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Pakistan
July 29, 2008 11:08pm CST
what is the best way to change a left hand child to right hand....? thus it make any difference that your child is a left hander ? how much efforts would you make to change him?
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• United States
30 Jul 08
I would not make any effort to change a child's use of the dominant hand. I would leave it up to the child for which would be the most comfortable for him/her. I didn't with any of my children and my parents did not make an effort to change my dominant hand. I'm left-handed. Or ambidextrous. I use one hand or the other for whatever task I'm doing. Things I do left-handed: Use fork and spoon Crochet Paint with a brush Slice veggies Spread butter and jelly on bread Hand sewing Things I do right-handed: Cut with scissors Open a jar Knit Throw a ball Hit a ball with a bat Shoot bow and arrow Deal cards Cut meat at a meal These are just some of the things I do with one hand or the other and it's the most comfortable for me. Now, if I were to have an injury to my left arm or hand which would cause me to have to write right-handed, I would have a struggle with it. It sure would take lots of practice before it would be legible!!
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Why change them? Let them write with whichever hand is more comfortable. And I don't think it's possible to change them anyway. Unless, you are physically making sure that they write with that particular hand. Sometimes I wish I was a lefty, lol.
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@meggan79 (436)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I can't remember now where I heard the phrase (maybe I read it), that left handed people were smarter than right handed people. I was upset when I first read it cause I am right handed. After I had my daughter the phrase really stuck in my head because she is left handed. All the really over the top intellegent people I have met are left handed. It is harder to show her things at times because she is left handed, but I wouldn't change it for the world. It helps define who she is and I would never want to change that.
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@irishmist (3820)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Who ever said right handed was the only way to be. I am left handed, and I can use my right hand as well for many things. I know people that are right handed and can't use their left hand for anything. We should not try to change which hand a child uses. Why would anyone want to do that? What would be the purpous?
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@philjas (1134)
• United States
30 Jul 08
No, I don't think you should ever attempt to change this at all. As far as I know people are born either right or left handed and there's nothing wrong with either one, it's just that being left handed is more rare. I think it would be really damaging emotionally to try to force a left handed child to become right handed. Not not only would it be extremely difficult for them physically, but emotionally it would be like telling them there's something "wrong" with them and they need to change.
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• Canada
30 Jul 08
I would let my child do whatever was natural. I don't see a need to change them if they feel more comfortable doing things left handed. That just makes them even more unique and special!
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30 Jul 08
leave him alone!!! it doesn't matter if you are left or right handed. my nan thought i'd be stupid because i was left handed as a child. she encouraged me to use my right hand and it took me a lot longer to learn to write because i wasn't using my natural hand. i write with my right hand because i was forced to be that way, but i still play sports and reach for objects with my left hand. i cannot hit a ball with a bat for toffee right handed or kick a ball with my right foot. i wish i was left to use whichever hand was natural to me as a small child. my daughter is left handed, and she has no problems using most things. the only left handed item i've ever bought for her was a pair of scissors. right handed ones just screw the paper up rather than cut it when she tried to use them which she found really fustrating.
@Valenas (1510)
• United States
30 Jul 08
There is no best way to change a left-handed child to be right-handed because it's a stupid idea, and they will always be naturally left-handed anyway. Trying to change their dominant hand is like dying their hair brown for the rest of their life even though they were born with blonde hair. It is covering up something that they are born with because the parent finds something wrong with it, or thinks that society will find something wrong with it. I am right-handed, but sometimes I pretend I am left-handed just to see who notices. Sometimes people do, and they usually say something along the lines of, "I see you're left handed. I have heard that left-handed people are smart, artistic, beautiful people." Being left handed is not something to be ashamed of, and I am wondering why, in these times, parents are still so eager to change that.