After a small hiatus, we've started patching again. It's been a battle for sure! However, yesterday I realized that I don't think anybody has ever fully explained to Brychan why he has to wear his patch. I always tell him it's just to make his eye stronger, but realized that it may be time for a more in-depth reason as to why he has to go through such torture everyday.
Question is, how do you explain the reasoning for patching to a four year old?
Here's how it went:
Basically, I told him that he has one pretty strong eye and one that needs some extra help. The one that needs a little bit of help? When it gets too tired, it starts turning in and bumping into his nose. We obviously don't want it to bump his nose; we want it to look straight ahead like the strong eye. So...we cover up the strong eye with a patch, which makes the other eye stronger, and makes it stay straight. We have to do it every single day so his eye remembers not to bump into his nose. And eventually, his eye will be strong enough to look straight ahead and we won't have to do anymore patching.
He had lots of questions and seemed to really soak up what I was telling him, which made me feel bad for not explaining it to him earlier. Don't get me wrong; it still took some bribery to get the patching done, but we did get it done. And at least now he knows why he has to wear his patch.
How did you explain patching to your little one?