What makes you left or right handed?

@socorban (651)
United States
March 17, 2007 11:49am CST
Im just curious s to what exactly makes on eleft or right handed. My Mom and dad are both left handed, yet i turn out right handed. What is it that does this? Is it a gene thing or is it simply practice from child hood? What about ambidexturous people? Ive heard you can practice and bring your weaker hand up to par but ive tried it and im like a fish out of water trying to write with my left hand. What cuases this, anyone know?
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
17 Mar 07
That is a very good question. I think it has yet to be answered with real solid evidence. I can say that I have seven children and of those seven, I have one child that is left handed. I noticed that when he was a baby and me introducing silverware, he would always grab the spoon with his left hand. And after that, I realized that when he picked up finger food, he preferred his left hand. I found it interesting and would often place things in front of his right to see if he would pick it up with his right. Which, most often, he would still pick it up with his left. So, after discovering that he truly preferred his left, I was sure to encourage him to use his left when learning to draw and color. Other than that, he seems the to not differ from my others children that much. They say that a person that is left handed is more creative...but my other daughter is very much an artist and uses her right hand! :) So, I have not figured it out myself either. And maybe one day we will uncover the mysteries of the brain. Until then...I enjoy trying to figure it out. :) Welcome to myLot!
@socorban (651)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I heard about that creative aspect as well, but im not sure of its validity cuas eim right handed and a very skilled artist. I love to draw. I always wanted to knwo what makes you right or left, genetics or childhood personal preferance. I got my mom a tshirt one time that says, "if the left half of your brain controls the right side of your body than only left handed people are in there right mind" I found it amusing.
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I would find that shirt amusing also! LOL I often love those tee shirts that have the amusing saying. :) I would like to know if it is genetics too. What made my one son out of seven children decide to use his left hand? I am not left handed. His father is not left handed. My sister is left handed...but we have different fathers. And it was her father that was a lefty. So, that put it out of my mother passing on lefty genes. My father was also right handed. Hmmm...but when my son showed that he wanted to be left handed, I made sure that the teacher knew when he started school. So many kids have been forced to be right handed because of the way they teach and learn. Oh...and I am very artistic also. And like I said, I am right handed. So I am not sure that I believe in that left handed more creative thing either.
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