Help! My grandson can't decide which hand to write!

Susan - posted on 05/18/2017 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Today my daughter told me that my grandson, age 6, who still writes with both hands, is being pressured by his teacher to make a decision to be right handed or left handed and she insisted that he do it immediately. As a former teacher myself, I am astonished. I don't know how to advise her and worry about pushing a child into making a decision like that instead of letting his preference occur naturally. Please advise. Thank you!

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Susan - posted on 05/21/2017

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All good advice ladies! I totally agree that there are so many advantages writing with both hands. My brother was forced to switch from left to right, but by the time I was in school, I was writing left and there was no pressure on me to change.
I see no harm in letting him continue to write with both hands and maybe at some point and time, he will have a preference. Until then, I think the teacher needs to chill.
Oh and yes, his writing is legible :-).

Michelle - posted on 05/19/2017

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I think it would be great when you are having to handwrite a long essay. I remember my hand getting soo sore I would have to stop. It would have been so much better if I could just use the other hand to keep writing.

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2017

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I agree, tell teacher to back off or go to the principal. He will work it out on his own. I write righty, but I do other things lefty (like swing a bat, kick a ball etc) Teacher needs to get with the times and chill out

Ev - posted on 05/19/2017

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I agree with Michelle. I remember my mother's mom telling me that when she was a kid if any child was a left handed writer, the teachers would crack their knuckles with a ruler until they used only their right hands to write....she was originally left handed. It does not matter he can use both hands to write. It is actually good he does. What happens if he had issues with one hand like broken fingers or hand or even sprained wrist? My son is left handed and he broke his left thumb and had to use his right hand to do his work at school with. He learned fast to write right handed.

Michelle - posted on 05/19/2017

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If I was your daughter I would tell the teacher that he doesn't have to make a choice and he will eventually chose for himself in his own time.
The teacher needs to back off about that as it's not a big deal. We aren't still stuck in the 50's where people that wrote with their left hand were forced to change.

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