By now, you’ll almost certainly know whether your child aged three or four years old is left-handed or right-handed. Only a few children remain ambidextrous (able to use both hands competently) throughout their life.
If your child is a “leftie”, accept that there is nothing you can do about it at this stage in his development, says child psychologist, Dr Richard Woolfson.
Up to the age of 12 or 15 months, you might have gently encouraged him to use his right hand instead of his left if you felt very strongly about this issue.
Yet there should definitely be no attempts to discourage his left-handedness after that.
So forget about forcing him to use his right hand now that his left is dominant. This would only reduce his self-confidence and cause confrontation between you and him.
Some professionals claim that compelling a natural left-hander to become a right-hander could actually result in reading difficulties and possibly stammering because hand preference is controlled by the same part of the brain that is responsible for speech, writing and reading.
There is no need for you to worry about your child’s left-handedness anyway.
Although most people use their right hand for manual tasks (for instance, opening doors, cutting with a knife, holding a pair of scissors, lifting a cup, and so on), left-handedness is not a disadvantage in any way.
Here are some suggestions for you to help your left-handed child develop without difficulties.
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