Anyone got children who are left handed or left handed themselves?

(57 Posts)
MUM2BLESS Mon 01-Oct-12 13:17:20

I have four kids. Two right handed and two left handed.

I found it really fascinating when I realised two were left handed. I noticed today that there is a left handed club you can join.

I know it seems a bit tricky to write with your left hand without smudging, any tips please

What left handed equipment would you recommend?

As a righted person I appreciate any ideas and suggestions.

Ineedalife Mon 01-Oct-12 17:19:43

I have 3 Dd's and 2 of them are left handed. I am allegedly right handed but can use either for everything except writing.

The Dd's use left handed scissors and Dd3 uses a left handed stabilo pen.
Dd3 has hypermobile joints and motor issues so writing is hard for her but Dd1 has lovely writing. They have both been taught to turn their paper.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 01-Oct-12 17:29:01

I'm left handed as is DD. have never bought anything left handed for me but will definitely buy her some scissors when the time comes !
Paper at an angle and writing with roller ball or gel pens works best for me.

StellaAndFries Mon 01-Oct-12 17:33:44

DD4 is left handed, it was noticeable from an early age much before her right handed sisters. Both me and dp are right handed but both our dads are lefties. I haven't even thought about special equipment yet, at preschool she uses any scissors and pencils or crayons. Perhaps when she starts school next September I'll have to buy some different bits for her.

Both myslef and my DS are left handed. We both use normal scissors and everything else. We just turn our papers 45 degrees to write down the page, instead of across it.

FriskyMarkCavendish Mon 01-Oct-12 17:51:16

Both DH and I are left handed and to our great disappointment, both DC are right handed.
I write, eat and sew left handedly.
I play sport knit and use scissors in my right hand.
I peel carrots with my right hand then swap to my left to chop.

I'm a bit weird

gwenniebee Mon 01-Oct-12 17:55:01

I am a leftie, as is DH. I shall be interested to see which hand DD favours. I actually don't do anything different from righties that I know of - I don't use LH scissors (can't, actually, as I learnt to cut with RH ones) and I don't use a special pen/hold my paper at a particular angle - although as a teacher I do teach children to angle the page differently. The only things I find particularly annoying are cheque books (on the rare occasions I use them) and rulers. The only thing I actively do differently is address postcards before writing them!

winnybella Mon 01-Oct-12 17:57:32

DS (10) is left handed, although perhaps ambidextrous would be a better term as he writes with left hand, but uses scissors etc with right one. Never even thought to buy him special equipment blush

5madthings Mon 01-Oct-12 18:14:05

You can get left handed cheque books! Just ask your bank smile

whogivesaduck1 Mon 01-Oct-12 18:45:20

vicar i have never met anyone else that moves the paper round! i turn it from portrait to landscape, but write down it so that when it is portrait way up it looks normal.

I have not got any lefty things, but one thing that drives me mad is the spine on binders- you always have to leave a gap!

Fleecy Mon 01-Oct-12 18:49:18

I am left handed and never had any special equipment. I also turn my paper slightly when writing.

I can only think of two inconvenient things. Firstly, whenever you have to sign something they always pass it to you as though you were right handed and you have to turn it (signing for a parcel or giving your details when returning something in a shop). Secondly, eating pudding with a spoon and fork. Just not possible for me smile

Fleecy Mon 01-Oct-12 18:50:45

5madthings - I didn't know you were both lefties. None of my three are - perhaps that's where I've gone wrong. Should have had another couple to improve my chances!

MUM2BLESS Mon 01-Oct-12 18:52:41

Wow what an amazing response. Thank you everyone.

I will let my daughter see this.

Year ago I know L H people were not treated as they should be. Thank God times have moved on.

Lozario Mon 01-Oct-12 18:56:22

I'm left handed and DS is also left handed - when we found out, FIL said to me "did you do that on purpose?"! hmm I still get the odd wrinkle-nosed "oh, I didn't know you're left-handed!" comment now and then, anyone else?
I really like being a leftie. I've always turned the page to avoid smudging too. DD and DH are both right-handed and I have much better handwriting than DH
I play guitar right-handed but that's it, everything else is left! grin

Lozario Mon 01-Oct-12 18:58:31

Oh I have my cutlery the "normal" way too - some people swap my fork and knife for me on hearing I'm left handed but I find it much easier eating with fork in left hand. In fact I've often wondered how right-handed people manage with fork in left - I would definitely struggle the other way around!

PiedWagtail Mon 01-Oct-12 19:08:56

My 5yo ds is a leftie. Left-handed scissors are essential. I also got him pencil grips - little rubber things that slide on to your pencil and you rest your fingers/thumbs in the right place - help to improve pencil grip. Get him to turn his paper to the side too when writing, not try to have it at 90 degrees to the edge of the table. That way he doesn't smudge what he's writing. He doesn;'t have any other special equipment.

Me and DH are both RH as is our DS. DH's identical twin DD's, one is RH, the younger is LH. It's the only non-identical thing about them grin We have always had left handed scissors in the house for her, but that's about it.

But the weird thing is they both eat the wrong way around. The RH twin eats with fork in RH, knife in LH and the LH twin with fork in LH, knife in RH. They don't get the using the knife in your strongest hand thing. But I think it's a family trait as DH eats as if he is LH when he is RH.

sashh Tue 02-Oct-12 07:13:33

Depending on the age.

To open a bottle of wine, put the corkscrew in the top and then turn the bottle and hold the corkscrew still.

NeedlesCuties Tue 02-Oct-12 09:28:32

What age is a reliable age to know if DC in right or left handed?

DS is 2.8 years old and mainly uses left hand - when colouring, using his fork and when throwing a ball. He also kicks with his left foot. I have seen him use his right hand sometimes, but mainly left.

Both DH & I are right handed.

Do you think DS could change, or is this all really a sign he's left handed.

I don't mind either way, but I'm curious!

LizLemon007 Tue 02-Oct-12 11:53:12

Well, I knew very early. I remember looking at my son pick up his cake with his left hand (at his first birthday). then when he'd finished he picked up the bowl with his left hand and licked it, pointed at the rest of the cake with his left hand.. I knew, but people told me it was too early to know!

lljkk Tue 02-Oct-12 12:03:16

Needles: I was convinced that yr4DS was RH until he was 3.5yo, he didn't settle on which hand to write with (Left) until... middle or end of yr1? I am 99% sure DS-reception will be LH, but occasionally he does something comfortably with his right.

SuperSesame Tue 02-Oct-12 12:09:40

As a leftie, I'm noticing more things are for right-handed people as I get older. Cash points for instance, have the card slots on the right which is more awkward for lefties to reach.
Its only lately when I'm looking for it that I'm noticing it.
In college, those desks with the table attached were always designed for right-handed users.
I could never use a fountain pen.
I've got a left-handed kitchen scissors which my DH finds occassionaly and has wanted to chuck because "it doesn't work properly". Most kitchen utensils "don't work properly" for me, leave me with my bloody scissors!

noddyholder Tue 02-Oct-12 12:10:46

Ds and dp both left handed.

lynniep Tue 02-Oct-12 12:15:23

I am left handed for writing, but predominantly right handed. I always turn the paper when writing - never had any issues. Have never needed any left handed equipment, although my step sisters is 'properley' left handed and found the scissors a godsend!

BerryLellow Tue 02-Oct-12 12:41:50

DS1 is LH and DS2 is RH - no other lefties in the family. It only occurred to me last year to ask DS1's teacher if they had equipment for him, and he'd been at school for two years by then blush

He eats like a RH though hmm

MUM2BLESS Tue 02-Oct-12 19:13:08

Great response everyone

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