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  1. lynn says:

    I found that explaining to my 5 yr old grandson that us that use our left hand do most and think mostly backards, writing turning bolts and somes clocks, after a few examples he began to understand what I meant. I can say give it a try. It will work, if not now future examples will give your child a outlook on senerios. Good luck 🙂

  2. Frank says:

    I learned to write (left handed) by turning the paper at 45 degrees and writing “down hill” so that 1, I could see what I was writing and 2, so that the ink wouldn’t get on my hand and smudge the page. In my adult life I turn the page a full 90 degrees as I find it much faster

  3. Marty says:

    I don’t think I could even use a left-handed mouse now. I’ve been moving the mouse to the lift and clicking with my ring finger and pinky as long as I can remember.

  4. Geraldine says:

    Hi all, I have a five year old girl who is lefthanded, she writes everything back to front (starts at the end of a word and writes the last letter first) Can anyone recommend any books/aids that I could use please?
    Thanks in advance.

  5. Reanna Mitchell says:

    I’m thirteen and I love this site I’m subscribed to your newsletter and I love to see what there is for us its so awesome to see all of the things that they have.

  6. Merlien says:

    I am extremely left-handed, but very handy in using right handed tools with my left hand. I use a right handed mouse with my left hand by holding it difrently, never switched the buttons. So I adepted the things to my needs, not the other way around! The only thing I do with my right hand is blowing my nose, I don’t know why, maybe right handed people blow there noses with there left hand…

    • Daria says:

      Merlien,
      I do the same thing with my mouse, I just never bothered with the mouse because I learned to use a right-handed mouse, left-handed at school anyway. I don’t know why but I find it ten times easier. I can never find left-handed things here in Canada so I’m stuck using right-handed stuff, left-handed. My family look at me weird but its what I’m use to doing.

  7. Tricia says:

    My right-handed grandmother taught me to crochet by sitting in front of me and showing me. I can crochet speedily and easily (from left to right, hook towards me) but don’t do much these days as it’s not easy to follow right-handed patterns, the work being always on the opposite side to that of the pattern.
    Unfortunately, I was taught to knit at school and they insisted that I followed the right-handed way. I find that I am a slow and clumsy knitter to this day, although I can follow patterns without difficulty.

    • Merlien says:

      Luckely I had a ambidextrous handcraft teacher at school who tought me how to knit left handed. It was my favorite lesson because she payed attention to us lefties and could show us how to knit and sew. While I had to figure out for myself how to write. Stil can’t write that beautiful, but knitting is not a problem, lol! When people see me knit they look surprised!

  8. Wahoo says:

    Im 16 and a sophmore in highschool ive noticed that ive been bullied alot through my years of school some people crack wise left handed names and teachers purposely put me and other left handed people in the middle with other rights… its really hard being left handed sometimes at least now when we are sitting there are desks but then again theres the problem of the arm rest on the right side…

    • Tricia says:

      When I was last at college, they had chairs with arm rests which could be lifted out, turned over and inserted on the other side.

  9. David says:

    I have horrible memories from elementary school when I was learning how to write. I used to mirror write just like most lefties. I remember having my hand smacked millions of times because I refused to use my right hand.
    Luckily, because I was such a rebel as a child, I can still mirror write just as easily as I write properly. Leonardo da Vinci was known to write his personal notes backwards so other people couldn’t read them.
    As an added bonus, I learned how to write with both hands on a chalkboard or large sheet of paper simultaneously, creating mirror images of whatever it is I’m drawing. Can anyone else do that, or is that not specifically a left-handed talent?
    Oh and if anyone was interested, I learned Arabic partially because you can’t smear your writing when it goes from right to left.

  10. Gillian Yeager says:

    I am left handed and have struggled with school my whole life. When I first learned how to write, i could only write in mirror, and it wasn’t until second grade that i properly learned how to use a mouse without acidently clicking on the wrong side with my index finger. (I use a laptop now) My mom banned me from doing any cooking what so ever after I tried to use a can opener, instead of cutting out the middle, I sliced of the top and cut my thumb up pretty good. I now have a good friend that is left handed and we joke a lot about things that can produce humorous results for lefties, but in gym class during kickball the pitcher will throw the ball towards your right foot, so I have to move to kick the ball, and usualy wield poorer results than my classmates. I play guitar, but have difficulties learning. When I first learned how to play guitar my mother picked up a righthanded guitar, but I used the lefthanded positioning, so I learned how to play upside down (my friends were amused) but I can play right side up too. I think we all have to make agustments with our day to day life, but it makes you feel special that you have a special feature shared by only ten percent of the world.

  11. sofia says:

    I used to have problems with the computer mouse, thankfully i’ve had contact with the computer since i was about six. Now i’m 13 so i’m on-line all the time, and it does come in handy using the mouse in my right: for example i can be playing sims and doing my homework at the same time 🙂 And my right-handed mom still says that i don’t know how to multitask.
    I’m thankfull that my left hand was blessed! I’m great with drawings and the best part is that nobody taught me and i learned everything i know by copying pictures from books and magazines, no one in my class can draw Maggie Simpson out of nowhere.Think how happy i was when i found out Matt Groening is left handed? And that my favourite artist of all times M.C.Esher was also a leftie?
    My mother does tend to pick on my handwriting because opposite to the other girls mine isn’t all round and googly but small and sribble-esque. I ignore her because i can’t read anything she writes down and my handwrite doesn’t seem to bother anyone besides her; my teatchers don’t complain one of my friends says she likes mine because as she calls it “it’s writer like”.
    I like my handwriting because it’s likes the boy’s handwrite but legible and unique so my teatchers don’t even have to read my name in the test to know whose test is it from.
    A hug for all the left-handeds like me from Portugal 😀 August 13th is our day the other 90% doesn’t have one 😛

  12. Kaitlyn says:

    Hi left handed people like me! i just found this website and love it. i read that a lot of lefty’s are ambidextrous because we have to use right handed things like scissors. does that make us ambidextrous or are we still left handed? i’m so confused! :/

    • Tricia says:

      I’m left-handed but I recently ordered a pair of left-handed scissors after years of being forced to use scissors in my right hand, and now I find it most awkward to get used to using scissors in my left hand! Similarly, I peel things with a knife in my right hand because my mother thought it looked awkward and frightening (to her) to use my left, and one of the earliest chores I had to do was peel potatoes. To this day, if I must use a knife, I pare things with it in my right hand, but prefer to use a more speedy swivel peeler in my left hand! I think a lot of things that were interfered with when I was young have left me clumsy and confused in carrying out certain tasks.

    • Laurie says:

      I believe we are all ambidextrous. I’ve heard many times that you are either right handed or ambidextrous. I mean try to start or shift your car with your left hand–at least in the USA!

  13. joan says:

    I went to Catholic school where penmenship was a major subject. I struggled with making circles in the wrong direction and many days went home crying. My mother went to school to talk to the teacher (a nun) and she was able to help me by slanting the paper I was writing on to the left. (The bottom left corner is pointing at my middle). You would never know I am left handed looking at my writing. I taught school for many years and gave the left handed students 5 points extra just for taking the test. When the right handed students complaimed it was unfair I simply said “Welcome to our world”. I read that left handers score lower (5-10 points) on a written IQ test vs a vebal. The take away is lefties should think the answer first, process it and then write it.
    Writing and thinking at the same time doesn’t work as well.

    • Declan says:

      Pretty patronising to give left handed people extra marks for just completing a test. I’m left handed and don’t beleive for a second that it has anything to do with how smart you are. Get a grip.

    • Tricia says:

      I think you should have thought through and processed before writing this post! Giving extra marks just for being left-handed is likely to cause justified resentment among right-handed pupils. As for the statistics – don’t believe everything you read.

    • Laurie says:

      Wow extra points for being a lefty? No wonder why we get picked on! Plus if you slant the paper so the lower right hand corner is pointing to you middle, you won’t have a “hook”.

  14. Peta says:

    Hi, I’m a true lefty who was taught to use my right hand when I started school – I still use my left hand for most things (eating. sports, hobbies, etc) I have always had difficulties with reversing things (am in my mid 30’s and have to think about where left and right are) and had to attend ‘special classes’ in primary school to try ‘get it right’, although I excel at most things I do battle with numbers and direction- I now have two very intelligent daughters, 3.5 years and 18 months old, the older one is definitely a lefty and the younger one prefers her left hand to the right. I feel a bit anxious about how they will manage throughout their lives and would like to know if there are ways to help them now so they don’t battle at school later. My eldest daughter is like a sponge at the moment and craves ‘school time’ but reverses all of her letters. Any suggestions?

    • Marie says:

      My left-handed son did the same thing. Reversing numbers is normal for toddlers and pre-schoolers. My son did it longer than usual and they thought he was dyslexic, but he was just catching up to the right-handers who learn faster. The good news is that lefties tend to be more genius, my son is able to do algebra in his head without pen and paper and knows the answer without writing it down. Let the little ones learn and grow it will work out for the best. Lefties are differently-abled but very intelligent.

  15. claire says:

    when I was just learning to write, I write from right to left, all the letters spelled backwards and written backwards, like you’d need a mirror to read it. No joke. I remember having difficulties in writing the letters properly, oh and it was also the same with numbers.

  16. TRISHA says:

    My dad and three out of six of his siblings are left-handed. My aunt in my mother’s side is also left-handed so is my grandfather. And I don’t know who else in our family tree is left-handed. It runs in my blood! :))

    • Tricia says:

      You are fortunate! Neither of my parents were left-handed, nor any near relative as far as I know. I remain left-handed despite dogged determination from parents and teachers alike who thought they knew best.

    • Patricia says:

      Many of the older members of my family were either leftys or ambidextrerous. In my family, 3 of my 4 girls, and 1 son out of 7, are left-handed. I don’t know how many grandchildren, because I don’t see most of them. Of the 2 that live in my house, 1 is left-handed. Growin up, 7 of my 15 first cousins were left-handed. I really thought it was fairly normal, at least at home.

  17. cheri says:

    well, i married a muslim man. He insists that i eat and write with my right hand. because that is the way of “the profit” .
    He is Egyptian and i am american. So i made a deal with him. when i write in arabic ( funny squiggly lines and all) i will do it with my right hand and he leaves me alone to write english with my left. Eatting well have been able to use right hand doing that since my first child… 18 yrs ago wanted to be held when i was eatting food.
    I am the only lefty in the family- cousins and nephews included.
    Everything i learned how to do was by right handed people.
    But I never felt like i needed to leave my job or was i “let go” because i was left handed.
    I think that is horrible and I know that it is not allowed in the states to do that – of course they can pick at other things but just not that type of discrimination.
    sorry i went on and on.
    just remember usually there is a compromise
    most stuff is right handed because most of the people in the world are right handed.
    pity but true

    • Kaitlyn says:

      i know how that feels. i am the only lefty in my family including cousins only my aunt was left handed but i never knew her so i had to learn to do a lot of things with my right hand and its not fair especially that you were let go of your job. but we all deal with these things right?

    • Tricia says:

      I left a job once because I was discriminated against for being left-handed. It was in the early 70s in north London, and I was young and inexperienced and not able to stand up for myself. When we came in in the morning we had to sign on using an antiquated machine with a heavy, stiff lever on the left-hand side. A metal plate would then roll back revealing white paper to sign on with the time stamped next to your signature. If I was lucky, I could ask someone to hold back the lever while I signed with my left hand, but often as not there was no one there to help. Despite my explanations, I was frequently chastised for being late when I hadn’t been, and luncheon vouchers, which were part of my wages, were withheld. A clumsy right-handed signature was not acceptable because it didn’t match my usual one on file. This daily unpleasantness caused me to resign. It couldn’t happen nowadays.

  18. Liz says:

    This one is about games!
    At school in the sixties no-one went to the trouble of providing left-handed equipment. I played hockey pretty well with a right-handed stick (the playing side of the stick is flat and the other side is curved so the stick is not reversible) but I played tennis with the raquet in my left hand since it’s not biased. I never encountered any prejudice about my left preference but my parents had made it very clear they wouldn’t tolerate any interference with my choice in that respect.

    • Hayley says:

      I am still at school and I’ve had a few similar problems, also, I have a friend that went to university (college) and when she was there all the desks were designed so righties could write with their hand resting, of course this meant lefty’s couldn’t rest their hands on the desk, as there was nothing to rest it on! It’s problem that’s been fixed mostly now, though 😀 And with regards to sport and games, sometimes it can be helpful, when we were doing lecross and fencing, I got one on one attention as I was the only lefty, so it made it easier to learn 🙂

  19. Sheila says:

    Is it a myth or is it true that left handed people have a shorter lifespan?

  20. Ganna says:

    Hello Beautiful Lefthanded People:
    Just remember when people don’t understand something or they have to put a little more effort or work in accommodating a person that sees or does things differently, they call that person weird or out of the norm. It is easier for them to do that, rather than just to make a little adjustment, it is their lose and ignorance. Please stay incourage. No I am not lefthanded, when I write I am made fun of because I am always told that I write like a lefthanded person whatever that means. I came across this site looking for information for my grandson. He is four years old and he is a lefty. When he was about six months old we discovered that he was lefthanded. Concerning his education things were fine until they wanted to put him in kindergarden, but he would not write his name or anything for that matter and everything else he is above average in. We thought he was just being lazy and was dyslexic, until I started keeping him and I came across this site and we found out that everything we have been trying to teach him has been for righthanded people and he feels awkward. After watching some videos, we discoverd my grandson is not dyslexic he just need lefthanded products that is comfort for him to learn with. I would like some information on how I can help him in his learning, how to teach him. I would appreciate any help and/or suggestion you may have to give. Thank you for this site and helping us to understand our love one in being a lefty. REMEMBER LEFTHANDERS KEEPS THE WORLD BALANCED.

    • Larry says:

      Gana….a right handed person can teach a lefty by facing him/her. Your right hand is on his/her left side and they learn by watching. This doesn’t work too well for teaching writing, obviously. Lol

  21. Carole Gallagher says:

    Not sure if this is the right forum (or should that be left) to be writing in, but us lefties definitely are different than our right handed brothers and sisters. I am totally left sided and all through life have been considered clumsy. In my opinion I’m not, left to my own devices I am not at all clumsy tho input righthanded people…. well …… Get this tho, things go so bad (I worked in the local University) my office manager was doing research and gave everyone observational tests to do. Everyone in the office was a rightie – except me. Guess whose test came back radically different from everyone elses 🙂 That would be fine but it got out of control, i laughed it off and returned all the leftie jokes with – well at least I can think outside the box. The result of this, well after having worked at the same place for 10 years – it was decided by the powers that be that I was far too different (also have epilepsy – which upon research I have found out that quite a high percentage of people with epilepsy are lefties). The epilepsy is well controlled but it was put to me that both my left handedness and Epilepsy caused too much of a problem. In fact the lefthandedness caused more 🙂 I was sent for Psychological assessments – and on the Away Day was put on the table with disabled people!!!!! I have since left the University. And I thought the days of “She’s a Witch – Burn Her” had gone 🙂

    • Tina says:

      Carole,
      just wanted to let you know that there are some of us out here listening! I think your story sucks! makes you wonder what people like that are really thinking about us lefties! it seems to me that some treat us like we are going to give them some kind of dieses or something! Should there be a law for us that says that treating us like they did you should be discrimination? anyway to let you know that i feel that they did you a favor in the long run because that is just one more thing that proves that us lefties are right in how we feel people look and feel about us.
      Hope things have worked out better for you.
      Tina

      • ceegee says:

        Hi Tina

        Thanks for that, yeah it sucks, but heh life goes on 🙂 Now my life is really good, I have jumped off the pavement and have now moved on with my life, doing something that I really want to do. I got into administration by default really, and personally, for me it doesnt work, far too structured towards righties 🙂 Nothing wrong with righties at all just it would appear that things are geared towards them. I believe that to a certain extent we do tend to look at things differently but that isnt wrong, just adds to the mix.
        Yes I have moved on and decided not to conform I decided to move on and do something I really feel is more geared towards me and my strengths. Life is good and I can be totally me. The totally left sided, ‘cack-handed’ (lovely expression) me 🙂 To be fair most people take into account us lefties and it is never an issue, just an interesting difference. As a point of interest, both my ex-husband and I are lefties, our daughter is a rightie, fun and games bringing her up and trying to teach her all the rudimentary things we learn in life, tieing shoes laces, using scissors, stuff like that. She is now partially ambidextrous and loves it 🙂 I remember when I was small, my right handed parents trying to teach me thing, Oooh when my mum tried to teach me to knit!! 🙂 My mum and dad both remembered lefties when they were at school and how they had their left hands tied behind their backs to make them “write properly” Obviously they didnt try to enforce that with me. Looking through this site I came across all the words for us Lefties, my parents are both from Ireland and they affectionately called me a “kitter” when I was little and were actually quite proud of the fact that I was ‘different’.

        Thanks for responding Tina

    • Jeanne says:

      I’m a lefties also and had siezures after I cracked my skul in an accident. Most of my friends are also lefties, not on purpose. I do think we are more creative. I tie my shoes backwards someone pointed this out to me and said I must have had a right handed parent teach me how to tie my shoes.

      • Lucy says:

        I have a good answer to the shoelace problem – my mum taught my right handed sister to tie her shoes sitting on her lap, and taught me sitting facing her so that it was a mirror image 🙂

    • Shannon says:

      When I was growing up, I was so fortunate to come from a family of lefties. But when I was at school or out in public, I was “clumsy.” It’s hard for right handed society to understand that a lefty moves in the opposite direction than righties. Now I am again fortunate to work in an small office for a boss who is also a lefty. A secretary from a neighboring office watched my boss and I moving around in my small office, from computer to filing cabinets, typewriter, desk, fax machine, etc. He was facinated that even in such close quarters (the room is on 12 ft by 15 ft) we never ran into each other. She complained that when she and her officemate (she is lefty & works with a righty) were constantly running into each other. The right brain causes us to move in one direction and the left brain the opposite. One of the reasons I love my job is that the boss & I naturally understand each other from a lefty’s point of view. Harmony in the work place.

  22. Sue Patrick says:

    I was just thinking the same thing Debbie!
    On the other hand, I can’t think of any games to do with us lefties.
    Does anyone else know then?

  23. debbie white says:

    how can i put comments in any of these if there is nothing to look at?

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