I’m wondering if any of you worked specifically on teaching your children how to put their glasses on. At what age did you let them start putting them on themselves?
When we first got Zoe her glasses, one of my concerns was how to help a 14 month old learn to put glasses on without either breaking the frames, or poking herself in the eye. So for that first year, we always insisted on putting the glasses on her face ourselves. She got her current pairs of glasses at age 2, and these have the flex hinges. I started noticing that if I got her glasses on wrong, she’d fix them herself (I’m constantly getting the temples caught in her hair, or missing her ears altogether). So we’ve let her put them on herself for the past six months of so, without really teaching her anything. For the most part, she does great, though every once in while, she’ll twist the frames in ways that have clearly contributed to the grey hairs on my head. And about half the time she tries to first put them on upside down.
Oh, and how about cleaning glasses? Zoe now insists on “cleaning” her glasses – usually right after one of us has cleaned them. Her cleanings are about as effective as brushing your teeth with a chocolate bar.