I’ve been a “four eyes” pretty much my whole life.
“Mum,” I asked, age 10, “is it normal to see everything kinda… blurry sometimes?”
Stirring a pot on the stove, she sighed as she wiped her hands a tea towel.
“Off to the optometrist with you then…”
Over the years, those little wire-framed specs I had became the first of a collection that encompassed wacky shapes and bright colours, designer brands and trendy styles. These days, I have just three pairs on rotation, and I love them. Glasses are part of who I am.
But it wasn’t always that way, of course.
Growing up on the sunburnt bitumen of Queensland meant tall poppy syndrome was rife, especially as a kid. Particularly as a nerdy kid. And very much so as a nerdy kid with glasses!
Parents are often at a loss of what to do when they sense their child is being bullied, and the sad truth is often the answer is often – not a lot. Equipping your child with strong self-confidence and the tools to handle bullies is the first step.
So, it’s time to take back the term “four eyes”, and work as a parent to make your child feel happy and confident.
"Parents are often at a loss of what to do when they sense their child is being bullied." Image: iStock.