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  1. Hendrik Van den Broek says:

    I do everything Righthanded even coin rolls and such, but I write with my left. My writing is messy, but I can’t do any better at the moment with my right. Should I invest my time in trying to switch over to my right hand and see if it will work in my favor.

    Thanks,
    Hendrik

  2. Donna says:

    Can anyone help? My son is 7 years old and is left handed up until he was 6 he used both hands but has now gone left full time, I’m always getting nagged at by his teacher that his handwriting is not up to the level of the other children in his class. Can anyone recommend anything that will help him.

  3. jarlie says:

    if you are looking for something strange. her it is. one my mum’s side of the family all the females are lefties. mum is one of eighteen girls. they are all lefties. so are all their children all girls. that’s about fifty girls. I have four of each. two set of twins but only girls are lefties. you’d think if people have twins, that they both right with the same had would you? I was wondering if left handedness is more common in females or if my mum’s side of the family are unusual?. I do know anything about my dad’s side of the family as he left us when I was four. I am the youngest.

    • Poppy Bell says:

      My father was right handed my mother is left handed, I have three brothers one who is right handed one who is ambidextrous myself and younger brother are left handed, so a 50% split .
      I have a right handed daughter, but my other two daughters are left handed , I could teach them to knit ,sew, most things really like my mother, but it was hard with my right handed daughter she used have a what are you doing look on her face hahaha so my best friend taught her right handed tasks I could not. Now her daughter my granddaughter is right handed and gives me the same look!! lol
      I’m hoping my left handed daughters little boy is left handed, and it looking more like it as he grows , but I would never push him to use either hand he is what he is , but here’s hoping 😉

  4. Liberty Romero says:

    Im left handed, my sister has a left handed daughter. She is three years old and my
    sister wants to start helping her write. I was never taught right because both parents
    and sisters are all right handed. She wants me to help but I want to teach her so she
    doesnt get cramps in her hands like I do. Can anyone help me?

    • jarlie says:

      the best thing to do is get a left handed pen. also wrote slowly, don’t use capital letters not even at the start of the sentence. also after every two or three sentences take a break and wiggle your fingers. this really helped when i taught my girls to write. i hope this works for you let me know. j

  5. sarah says:

    hi my name is sarah i am 9 years old i am left handed it is hard for me to use my ruler so my mom bought me a left-handed ruler from this website and it is great so thanks

  6. Laura P. James says:

    Michelle, don’t make a big deal out of it. I learned to never put the pen/pencil in someone’s hand. Just lay it on the table and have them pick it up. Just encourage your child to adjust the paper for his own comfort. Talk to him about all the great people that are lefties..Notice our our great President Obama writes? It did not take away from his Hi IQ! Lefties are great thinkers, observers and just great people.. my brothers and sisters are….Laura

  7. Donna Carriker says:

    When I was in the sixth grade the first grade teacher in our school had a left-handed student. She was having a very hard time teaching him how to write, so she “borrowed” me to come & show him how. After that the child did very well. (I slant my paper to the left & turn my hand upside down-my left-handed husband does neither.)

    • jarlie says:

      if you are looking for something strange. her it is. one my mum’s side of the family all the females are lefties. mum is one of eighteen girls. they are all lefties. so are all their children all girls. that’s about fifty girls. I have four of each. two set of twins but only girls are lefties. you’d think if people have twins, that they both right with the same had would you? I was wondering if left handedness is more common in females or if my mum’s side of the family are unusual?. I do know anything about my dad’s side of the family as he left us when I was four. I am the youngest.

  8. Donna Carriker says:

    When I was in the sixth grade the first grade teacher in our school had a left-handed student. She was having a very hard time trying to teach him to write. She “borrowed” me to come & show him how. The child did very well after that.

  9. Gliceria Ong says:

    I have a left hander 10 year-old granddaughter. She keeps saying writing is sometimes a hassle. So I would like to surprise her with a STABILLO roller pen for her birthday on Dec 10th.
    Gliceria Ong(grandma)

    • effy says:

      You are such an unsderstanding grandma, I am a lefty of a right-handed family, my parents and grandparents always try to correct my hand, especially my grandma, we chinese use chopsticks when we have meals, no one in my family wants to sit on my left side, every one feels uncomfortable when my chops beat his, I have to be very careful not to disturb the one who sit by my left.

      • Johnavon says:

        Great common sense here. Wish I ’d tohhugt of that.

      • Laura P. James says:

        I am so blessed. I was raised in a home with a left-handed mother and she raised nine children, four of us are left-handed. We all sat on the four corners of the table. I continue to invite others into my left-handed world by designing left-handed greeting cards and brochures. So blessed. Laura/Brooklyn, N. Y.

  10. Toni says:

    Hello Michelle,
    Many teachers want left-handed children to slant their papers to the left instead of the right because they think that helps left-handed children. It does not. Start out with basic lessons, as Jan says, with wide sweeps, but encourage him not to curl his hand (this causes problems later). Circles and lines in smooth strokes is the start. Lefties tend to curl their hands inward awkwardly. Slant the paper to the right, just like a right-handed person would and see if that helps with the penmanship.

    • Sandra Davis says:

      Toni, my second grade teacher always turned my paper to the right, but when she left my desk, I turned it to the left. This was my comfortable way. It has not caused me problems, and I still do it that way. I also curve my hand, and when people see me write, they comment on it. It is not uncomfortable for me and I have beautiful penmanship. I say let a child determine his/her own way. Each child will be better off if left alone.

  11. Jan says:

    Get him to write ver large on the backside of wall paper really big letters until he is making smooth movements then he will be able to make it smaller and smaller until he can write well small. Us lefties need to make sense of our slightly different wireing

  12. Michelle says:

    Hello

    I am the right-handed Mom of a left-hander. I have had diffculty teaching him penmanship. He is currently in the fourth grade and his handwriting is horrific.How can I help him in this area?

    • Sandra Davis says:

      Boys do not worry about their penmanship. Make it a challenge for him. Tell him that he needs to show that being a leftie doesn’t mean that he can’t write with pretty letters. But let him develop his style without criticism. He needs to feel confident in his leftieness. He will do better when he is older and is consciencous of the need for better handwriting. Or, he may become a doctor.

      • Sandra Davis says:

        By the way, Michelle. By trying to teach your son yourself, you are obsessing on his lefty ways. Don’t try to make him do what he cannot do at this age. As a former teacher, I have had experience with this. He needs confidence in himself more than he needs pretty penmanship.

    • jarlie says:

      hi Michelle, i would start by getting him a left handed pen. and tell him to either have the paper straight or slightly to the right. if this doesn’t work out than why don’t you order him a left handed note book. or he can write in the back of his text book instead of the front. that worked wonders in my family.

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