Left Handedness

@dorannmwin (36608)
United States
February 14, 2011 10:24pm CST
I'm a left-handed person and my son is going to be as well, he is four years old now and can only hold a pencil or crayon correctly in his left hand. Growing up a left-handed person in a right handed world was actually a challenge for me because of the fact that the rest of my family was all right-handed. So, I would really like to know if there are other left-handed people in the mylot world. If you are a left-handed person, what do you think is the most difficult part of being a left-handed person in a right-handed world. For me, the biggest challenge was and will always continue to be using a vegetable peeler. I actually had to find a left-handed one on ebay because I couldn't peel vegetables before.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 Feb 11
I guess I am one of the lucky ones in the fact that I am ambidextrous. I write with my left hand but I don't remember any problems at school regarding it. This might have something to do with the fact that everything else I did, from playing tennis to rounders (similar to baseball)..and cricket..I used my RIGHT hand to bat with! Whenever I threw a ball I used my right hand. In fact, the peeler you mentioned? I use my right hand to peel potatoes, etc. Stapler? Right hand! Mouse? Right hand! Scissors? Right hand! Ironing? Right hand! Telephone? LEFT hand! Brushing hair? Can use both hands. Whenever I played football (soccer) with "the lads" I amazed them all by using BOTH FEET. This is why I cannot understand why the overpaid players in the Premier League cannot use both feet. Some can but they are in a minority. The great Sir Bobby Charlton had a "wicked" left foot and he's said he wasn't naturally left-footed..he used to practice. It's a shame the overpaid guys don't seem to bother. Just play with morose expressions, then count the money afterwards!
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
You are lucky in the fact that you are ambidextrous. When I was growing up I often wished that would have been the case for me. However, it wasn't meant to be. There are so many things that I will give a try with my right hand, but a try is all that it is because I've actually found that it is dangerous for me to operate with my right hand.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 Feb 11
Hello! Yes, I suppose I have taken it for granted that I am ambidextrous. Some kid at school mentioned the fact I was holding a cricket bat the way a right-handed person would. I'd never even thought about what I was doing up until then (I was probably about 10 or 11) so I mentioned it to my Mum and she told me I was ambidextrous, then explained what that was. Obviously, I didn't go around telling everybody and I certainly didn't feel special but I do realise that not all left-handers (like your good self) are ambidextrous so find it difficult to use their right hand. In actual fact, it works with right-handers as well as Rafael Nadal is naturally right-handed but learned to use his left hand to play tennis, as left-handers are harder to play against. So, in that instance, left-handedness wins! Hoorah!
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
18 Feb 11
You are right. I'm a baseball fan and I always like to see those people come up to bat that are switch hitters because you never know which way they are going to go.
@eshaan (6193)
• India
15 Feb 11
I have some family members here after marriage who are left handers and i find them very strange when they are doing any work...i like to watch them...but i have never tried to do any work with left hand...nor can i do...as i am right hander i don't know what problems the left handers may have to face... i think you might be having problem with many things...
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
I don't really think of them as being problems with things. Instead, I choose to view them as being challenges. Most of these are challenges that I am happy to say that I've been able to overcome.
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
16 Feb 11
Yes..that's teh spirit ...that changes your problems to challenges and then its easy and joyful to overcome them...
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
18 Feb 11
I think that is the reason that I started thinking of them as being challenges when I was a young girl.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
16 Feb 11
i never thought of me being different or something. hahaha i am left handed, my best friend is left handed too.. well i never thought of me different or apart from the others because i have cousins who are left handed. But my son and daughter are all right handed it was never a challenge or hard.. i got used to it. i also observed that most left handed people i know are quite good in art ( not all but mostly)
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
In my own right I think that I am an artist. I am an artist with words because I love to write. It is said that the right half of the brain controls most of the creative abilities and left-handed people tend to use the right half of their brain more frequently.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
16 Feb 11
I have a two year old who is showing left handed dominance. She definitely favors her left hand for eating and coloring. i had a mini mommy meltdown when I realized this. Not because she is a lefty, but because I am a righty and I do not know how to teach her to hold a pencil correctly or do things.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Here is a hint that my mother did for me when she was little. When you are teaching her to do things, sit facing her. Her mind will see things the way that she should do them because sitting in front of her will give her a mirror image of what you are doing.
@bunnybon7 (31479)
• Holiday, Florida
16 Feb 11
im right handed so i dont think id have had a problem though since i dont ever and have never liked using a vegetable peeler i guess cause i was raised just using a knife to peel. i had one hubby that was left handed and didnt even realize it till he mentioned it. i would think tho in this age it might be hard to use a mouse i just thought of that.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
I didn't start using a computer when I was in elementary school and at school they wouldn't let us move the mouse to the other side of the keyboard. This meant that I was forced to be able to use a mouse with my right hand. One of the few things that I can do right-handed.
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Feb 11
Two of my children are left handed, as are my dad and one of my brothers. My mom once told me she thought she had been a lefty, but had been made to use her right hand. I'm not sure what challenges the kids have run into, but I do remember, when my father-in-law was still alive, and he found out that Dearra was a lefty, that he wanted to know if we could "fix" that. "Why", I asked? Well apparently there's this German superstition that lefty's aren't as smart as rightys. But when I told him my dad is a lefty (my Dad is real smart), that shut him right up, and he never brought it up again.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
My parents never tried to "fix" me. I do remember that because of the fact that I was left-handed, I had a special relationship with one of my dad's brothers because of the fact that he was the only one of nine kids that was left handed.
• Oman
15 Feb 11
I'm afraid that your son's passion soon is into playing the guitar. Obviously, he would find difficulty in strumming the strings but it would be a greater challenge for the tutor or trainer as the case may be. My simplest advise for you, Ms. Dorannmwin is to just let go of your child's left-handedness ability. He will learn things well and without difficulty as he grows old and grows up. Mind you, research says that most if not all left-handed people are brilliant and creative minds they as well are broad and open-minded beings and thus succeed in life. After all, its just letting go and letting God do it for your child. He is God's blessing to you.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Being that I am a left-handed person myself, I view it as a gift that I am allowed to raise a child that has the same different abilities as I've got. I just look forward to seeing if the challenges that he faces will be the same as those that I faced being the only left-handed person in a family.
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
15 Feb 11
Being a lefty for me is a gift. It's what I am and I am proud of it I say. Though I'm still fortunate that I am able to use both left and right in doing things. It has been a challenge also, but I trained my right hand to do other tasks and I'm surprised that people are impressed because I can use both hands. The only thing I can't do using my right hand is to write.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
I definitely can't write using my right hand. In fact, when I broke my left arm when I was 19 years old, it was easier for me to learn to write with the cast on my arm than it was to even attempt to write with my right hand.
• Philippines
15 Feb 11
I'm a right handed person but my husband is a left handed person and so is my dad. They say there are some inconveniences of being a left handed person since most equipments are made for right handed persons. What is unique in some left handed persons like my dad is that he only writes using his right hand but does the rest of the work using his left hand.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
The only things that I am able to do right handed are to play the viola (I started that when I was in 4th grade) and I use the mouse with my right hand because at my school they wouldn't let me move the mouse to the other side when I started learning computers.
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@staria (2782)
• Philippines
15 Feb 11
I am not a left handed person but would like to share about my sister who is one. Her biggest challenge was to learn how to play the guitar. Because playing it would mean she have to play the chords upside down (w/ the right hand). But since she is so determined and has the passion to learn, she did! And guess what, she played it the normal way, using the left hand for the chords and right hand for the rhythm. :)
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
I believe that there are a lot of people that play stringed instruments left-handed. In my experience, we couldn't find a teacher that could teach me to play in a way that would have been natural for me, so I actually learned to play the viola the same way that all of the people in the right-handed society do.
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@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
15 Feb 11
I don't think I am very much help on this topic because I am a right handed person. But my brother is a left handed person. He really does find it tough to do stuff in a right handed society. I guess if I was him, it would take me a long time to learn to adjust to the world and make it easier for myself.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
At a certain point I think that all left-handed people learn to deal with all of the challenges that are presented to us. However, I remember a lot of challenges when I was a very young girl and I honestly feel like I am going through them again because of having a left-handed child of my own.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
15 Feb 11
I'm right-handed but I think one problem is that there aren't enough things that are designed for left-handed people. Most of the stuff we use are right-handed friendly - even school desks. Although some manufacturers have considered left-handed people in the design of their products, I feel that most of them still do not take that into account. I have friends who are left-handed who feel they're being discriminated and that they are forced to make do with things designed for right-handed people which, accordingly, has adverse effects on them.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
This definitely takes me back to my high school years. I remember how difficult it was for me to take notes because of the fact that the classrooms that had desks in them were not made the right way for me.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
15 Feb 11
Hello, Dorannmwin. Happy heart's day. I am also a left handed person. When I was a kid I was teased because of this. I remember my great granma would poke my left hand when I used it for eating and writing. I remembered crying while eating because I could not eat with the spoon on my right. None of my kids inherited this. But, yes, there are a lot of inconveniences for a left handed person like us because most of the equipments are designed for right handed ones. Like a can opener. It is difficult for me to open a can using the standard can opener because the blade isn't working well. also, driving the cars. The gears are positioned on the right side so it is difficult to shift and maneuvered the car by the right hand for me. However, there are also gifts that go along with being a left handed. We do have great penmanship and we are good in logic and language. It must be the part of that brain that controls it.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
I learned to drive on an automatic transmission so that really wasn't something that was a challenge for me. However, when I was nineteen years old, a friend of mine decided that I needed to learn how to drive a manual transmission. He failed badly in teaching me this skill. I was finally able to learn to drive a manual transmission when I was twenty-two years old.
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• United States
15 Feb 11
Interesting to read this as I am right handed and always thought that left handed people simply did as we right handed ones. I did not know that you need special left handed items to be able to use products with ease. Always something new I learn here on myLot. Now I am playing with my mouse and can see that it would not be as comfortable as when I use it with the right hand.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Ergonomically there are a lot of household tools that are made to be used only by people that are right handed. One memory that I distinctly have from growing up was when my mother was trying to teach me to crochet. She would get so frustrated with me because I insisted that it had to be done backwards. She finally sat in front of me and showed me how to do it and from then I could crochet.
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@iva75cpb (729)
• Bulgaria
15 Feb 11
I am a left-handed person. When I was a child, the biggest challenge wasn't for me but for my parents because in my class at school we were three left-handed children. And it was a right-handed society of a communist regime back then and all the teachers demanded that we started writing with our right hands. My parents struggled hardly to keep this from happening because no one can deliberately change nature's choices. And physiologically it was the worst thing to do. How can one change what nature gave him without any biological and neuron disturbances? Eventually my parents "won" this battle and nobody ever forced me to change my nature. My daughter is four years old and for now she tends to be right-handed. It's a challenge to me to teach her how to write because it is difficult to hold the pen with my left hand and at the same time holding her tiny right hand and showing her the letters. In fact my right hand serves me only when I use the scissors. Everything else I do with my left hand. And it's quite exciting for me to be "different". I never regretted, even for a second, that I was left-handed. Even more, I'm proud.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
I'm very proud of the fact that I'm a left-handed person as well. Even more than that, I'm very happy about the fact that I have the opportunity to raise a child that is left-handed as well. The most recent challenge that we've had with our four-year-old is that he wants to play tee-ball this year and that means that he has to have a baseball glove. I've been looking for one for him since last November and my little sister finally found one for him about a week ago. It is virtually impossible to find a left-handed glove for a preschooler.
@iva75cpb (729)
• Bulgaria
16 Feb 11
Actually it's almost impossible to find anything designed specifically for left-handed people. In this right-handed world we often feel as if we are some sort of second-hand people. The main presumption is that 90% of the population is right-handed so... left-handed people, save yourselves!
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
18 Feb 11
There used to be a store here where I live that was called the Left Handers store and all that they carried were gadgets that were designed for a left-handed person. I thought that was the coolest place.
@shaggin (24185)
• United States
16 Feb 11
My grandmother was left handed. My daughter is left handed but her father and I are not. My son isnt left handed either. They say the left handed people are usually more artistic and creative. I certainly find that true with my daughter. She holds her pencil in her left hand just as a right person holds it in their right. She doesnt hold it weird like so many left handed people I see do. So far she doesnt have a hard time doing anything different then any of the other kids.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
18 Feb 11
It too hold my pencil or pen the same way that a right-handed person would hold their pen. However, when I am writing I do notice that I hook my hand to write.
@shaggin (24185)
• United States
18 Feb 11
Ahh thats what I meant. Left handed people usually do the hook thing with their hand. My daughter doesnt do that. I almost always see everyone who is left handed doing the hook thing. I asked the occupational therapist when my daughter was little why left handed people do that and she said so they can see the letters as they are written its a subconcious thing.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
18 Feb 11
I never thought about that being the reason for it. But, now that you've mentioned it, that does sound like a very plausible reason.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
17 Feb 11
I think I am inately left-handed. And because I also grew up in a right-handed world, I had to learn to be right-handed. Which is mostly writing. But everything else I do, my left hand is dominant (Maybe I'm just different). Shoot pool, throw darts, bowling, golf, etc. Anyway, my kids are both left handed. And I don't think there would be anything challenging for them as they grow up because a lot of oriented-left-handed things available. [i]Maybe looking for golf clubs... It is harder to find golf clubs for kids that are not right handed. At least in our area anyway.[/i]
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
18 Feb 11
I know nothing about golf so I cannot attest for that one. However, we've had a heck of a time trying to find a baseball glove for my son.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
15 Feb 11
I am a right handed person but I can do a lot of things with my left hand like using chopsticks and using knives and forks, one of the things that I cannot do with my left hand is writing.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
See, I can't use a pen in my right hand and I really can't even use utensils with my right hand either. I think that I am a fully left-handed person.
@Nadinest1 (2042)
• Canada
15 Feb 11
I am a lefty.....and PROUD of it. The only thing I do left handed, is write, however. Everything else I am right handed. I can use both hands for some things though...like painting....while on a ladder I can use my left hand and right hand equally. My oldest son is left handed as well....but uses a right handed hockey stick and ball glove. My youngest son is right handed and used a left handed hockey stick and a left handed ball glove. We are a weird bunch.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
There is nothing that is weird about it. I think that there are certain degrees of handedness. For me, I am completely a left-handed person. My little sister, on the other hand is a right handed person but she is not completely right handed as she can do many things with her left hand.
@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
15 Feb 11
I am left-handed as well, and the hardest thing for me to do was to learn how to play guitar, although I suck at it! Even though I am left-handed, I still do many things right handed, like throwing a baseball or burshing my teeth, so maybe I am a little ambidextreous? I don't know, but I appreciate being able to use both hands, especially in a right-handed world!
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
16 Feb 11
There are honestly only two things that I can think of that I can do with my right hand effectively. I can play my viola the same way that the rest of people play stringed instruments and I can use a mouse on the computer. Other than that, I really feel like I don't have control of my right hand.