I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 6 years old. For the first 15 years that I wore them, I don’t think I liked it. In my mid and late teens, I actually took steps to ween myself from glasses so I wouldn’t have to wear them. Eventually, as time wore on, I was attracted to the fashion side of spectacles and I embraced my amblyopia.

My sons, on the other hand, wants them for the pure vanity of it all.

Guess who is going as “daddy” for Halloween? #zacharie

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Each year when we get the boys’ eyes checked for back-to-school, Charlie enjoys running around the store and playing dressup with the variety of frames.

When the doctor cheerily announces his eyes are “just fine” at the end of his exam, his demeanour sours, his shoulders slump, and he mopes. “I want to wear glasses, daddy.”

“Why?,” I asked him. “People just think you’re more smart when you wear glasses,” he shrugged.

And here I was thinking he just wanted to look cool like his dad. lol. Congratulations, Hollywood, you’ve managed to cement a bookish stereotype into the mind of a 7 yr old.

Truth be told, if we wanted to get him glasses to “look more smart” we could pick up any of the cool frames from Real Canadian Superstore and just get a clear glass in them (Charlie likes funky ones).

Charlie wants glasses

The glasses wouldn’t be free, but if you have a kid who needs a prescription, check out the Kids See Free program to get any frame valued up to $49 and single vision, polycarbonate ‘kids safe’ lenses for
free once per year with a prescription.

Now maybe you’re not as lucky as I would be if Charlie needed a prescription. Maybe your kid doesn’t want to wear glasses? There are a lot of things you can do to encourage them to keep their glasses on:

Let them help choose their glasses
It’s not a tattoo. Glasses aren’t permanent. If they have something crazy they want to wear to express their personal style, give them the confidence to go for it.

Harry Potter Costume

Make sure the glasses fit properly so they are comfortable for your child to wear
Having optical departments at Real Canadian Superstore makes it easy and convenient to bring your kids along for sizing and any adjustments you might need along the way.

Make it part of the morning routine to help form the habit
If you’ve got a kid with a retainer, you know how routine and habit makes everything easier.

Show them favourite and famous characters, like Harry Potter, who also wears glasses
Zacharie dressed as Harry for Halloween and loves wearing the costume glasses that came with his outfit.

Instill ownership and responsibility in them for keeping their glasses clean and safe
Make a point of praising them when they wear their glasses on their own, without being
reminded or told to do so

If you have active kids, make sure you get straps to attach their glasses while they’re on the ice or on the pitch.  Eye protection is really important, so it’s important to ensure your child has well-fitted protective eyewear. Regular prescription eye glasses aren’t enough. Speak to an optician about protective eyewear options to wear when playing sports.

Getting glasses isn’t a bad thing. With so many modern styles and choices, and so many people choosing them for fashionable reasons, involving your kids in the process should make things easier.

Just remember to get their eyes checked regularly and take advantage of Real Canadian Superstore‘s Kids See Free program which could see them getting a free new pair once each year!

This post is sponsored by Real Canadian Superstore

Our Kids See Free program is available for children aged 4-10. Bring in a prescription dated within the last 3 months and have not had a free pair in the last 365 days.

The sooner a vision problem is detected, the more likely it can be treated and even reversed. Optometrists recommend children have their first comprehensive eye exam between the ages of six and nine months, their second between the ages of two and five and then one every year after that.

Alberta Health Care covers the cost of annual eye exams for children until they turn 19, check with your province’s health ministry for local details.

The Kids See Free program is available at optical departments at Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaws, Zehrs, Fortinos, Your Independent Grocer, Atlantic Superstore, and Dominion stores in Newfoundland.

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