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    Quote Originally Posted by tootiredtosleep View Post

    Although many years ago when I was in primary school (80's) they sat all us lefties on the one table so we didn't bump arms with the righties when writing. I don't think schools would do that anymore though.
    I remember only being able to sit in certain spots in primary school so I didn't bump the right handers. I was in yr 6 in 1997. I was gonna say it's not that long ago but it's 16 years!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mopoke View Post
    I remember only being able to sit in certain spots in primary school so I didn't bump the right handers. I was in yr 6 in 1997. I was gonna say it's not that long ago but it's 16 years!!
    I remember that too! I always had to sit at the left end of the table etc... i had forgotten about that!

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    I'm a leftie & it doesn't affect me. The only problem I had was at primary school where they never had any left-handed scissors when we were doing craft & the teacher was mean & just said 'well you'll have to learn to use right-handed ones then' as though it was my fault. So I did. So now I write with my left-hand & use scissors with my right hand - I can't use scissors with my left hand anymore, I tried.

    Plus I'm pretty ambidexturous from sailing, where you can't really have a dominant hand so you learn pretty quickly to use both hands equally.

    So I guess if you really think your child should change they probably can, but I don't see why. That's just who they are.

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    I'm a leftie and my mum said I was very obviously left handed from a young age (under 1). I thought DS1 was going to be the same but he switched his preference around 2 and now writes well with his right hand.

    I found things like cutting tricky (but I had poor fine motor skills anyway) and my mum tried to teach me how to knit once - bad idea!

    Lefties are pretty awesome

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    I'm a leftie and so is DS. DS was born left dominant, it was very obvious very early on to the point our pead ordered a brain scan just to check he did not have any form of brain injury. It does not cause him any problems, at 9 he can now angle his school books so he does not smudge his writing

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    Another leftie here. Mostly no issues except for the usual minor annoyances, like at school there were never enough left handed catcher's mitts/golf clubs, and at uni there were only ever a couple of those stupid desk-attached-to-chair type things for lefties. And spiral bound books are a nightmare. I've always had heaps of trouble with scissors, but my eight year-old students taught me last year that I was putting my thumb in the wrong hole. Sigh.

    ETA: ooh! But I can write perfectly both backwards and forwards with my left hand. Awesome trick for impressing youngsters.

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    I have a leftie. I suspected she was from about 6 months old when she would always reach for things with her left.

    Times have changed, being a leftie isn't a bad thing anymore. The only annoying thing for DD is that she can't use the spined note books (the ones with the metal down the middle) bc she has to sit her hand on it when she starts on the left of the page.

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    I'm a leftie. In my dad's day he was forced to use his right but when I went to school there no problem with being a leftie.......ecxept ring binders, right handed scissors and smudging your own pencil. Let her use which ever hand she is more natural with. My dd seems to be right handed but left footed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I have a leftie. I suspected she was from about 6 months old when she would always reach for things with her left.

    Times have changed, being a leftie isn't a bad thing anymore. The only annoying thing for DD is that she can't use the spined note books (the ones with the metal down the middle) bc she has to sit her hand on it when she starts on the left of the page.
    I adapted my writing style for this reason and put my book on more and more of an angle. .... now it is pretty much at right angles to me when I'm writing. But I'm not a freak, contrary to some of the looks and comments I get.


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