Enjoying the Motherhood Journey - Care to join me on the ride?

Enjoying the Motherhood Journey - Care to join me on the ride?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Raychel and her left hand

Raychel has been developing her fine motor skills without any complications - however we have noticed that she favours her left hand more than her right to feed, colour, grab any items, etc. I don't think is a big issue, since both her maternal grandfather, 2nd cousin William and great-grandfather are lefty's, but Ray fears that she will face challenges in the world b/c it's designed for righty's only. I think this fear also is naturally engrained from a past stigma b/c society would not accept left-handed people and would force them in some shape or form to use their right hand. Either way, Raychel's left hand is a lot stronger and easier for her to use than her right and we should just encourage her to be herself.

Interesting facts:
  • Experts say that parents won't be able to determine true right- or left-handedness until a child is 2 or 3 years old, when a child begins to favor the same hand consistently.
  • Also, some children may be ambidextrous (using both hands equally) until they're 5 or 6, when they finally make a choice.
  • Lastly, hand dominance is greatly influenced by genetics. So, if both parents are left-handed, your child has a 45 to 50 percent chance of being left-handed as well (about 10 percent of people are left-handed).

Raychel's lefty behaviour could be temporary - who knows? And if she is a lefty - that's okay too.

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