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I don't understand?.....,
This review is from: Loving Lefties: How to Raise Your Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World (Paperback)
I am left-handed. My six year old daughter is too. My mother is, and my grandmother was (although, back in her days at school she was ofcourse forced to write right-handed). I have to admit I'm not exactly reviewing this book as I haven't read it, but I've just come across it on an amazon search while looking for a 'fun' book for lefties (interesting facts about the brian and so on - about why we're either left/right handed etc., that I once saw advertised). I just don't understand why anyone would need a book to tell them how to raise a left-handed child? I was under the impression that the concept that left-handedness was a problem was from my grandmother's era. From my own personal experience (including that of my Mum and my daughter) being left-handed has never been a problem (to any of us), it's just part of me - the same as the colour of my eyes etc. Has someone also written a book called 'Loving Ginger: How to Raise your red-headed child in a blonde/brunette world'? (Perhaps someone ought to - as the colour of a child's hair is far more noticable to other children than which hand they use to write with....!!!!!!) I guess I felt compelled to write this 'review' for any one who has come across this book who has an up-until-now completely right-handed family and have discovered their little child is left-handed. Don't read this title and panic that left-handedness is a potential disability that requires the information contained in this book in order for you to cope with life ahead, or that a lefty may be hard to love, or may need to be raised in any way different to anyone else. I guess if which hand a person uses the most is a big issue to you, go ahead and buy this book. Or, I suppose, if you are someone who has been brought up to wrongly believe that lefties are an oddity (you may incidentally be interested to know that approximately one in ten children are left-handed) - this book may perhaps comfort you with the information you need to get over the 'shock' that you have a left-handed child. I've gone through the last 35 years of life as a 'lefty' pretty much trouble free (completely trouble-free if you're only counting things to do with left-handedness), I have neat hand-writing (I tilt my paper rather than do the twisty hand thingy that some lefties do - but some of them have equally neat handwriting), am artistic, can play the piano and touch-type (using both hands as normally as a righty), and got good grades at school, (and I eat with my knife and fork the same as everyone else). I was useless at sport - but probably slightly better than my sister (who's right-handed) - so I think that's more to do with a genetic lack of sporting talent in my family than anything else! My daughter's progress at school, especially with reading and writing is above average for her age. I guess when being 'left-handed in a right-handed world' is all us lefties have ever known it's perfectly normal; to be right-handed in a right-handed world would seem extremely strange!
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2008 16:06:17 GMT
S. Daly says:
This review was really helpful to me as my daughter is left-handed and all my family including myself are right-handed. She recently started school and has had no problems. I wondered however, should I get a book or something to see if I needed to educate myself on left-handedness. Having read this I think not, left-handed or right handed obviously makes no difference. Thanks!!
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