Left Handed 3yr old...

Britni - posted on 07/19/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I have recently heard that you should try and convert your leftie b/c of the whole left brain right brain thing. Has anyone heard anything like that? Not sure what to do.

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Leeann - posted on 07/29/2009

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I was once told that left-handed people use a part of their brain that right-handed people don't use...my four year old son still uses both hands but is definately more comfortable and has better control when using his left, I have also caught myself on occasion handing him a crayon or pencil to his left hand!!! I honestly don't think that would make a difference tho cos if ur son wasn't feeling comfortable using his fork in his left hand he would just switch...

Tiffanie - posted on 07/29/2009

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My daughter is 5 years old and she has been a lefty ever since she started coloring and using her own fork and spoon. At school they just gave us a paper with proper ways to hold penecils, pens, etc and scissors. The only thing is that you may have to provide left handed scissors becuase the schools don't provide much left handed scissors.My husband is a lefty too and he had no problems in school. He is always helping my daughter.

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Lauren - posted on 07/29/2009

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I am a leftie also and i enjoy being unique! Some things were hard for me when i was younger because this is defintly a right handed world, and it was hard for my parents to teach me things because they were rightie, but im used to it. I actually use my right hand for many things too. I only use my left hand for holding a pencil or using a fork all the rest is rightie!!

Dena - posted on 07/29/2009

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I'm left handed and so is my daughter. It has never been a problem for me. There are only 3 left handed people in my family. That's just makes us more unique. Just let your child use whatever hand she or he prefers. The only that really matters is the love you give them!!!

Kate CP - posted on 07/29/2009

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Britni, I wouldn't say you were "responsible" for your son being left handed. You were being a good mom by instinctually recognizing his comfort in using his left hand and encouraged it. Nothing wrong with that. Remember, only left-handed people are in their right minds. ;)

Britni - posted on 07/29/2009

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Justine, you make me sound like a bad mom for wondering what the right thing to do is. I am not trying to change who he is as a person, just trying to do what's best and what will make his life easier in the long run. I am not anti-leftie lol I am just not one, so I wanted to ask you guys.

I want to thank you all for your input, it def helped.

Justine - posted on 07/29/2009

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not since like 1920...the world has changed to accomidate us lefties, and you will have a very creative child if you let them be what they are. dont try and change them.

Michele - posted on 07/28/2009

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lifties are Great and smart too we just have to adapt to a right handed world.GO LEFTIES!!!!!

Debbie - posted on 07/28/2009

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Let me say I was and still am a leftie. I am an over achiever, not lazy. Graduated high school with straight A's and got the best handwriting award about every other year! So don't tell me lefties are stupid, lazy or sloppy writers...That's just not true! Embrace the difference!!! It can be a good thing!!!

Britni - posted on 07/28/2009

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Tamika - I actually caught the last few minutes of a documentary. Honestly, i am not so sure i could convert him if i tried. Maybe i should try a ruler! lol j/k



Really, one of the things that concerned me was that i wasn't sure if i was somewhat responsible b/c once i realized he was using his left hand most (he was 2, which is when i was told they are pretty much set on one or the other) i caught myself placing his fork in his left hand on several occasions w/o even thinking about it. I mean if Liana was converted, i could def see how a 2yr old can be taught and get used to using his/her left.



Thanks for all your comments.

Liana - posted on 07/28/2009

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my son has used his left hand since he was 2 theres nothing wrong with it I was forced to use my right hand as a child by a teacher who would hit my hand with a wooden ruler if I forgot so now I use my right hand and my handwriting is terrible and I grip my pen to hard. Just let your kid decide whats best for them.

Autumn - posted on 07/27/2009

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lefties are greaaaaaaaaaaaaat we need more lol, no but seriously let them be they'll be fine I'm left handed and am doing great.

Tamika - posted on 07/27/2009

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Kate: Your the first rightie I know with sloppy hand writing. LOL!!!! As far as hand preference every child is different even for the same parent. Maybe your daughter will use both hands. My uncle does.

Kate CP - posted on 07/27/2009

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Tamika: What I meant was kids will experiment with either hand to find which one works best for them. My daughter will color with her right hand but always picks up things and holds things in her left. But she's only 3. Some kids are just naturally drawn to one hand versus the other.

About the sloppy writing...I'm a rightie and my husband tells me I write like a 5 year old. Nice, huh? ;P So even righties can be sloppy. :)

Tamika - posted on 07/27/2009

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"Besides, kids don't really show a hand preference until 5 or older."



Kate, I have to disagree with this, all children are different, but as for my two boys 8 and 2 years old. They have been righties since day one, my sister was the same way. As far as I know I have been a leftie since conception. I was born sucking my left, literally my head came out with my left thumb stuck in my mouth, and I sucked that left thumb till I was 13. As for my sons and my sister, the right hand was always the first hand to pick up a toy or hold a hand.

Tamika - posted on 07/27/2009

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I'm courious, did a doctor tell you do do this? Im asking because, the teacher that tried to convert was from Jamaica(my family is also) and it is a belief that lefties are lazy and stupid among the older generation, and that is the motivation behind the converstion. The worst thing about being a leftie is sloppy handwriting.

Tamika - posted on 07/27/2009

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Whats wrong with being a leftie, I am a leftie, the only one in my family. I had no problems learning how to read or write, that is until my kindergarden teacher tried to convert me. Then I just stoped writeing all together until my mother told her about herself. Let your child be who they are going to be. Lefteis are special people, so special that your child can get a scholorship to college just for being one. The hand you write with has nothing to do with which side of the brian they will use the most.

Kate CP - posted on 07/27/2009

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Nothing wrong with being left handed. Trying to force them to change that natural part of themselves is probably not a good idea.

Besides, kids don't really show a hand preference until 5 or older.

Jessica - posted on 07/27/2009

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I have heard that most children who are forced to use their right hand instead, have many difficulties in adapting. Many think that it is because they are just born with one side more dominant than the other, and that they will also excel in different areas as many right handed children. Nurture it, don't stifle it!

Jamie - posted on 07/27/2009

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Both my kids and hubby are left handed, im the only rightie. I dont see an issue, my DH is a very smart man. his iq is very high.

Debbie - posted on 07/27/2009

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I am a leftie and an adult. Some things may be a bit confusing,but I would not worry about it that much. That is the way God made her. Also, don't allow others to guilt u into thier way, you are the parent. Besides being unique is well...special! I believe my 4 yr. old is also a leftie and I think it's kinda neat.

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