Nerd Strap

Nerd Strap

Originally uploaded by Ann Felicia

In response to Ann Z’s question about keeping a kid’s glasses on, I’d like to share this picture of Franklin’s Nerd Strap. I’m not sure how it would work on Zoe, but for a (now) 4 year old, it really helps keep the glasses up on his nose as well as on his head when his little sister grabs them. He can still get the glasses on and off by himself, but we were really having a hard time keeping them on his face when he plays with other kids.

But does it look nerdy? There’s a huge part of me that doesn’t want him to wear it because deep down, I think it looks dorky. ACK! He’s slowly moving down the road to complete Nerd-dom! (I’m kidding, but still…) It is a daring fashion statement, but if it’s this or constantly breaking them, I’ll go nerdy any day.

4 responses to “Nerd Strap

  1. I’ll confess to not wanting to use a strap with Sam’s glasses for that very reason. I’m afraid he’ll look like a nerd.

    But, his glasses tend to slide down his nose, too, so we may go that route eventually, as well.

    Honestly, though, Franklin’s hair hides most of his strap, at least in that picture. So it really isn’t overtly dorky.


  2. I know we thought about a strap, but for some reason that I cannot for the life of me remember, we decided not to try one. Given that we nearly lost Zoe’s glasses today on a walk (an upcoming post), I have to admit to being interested in how well they work. Though like you, I don’t really want to see her wearing one.

    As for Franklin, I don’t think it looks nerdy, especially since the strap lies below his hairline and doesn’t just go straight across the back of his head.


  3. Please consider the InconSPECuous retainer if you’re worried about the nerdy look of glasses retainers. As the name suggests it is this strap is inconspicuous. Plus, it is so easy to put glasses on and off – magnets click on and off.
    The website now features and set-up demonstration too.
    Megan Inge (Mum of 3 year old in glasses)


  4. I thought I invented “nerd-strap” back in the late ’70’s when I was in high school. I was definitely a nerd, and my thick heavy coke-bottle astigmatism+nearsighted prescription glasses, back when the styles favored really big bus-window glasses, meant the moment things got a little steamy, my glasses were flying off my face if I turned my head too fast. So I wore my “nerd-strap” nearly all the time, and that’s what I called it. I even had a “dress” nerd-strap for special occasions. It went well with the circular slide-rule I kept in my shirt pocket.

    Being a “nerd” does not make one unpopular. In high school, I always got invited to all the “cool” parties, and my social life was always full. It might have had something to do with my willingness to help others with homework. Some of the top students at my school were so focused on class rank, that they refused to help others, and criticised me for helping other students. A number of the kids on the football team regularly sought me out to help with science and math homework, and in our school those kids were extremely popular. (Our football team went undefeated three of the four years I was in high school. Our small town team actually “faced the Giants (East St. Louis) two years in a row, and our tiny school beat them my senior year.)

    I wouldn’t have called myself one the “popular” kids, but a number of others said it about me. I even had other nerds corner me, and ask what me “secret” was. I had no secret except that I choose to like people, even when they don’t always meet my expectations. People tend to like the people who like them, and apparently that’s the real “key” to popularity. My advice is, don’t worry about labels. Just make sure your son’s self image isn’t based on what others think. If he likes himself, he will like others, and they will like him. If your son is ever embarrassed about his nerd-strap, tell him nerd straps are chick-magnets. I used that line once. I even offered to lend mine to help my socially backward critic’s love-life. He didn’t believe me, and that’s probably a good thing. I don’t think he could have pulled it off.


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