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Anyone have a right-handed child who holds a knife in their left hand?

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tumbletumble Fri 21-Nov-14 20:48:02

DD is just 7. She is right handed, not just for writing but for everything else, no sign of being ambidextrous in any other area. I've been telling her to hold her knife in her right hand for years, but it's suddenly occurred to me that maybe I'm in the wrong?

MrsPepperMintonCandyCane Fri 21-Nov-14 20:51:26

Me and my two DS hold the cutlery the wrong way round. It just works better that way for us.

ThatDamnedBitch Fri 21-Nov-14 20:54:35

Yes both my dds and DSD hold their knives in their left hands, forks in their right. All right handed. They say it works better for them that way. I used to correct them but now I think, why? They can eat however they want as long as they're not being rude. If anyone else has a problem with it, it's their problem.

SageMist Fri 21-Nov-14 20:55:05

My DS does. We were not sure if he was right or left handed until he was about 4. In everything else he's right handed and footed, but he has always eaten with a knife in his left hand. He's 30 now, so doubt he'll change.

RJnomore Fri 21-Nov-14 20:56:51

I do this.

I am ambidextrous but was encouraged towards right handed activity.

I'm 38.

carlywurly Fri 21-Nov-14 20:57:29

Both of mine do. Meanwhile, I'm left handed but hold the knife in my right. smile

tallulah Fri 21-Nov-14 22:03:48

My 7 yo does, but I'm not convinced she is actually right handed. She doesn't seem to have a preference.

HainaultViaNewburyPark Fri 21-Nov-14 22:05:50

Im right handed and definitely not ambidextrous. Yet I open jars and bottles as if I'm left handed.

Allstoppedup Fri 21-Nov-14 22:06:30

I do this too. I've always been ambidextrous but as previous poster said I was encouraged to use my right hand.

Pixa Fri 21-Nov-14 22:07:29

I do this, definitely not ambidextrous. It's not really an issue though.

NickiFury Fri 21-Nov-14 22:09:47

I do, but I am not a child. Always have though. I used to get called "cack handed" at school and be forced to change over.

Muskey Fri 21-Nov-14 22:10:06

My DH does this and dd does as well

hazeyjane Fri 21-Nov-14 22:11:16

I do this, I can't eat the other way around. Definitely not ambidextrous though.

hugoagogo Fri 21-Nov-14 22:11:41

Dd says she eats the wrong way around, I have never really paid any attention to which hand people cut with.

Kahlua4me Fri 21-Nov-14 22:15:00

Both my dc do. We have always thought it was because I am left handed and they have simply copied me.

Have never heard of anyone else doing the same. Amazing what you learn on mumsnet!

Catsmamma Fri 21-Nov-14 22:15:08

dd is right handed for all things but cutlery, she can do either

ds1 is left handed for writing and will use a chopping knife left handed, but eats right handed, it was very obvious from him being very tiny that her favoured his left hand

ds2 right handed, eats right handed, I thought he'd be left handed like his brother, but he just seemed to learn to write with his right hand, and stuck to it

youbethemummylion Fri 21-Nov-14 22:15:26

DS1 does but is not ambidextrous I do it when I'm tired I think that's because I had it drummed into me the other way is right but actually I find it easier the 'wrong' way

Catsmamma Fri 21-Nov-14 22:16:40

ooh it's too late

she can do it eitherway, but prefers left/knife

and HIS favoured hand

<goes to bed>

FamiliesShareGerms Fri 21-Nov-14 22:18:26

DS insists on doing this - he has ambidextrous tendencies though

Roobix04 Fri 21-Nov-14 22:23:09

I do. I think it was learned behaviour from my mum who is left handed. At a friends house once when I was about 6/7 her dad forced me to switch hands and then grabbed my arms and sawed at my food. I was so upset I didn't even tell my mum till I was an adult. If your dc is able to do everything fine then just leave them to it.

Angelto5 Fri 21-Nov-14 22:24:00

I think whatever handed-ness you are it's quite common to do one thing different.

I am right handed but am left handed when I play snooker/pool.
My df is also right handed but left handed when playing cricket/rounders/baseball.

livelablove Fri 21-Nov-14 22:24:02

I am left handed for writing but do many things right handed, but sometimes I will choose my left hand for things others do right handed like picking up a heavy pan. But I can't swap hands whichever one is easiest I have to use.

redautumnleaves Fri 21-Nov-14 22:26:42

I am totally right handed but have always held my knife and fork 'the wrong way round'. (I have vivid memories of being told off by my grandparents for swapping my knife and fork over and being told to hold them the right way around.) It just feels more comfortable and natural the other way and if I try the right handed way it feels odd and a bit wobbly!

tumbletumble Sat 22-Nov-14 07:00:47

Interesting. Sounds like I should just leave her to it. Thanks everyone!

Woodenheart Sat 22-Nov-14 07:06:08

I do this also. Im right handed, & it feels so natural to use my right hand to guide food into my mouth.
It would drop everywhere if I used the left.
I also wear a watch on my right arm & have been told its 'wrong' shock

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