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The effects of making a left-hander write right-handed

Natural left-handers should always be left to develop in their own way and be allowed to write left-handed if that is their choice.   Forcing them to change hands and write right-handed can have very bad effects in later life as well as being traumatic at the time and ruining their handwriting!

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Forcing a left-hander to change and use their right hand for writing is a very bad thing to do – please don't do it!

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5 comments on “The effects of making a left-hander write right-handed
  1. Rebekah Barker says:

    I am a left handed person. My parents of course knew that when the put me in pre-school at the age of 4. When i started and my teachers discovered that i was left handed i believe i was the only one in my class, they tried to switch me to being right handed. My parents thankfully fought it twice and they finally let me be! Not saying that its been easy being left handed, i work in a car factory and everything there is designed for right handed people, but i am thankful for being left handed and glad that no one succeeded on forcing me to be something im not!

  2. Anthony Strefford says:

    I am right handed but have two brothers and 2 sisters who are left handed. My parents were right handed and so is my wife. However our two children are left handed and in every case with the left handed group they all started using their left hand at the earliest opportunity in their young. they did not just decide to right left handed just as I didn’t decide to use my right hand.
    With regards to my children, they were given pieces of paper and a set of coloured pencils and allowed them to scribble – young children do at first – and they both used their left hand. No mystery, they just did it! The Benjemites of the Old Testament were a left handed tribe of Israel, if my memory serves me correctly and were expert archers!!

  3. Hannele says:

    When I was attending a Catholic School in my grade school years, so many times I got my hand slapped with a ruler for using my left hand. I still used it, but, oh was it ever painful. One teacher tried to break my left hand when I wouldn’t stop writing with it or raising my left hand, only another student stopped him from trying. All that hand slapping sure affected my gpa. I was so glad I didn’t have to attend a Catholic high school. In the public school system my grades excelled and I got to use my left hand without being punished for using it.

  4. Paul Hutchins says:

    We have the Roman Catholic Church to thank for this. Apparantly the left hand was called the Hand of the Devil and anyone who wrote with their left hand was classed a Child of Satan. Could it be that it was also seen as a sign of
    questioning the establishment.

    • Anthony Strefford says:

      Paul,
      Read my explanation written earlier. The catholic church had nothing to do with whether a person wrote left or right handed.

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