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Fayette-Mom: Mother of the Year? Or maybe not

Posted November 8, 2010 7:55 p.m. EST

Jennifer Joyner

Ladies, if you were hoping for Mother of the Year award, you need to go ahead and lower your expectations.

So sorry to disappoint you, but I have that title all wrapped up.

You see, I’m the mother who let her child get all the way into first grade without realizing she needed glasses.

And I mean, really needed glasses.

When Emma started struggling to get through homework at the beginning of the school year, I thought she was just tired from a long day.

After volunteering in her class, I noticed she didn’t raise her hand to answer any of the teacher’s questions. When I asked her about it later, she told me she was just shy.

And even when she flat out told me her eyes were bothering her while practicing reading, I reasoned that she was probably just bored (in my defense, she always said “My eyes hurt…I need a snack!” or “This is hurting my eyes…can I go outside now?”).

I didn’t totally dismiss her complaints; I knew her school was holding eye screenings shortly, and I figured if there was a problem, I would know about it then.

Um, yeah…..we had a big problem.

The nurse conducting the screening said Emma needed to have a full eye exam…and soon.

I took her in, and she is very far-sighted.

Yep, Mother of the Year.

But her pediatrician said her vision was fine at her wellness appointment earlier this year, I protested to my mom friends.

Never go by what the pediatrician says about eyes, counseled those with more parenting experience than I.

Live and learn I guess.

So now Emma is sporting super cute pink glasses and homework is now a breeze.

And her brother will most definitely get his eyes checked before he starts kindergarten next year.

Jennifer is a mom of two and WRAL-TV assignment editor in Fayetteville. Her food obsession memoir, “Designated Fat Girl,” came out in September. Read more about Jennifer and her book on her website. Find her here on Go Ask Mom on Tuesdays.