How to Determine if Your Child is Left or Right Handed | Backup Care


How to Determine if Your Child is Left or Right Handed | Backup Care

  • Indicators for Hand Dominance
  • For the most part, babies start off using both hands to do things and preference for one hand or the other seldom manifests before seven to nine months of age. Even then, the preference may not necessarily be permanent.
  • Usually around two years of age there is steady use of one hand in particular, but some four- to six-year-olds may still be ambivalent regarding a dominant hand.
  • Often, parents will assume that the hand with which the child catches or throws a ball is the dominant hand, but that isn’t always the case. More accurate indicators include observation of which hand the child uses to reach for items that are placed directly in front of him, or the hand she uses to feed herself.
  • If she stirs things counter-clockwise, she is most likely left-handed.
  • Which hand does he use for grooming?  These everyday tasks are more accurate in predicting the handedness of your child.
  • Trying to change your child’s dominant hand may lead to frustration since it is a trait determined by genetics and the brain, and is not recommended despite the prevalence of the practice in generations past.

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Parents are the most reliable experts on their own children.

                As a society, we have given over so much to institutions and experts. We rely on them to teach academics, sex, drugs, death education, consumer education, conflict resolution, and more. Those needs that are not filled in school are fair game for willing entrepreneurs who will teach our kids sewing, cooking, woodworking, babysitting, manners, or study skills—for a fee. The actual cost is dollars, lost family time, and loss of control over our children.

               In light of increasing youth violence, many writers have commented on family time and its value. A recent Wall Street Journal article reports:

               A discussion group of Maine adults was organized by pollster Peter D. Hart to explore declining values. Just what, specifically, are they concerned about? One huge problem, they say, is that family routines have broken down. “It used to be, you came home from school, and an hour and a half later you all sat down and ate dinner. Then you watched one show on TV and did your homework,” says Nancy Thompson, a middle-aged telephone operator. “You had a Sunday afternoon dinner. There’s none of that today. It’s all haphazard.” The consequences are serious: lack of involvement by parents in the lives of their children.… In a nationwide survey of 2,011 adults last week by Mr. Hart and Robert Teeter for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, a whopping 83 percent of the respondents said that lack of involvement in their children’s lives is a “very serious problem” facing society.

Life Skills For Kids: Equipping Your Child For The Real World

by Christine M. Field



I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. ~ 3 John 4