My son is left handed, I am left handed, so what?

@alindahaw (1219)
Philippines
February 7, 2008 5:18am CST
It is really amazing how most people try to force others to comform to what they believe to be the right ways to do things. I can't really understand why people fuss too much about using the right hand to eat, write etc, etc. Some people are born lefthanded and they should be allowed to use their hands the way they want to.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
7 Feb 08
Don't conform! Don't be influenced with the norms that they impose. So what if it doesn't look good for those who don't see it right. Just do what you guys are use to ^_^ I am a right handed person but, I really really like to learn how to really utilize both my hands. So far, I could only snap my fingers, both my left and my right hands ^_^
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@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
Thanks! and oh yes! I like the idea of being to snap my fingers on both hands! A lot of people just don't understand how important it is to be able to do things differently. If the great painter Michelangelo conformed to norns, he wouldn't be able to paint such lovely pictures! :)
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
9 Feb 08
Indeed ^_^ Well, your welcome ^_^
@jenlynw (41)
• United States
8 Feb 08
My husband and I are both left-handed but we tend to use our right hands to do most things except for writing and eating. Our two boys are right-handed and the oldest had trouble with teachers when he used his left hand more than the right, I remember them bringing it up at parent/teacher conferences as if they'd never seen someone use their opposite hand before! I know I had a teacher that tried to "teach" me to be right/handed, I couldn't do it! I agree, let people use whatever hand they are comfortable with, and let kids hold their pencils/pens whichever way works best for them...(another problem we've had with our kid's teachers in past!) Although I have wondered WHY my kids are both right-handed when my husband and I are left-handed, I've never tried to make them change. Good topic by the way. :) Have a great night! :)
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@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
Teachers should never force their students to write with their right hands. They, of all people, should know that some kids are simply different and they should be allowed to express their uniqueness in some ways.
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• United States
7 Feb 08
Well i heard that left-handed people work with the right side of the brain, meaning the right-handed people don't : ). I said that because i am left-handed also and my oldeer brother is left-handed. I never understood why it was such a big deal being left-handed. They made it seem as if we have some kind of defect or something, i mean come on now. I also heard that left-handed people are very artistic and that can vary in many ways. Can you write or draw? I messed up an opportunity when i was in Middle school to write for the school paper because i could just make up a story at the drop of a hat and my English teacher loved that and so she recommended me and my brother, man he definitely could have been an artist and his penmanship is beautiful. Be left-handed and proud!!
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@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
Yes, left handed people are naturally artistic and creative. My older brother who is also lefthanded and he is a civil engineer. He designs beautiful buildings using his left hand!
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• Indonesia
7 Feb 08
I am actually left handed too, but my parents forced me to use right hand to write, eat, etc. and until today, very few people have ever noticed that I am actually left handed. well, I have mostly used my right hand to write all the time, maybe I've been bad in writing using my left hand on paper, but if I need to write at the blackboard, I will still be able to use my left hand to write. mostly people would notice my left-hand when they threw anything to me, and I grabbed it fast (in reflect movement) by my left hand. they would suddenly start to notice that I was actually left handed. so what? I don't feel I know whether I am left handed or right handed nowadays. and I'm confused. :(
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@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
We are on the same boat. When I was little, my mom, who was a school teacher forced me to write with my right hand. It was plain torture but I learned to write with my right hand. Unfortunately, writing is about the only task that I can do with my right hand perfectly. hehe! I am a "lefty" and that is not gonna change. Besides, I like using my left hand. :)
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@lolina (12)
• Malta
7 Feb 08
i,have a baby boy 3 months old.i think he's is going to be left handed because everytime he puts his left hand in his mouth..if you are lefthanded thats because you use the wright side of your brian.its no big deal
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@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
Yeah, I noticed that my son was lefthanded when he was about that age too. You are absolutely right, there is nothing wrong with being lefthanded. It's not as if you cannot drive your car or write your name using your lefthand or something. :) thanks!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I don't believe most people make a big deal out of whether a person is right or left-handed these days, alindahaw. It was a problem with some people when people were less informed. I also think it tends to be hereditary.
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@littleone3 (2065)
8 Feb 08
My daugther is left handed as was her dad. My partner and mum are as well. When my mum was at school, (she is in her sixties now),they tryed to get her to write with her right hand as they thought it wasnt normal to be left handed. She still writes with her left hand today so this didnt work. But i think attitudes have change some what since then as my daugther has an easy time of it at school as they now provide left handed scissors and such. Theres not such a big thing made of it today.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
8 Feb 08
My five year old son is left handed and my husband and I are right handed. No big deal with me. It is what feels more comfortable for him and not for anyone else. His grandparents tried to force him to write right and I objected and told them, in a nice way, that there is nothing wrong with using your left hand for anything.
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• India
8 Feb 08
my son is also lefty and i aloow him to follow his nature.many of the people adised me to change his nature of hand but i liked the way he confidently handled with his hand so he is a lefty.
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@angel08 (120)
• Philippines
8 Feb 08
My husband and I are both right handed but our two sons are left handed we don't force them to use their right hand for writing, for holding spoon(eat), which ever is comfortable for them we let them be.
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@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
8 Feb 08
We have left-handers scattered throughout the immediate family: two of our children, both of their grandmothers, my wife's brother and sister. I'm partly left-handed as well, not being able to play games like baseball or cricket as a right-hander. Variety is the spice of life! I've written several articles about the subject, for example: We're all a little right and left-handed. http://www.socyberty.com/People/We%E2%80%99re-all-a-little-right-and-left-handed..12475
@kymommy72 (588)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I completely agree. My brother in law and sister in law practically badgered my niece who started out as a lefty to use her right hand, which she now does. I just don't see the point. So what if your child is a lefty. I don't get why it matters. My son uses both hands. He eats and writes with his right and throws balls and sometimes plays with his toys with his right. I just leave him be. Whatever hand he chooses to use is fine with me. You can't force a child to be something they are not in my opinion.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
8 Feb 08
I'm a left handed too. Well, not totally, because I write and do a couple of other things with my right hand, so in a sense, you can say I am ambidextrous. I don't feel the need to conform and I feel fine since God has made me this way, just as He has made many others right handed. To conform means to say that right is right, and left is wrong, and that there is something odd or weird with those who are more adept at using their left hands naturally. So I think you should live life the way you are comfortable with, and not try to force yourself to do otherwise.
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@david2005 (800)
• Canada
8 Feb 08
That is true,it shouldn't matter what hand you use to do things with.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I am left handed, though I wasn't born this way. When I was little I became deathly ill and when I recovered from it my left hand became the dominant one I used. I never had anyone try and force me to use my right hand. That seems strange to me, though I did read of such a thing in a book from the 'old days'. I just didn't think it happened now. How sad.
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• Israel
7 Feb 08
I didn't really get it, did someone tried to force (or convince) you or your son to use your right hand? how stupid is that?! What does it matter if you are left or right handed People are just sooo stupid i find it hard to belive ~.~ By the way, I've heard that left handed people are smarter than right handed, even though it has no sientific base, it's stiil cool :P
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@starangel (414)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I completely agree. My youngest son is left-handed. I noticed right away before his 1st bday. I never stopped him from doing it. Everyone else in the house is right-handed, except him. ....and? lol. There are worse things to worry about than which hand a person uses to wipe his...uh..nose.
@youless (98979)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 08
You are right. In fact I think it's a free will for people to use which hands they prefer. No matter it's right hand or left hand, it's totally no problem at all. Perhaps there are more right handed people than left handed people, so that it seems it's not the best to use right hand. In fact here we think that the left handed people are smarter.
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
7 Feb 08
My husband is left handed, and in fact, so was my ex husband. I have a niece and nephew who are also left handed. When I was a child in the 60's and 70's a lot of people viewed that there was something wrong with that, but I don't see as much of that now. I think people should be accepted for who they are, really, judging someone because they happen to be left handed is just silly. I love my husband and my niece and nephew, being a lefty has no bearing on who they really are.
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• Canada
7 Feb 08
My sister is left handed and my mom said that the whole time she was growing up all her teachers tried to teach her to use her right hand. She is fine now but i agree with you, what difference does it make which hand you use to do anything!
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