of TV and (are on our) smartphone then we get glasses.” Another child gave a very interesting answer that we don’t really expect from children, he said, “If we don’t eat vegetables and fruits our eyesight becomes poor so that’s why we get glasses.” This proves that children are aware of vision problems, what causes them, and why one requires eyeglasses.
How Do Glasses Help?
Do you think you know this answer better? Well, we think that these little angels here pretty much impressed us with their answers. According to Darshil, “If we watch TV and do not wear glasses everything appears blurry but if we do wear glasses, we can see clearly.” And when asked if glasses are meant for watching television only, she very smartly replied, “No, it can also be used for reading, watching movies, and various other purposes.” If you thought your child isn’t smart enough and is not aware of anything; dear parents, you’re wrong! Kids are smarter than we give them credit for and easily trick you into believing that they’re not. Why do they do that? The answer is simple, they don’t like wearing glasses mainly because they get teased by their peers. This brings us to the next question.
What Is That Superpower You Want From Your Glasses?
Children are extremely creative and can think of things beyond their imagination. When asked what superpower you want from your eyeglasses, their answers blew our minds. Of course, these things aren’t real and they don’t exist, it’s still fascinating to witness how kids think. Here are some of the answers;
“In my superpower, if I do this (blinks) it should have wings,” said one excited kid. All he wants is a pair of glasses with wings so that he can fly. Rishit says, “I want glasses that can help me zoom in, zoom out and teleport.” Let us explain that – it’s pretty simple, he wants his glasses to possess the superpower to zoom in and out on a place and if he likes it, all he needs to do is click his glasses and it will teleport him to that place. How creative is that!
Moving on, Sajeel asked them a very interesting question “In these imaginary glasses that you create, what color would you add to it, what would the frame be like and what style would you prefer?” So kids being kids, spoke their heart out. What we figured out from the rest of the interview was that kids love colorful and sturdy spectacle frames. Since they’re always running about and playing we are sure they don’t like dealing with glasses falling off over and over.
So, parents, you need to understand that your child isn’t against wearing glasses, they’re only against the choice that’s given to them. Maybe they do not like the color, shape or style offered. Let your child speak about his/her choices and they’ll automatically start wearing them. They will understand the true importance of wearing glasses only once they start noticing the difference such as clear vision, no more headaches, and the complements they’ll get from their friends.
Watch the entire interview along with your kids.