It was finally warm enough to play outside today, so I took Zoe to the park. As she was climbing around the playground, a boy about 5 or 6 called out to his dad, “hey dad, want to hear something silly? There’s a baby wearing glasses!” My heart sank. His dad asked him why that was silly, and I told him she needed the glasses to see, and he seemed to think that made sense. He later noticed that I wore glasses and asked if Zoe’s dad wore glasses, too.
I don’t remember being made fun of for wearing glasses, or getting any comments about them much at all, but I didn’t get them until I was 8 or 10 (I can’t quite remember exactly). Before today, Zoe had generally just gotten curious or nice comments about her glasses, this is the first time I’d heard a less kind comment. I know that the kid was just surprised and curious, not trying to be mean at all, but I’m a bit worried about Zoe hearing that her glasses are silly, especially from other kids. Anyone else dealt with other kids making comments about your child’s glasses? How do you respond? Or how have you taught your kid to respond?