Nothing wrong to be leftie

Nothing wrong to be leftie

Most parents will be quite surprised when they discover that their children like to use their left hand better than the right one. The common action toward this is directly guiding the children to keep using the right hand. When they want to eat, they hold the spoon on the left hand. Automatically parents will think that is not true. They will take the spoon and give it their right hand. In addition, in certain cultures in the world, using left hand to do daily activities is considered as impolite. However, there are many things that you as parent have to know related to this matter. Being leftie is not a mistake and it is not something against the nature. Both right and left hand are functional and it is not a big problem when the left is more dominant.

Common opinion about this is that children become leftie because their parents do not guide them maximally in activating the right hand. Forget about this because you can do nothing when your child right brain is more active than the left one. Give her a toy and see her reaction in holding the toy. If she keeps using her left hand to hold the toy, you may think that she is the leftie. What about when she writes or use crayon? Left or right hand that is more dominant? What make people worry about being leftie is the people’s acceptance and the public facilities sometimes are not design for the lefties. So, parents keep forcing their children against the nature by training them to use the right hand.

Accordingly, you have no other choice except keep guiding your leftie child and act normally. Since, there is nothing wrong to be leftie.

Actually, you are forbidden to force your child to keep using the right hand. The reasons are your child will start to develop problems in concentrating and there will be negative psychological effects later on in life. What you should do is helping your child to maximize using the left hand. If she wants to write with her left hand, guide her to use the right hand to hold the paper properly. Think positively so that you can support your child to be positive with her condition. She can be more creative in writing and coloring with your guide. If you keep complaining about her leftie, it is totally useless. Your child will be more confuse and stressful because you ask her to do something she cannot do at all. Accordingly, you have no other choice except keep guiding your leftie child and act normally. Since, there is nothing wrong to be leftie.

Helping the leftie to write

Helping the leftie to writeDiscovering that your child likes to use her left hand better than right hand can be surprising. It is because commonly people use their right hand more dominantly to write, draw, cook, and other activities. Lots of signs you should notice. For example, when your child wants to eat the biscuit you offer, she is going to use her left hand to grab it. Or, she automatically uses the left hand to apply the crayon on the coloring sheet. You may meet and discuss with the experts before judging that you are raising the leftie little princess. But, noticing the daily activities seems to be enough to get the conclusion.

Then, what should you do after that? Go online to read more sources about treating the left handed. You may also join community or supporting group to gather more information. The point is that having leftie child is not a disaster. You have to be positive because she is the same smart and active child as the other right handed children. Your child only has slight difference from others. You are not allowed to train her to against her natural desires. It will be ambivalent to use both hands for writing, right? At the first steps, she will find some difficulties in understanding your guidance, especially when you are not left handed. You cannot feel how to be leftie, so that you do not find the right guidance.

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The most important starting point is you need to make sure your child is interested in writing. It is very difficult to guide your child to write when she is not interested at all. More than three years old child usually is interested to write. Next, make sure she can hold the pencil well. Tell her that her right hand can be used to hold the paper. Since she is leftie, the paper position should be rotated about forty five degrees clockwise. This way, she will be easier in looking at their writing, whether she makes proper “A” or not. Watch the pencil and wrist position, so that it will ease her in moving it. Do not forget to motivate her regularly to increase her self confidence. Leftie child needs to feel the same as her friends who write with their right hand.

By Joanne