Know Any Kids Who Wear Glasses?

Or a patch? Or even contacts? Keep reading!

When I shared on this blog that my then-2 1/2 year old daughter needed glasses, one of the first people to reach out to me was Ann Zawistoski, who started the blog Little Four Eyes as a way to connect with other parents of young children who wear glasses. Her site is a fantastic resource for anyone who finds themselves trying to quickly get up to speed on all things eyewear, as I was.

Ann and Kristin Ellsworth, another mom of a little girl who wears glasses and founder of Peeps Eyewear, have joined forces to create a fun event: The Great Glasses Play Day, coming up on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Think of it as a playdate for kids and a meetup for parents, all in the name of helping children with vision problems foster a sense of community. The main event will be held in Minneapolis and includes crafts, readings, free eyewear adjustments, and a parade. Other events will take place in Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, McLean, Virginia; Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (on Saturday, August 11), and even China and Australia. If you can’t make it to an in-person event, you can join in online. You can blog about the event, you can change your Facebook profile picture to a shot of your child in glasses, Tweet about it, or even interview your child about what it’s like to wear glasses and then post it on YouTube.

I think The Great Glasses Play Day is a really great idea. My daughter feels such a sense of camaraderie whenever she spots another person–any age, any gender–with glasses; I know she would be thrilled to surround herself with children who wear them just as she does. And speaking of, here she is, with more than a year of specs under her belt:



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