I got my first pair of glasses when I was 17.
I remember being all shady about it –hiding them in the case and then only sneaking them out in my chemistry class because I had to see the formula’s my teacher was constantly writing on the board to confuse me.
I was so self conscious about them.
In fact, I don’t have a single photo of myself in glasses before becoming a mom.
I hate that!
I would love to look back on me in my wire rimmed specs looking all studious and stuff.
Jeez, vanity, ruining people since basically forever.
When we found out that Dude 3 was going to need glasses, of course I had all of these worries.
I know, it was silly and simple of me, but I was afraid. Afraid he’d feel self conscious or limited by his new specs. Afraid he wouldn’t want to wear them, or that people would make fun, or that someone would hit him in the face during a game and hurt his nose and he would want to quit playing basketball forever and ever.
You know, mom worries.
Mostly a waste of time because he’s a way more confident and awesome person than I was at his age.
But, not entirely unfounded.
His first pair of glasses looked pretty much exactly like mine…
And, after they fell off while he was running the pacer at school, he refused to wear them during recess, at gym, during sports, while playing outside, at the pool, at the lake, and pretty much anywhere else he would have to move quickly or get sweaty or engage with another kid while doing anything other than sitting at a desk.
So we looked for another option and found the perfect solution…
Rec Specs glasses are the perfect choice for active kids.
While many wearers reserve their specs for when they are engaging in athletic activities, Dude 3 wears his always –because he is always engaging in athletic activities, or about to, or has the potential to.
And they work so well for him.
Rec Specs glasses are customizable so he can make them his own, and they are a protective eyewear so he (and I) can feel safe when he’s wearing them.
And they are so durable. Totally up for the kids-are-hard-on-things challenge.
If you have a new or potential young glasses wearer, Dude 3 has some words of wisdom to share.
Kid to Kid: 5 Things to Know About Your First Pair of Glasses
I interviewed Dude 3 who has been wearing glasses since his first week of kindergarten about life with glasses and how he makes them work for him. Three years in his rec specs glasses and he has never lost or broken a single pair –he’s kind of an expert!
1. Don’t be embarrassed. It’s different, and new, and it might take some time to adjust to wearing them, but remember that seeing is what’s important. And being able to see well feels good.
2. Pick what you like. I love my Rec Specs glasses because they feel good and they look cool. They have bright colors and fun designs so you can pick what you like best. I like wearing them because they fit my personality and they don’t get in the way when I am doing things I want, like playing football or basketball or soccer or whatever.
3. Never fall asleep in them. It hurts and they might get broken.
4. Don’t take them off in strange places. Like at school or a friend’s house –you might lose them or someone might step on them then.
5. Always put them in the same place at night. Like by your bed. That way you can always find them in the morning and you’re not rushing around and feeling stressed out because you can’t.
Learn more about his glasses life here:
Want to win a pair of rec specs for your child? We are giving a set of frames away!
There are multiple ways to enter, feel free to choose the one that works best for you:
- Leave a comment on this page telling us which frames your child would like. You can check them all out here: Rec Specs Frames
- You can share a photo of your glasses wearer on Instagram. Just tag me (@thedudemom) and use this hashtag: #LibertySportRecSpecs
- You can leave a comment on Dude 3’s Facebook video. You can find it here: Dude 3 on Wearing Glasses
Disclosure: Dude 3 is an ambassador for Liberty Sport, the makers of his protective eyewear. He receives his glasses free of charge.