Lefties: Helping a Left-Handed CHild Succeed

Child using a pencil with their left hand

If you are a right-handed person, you may never realize how many tiny aspects of everyday life are more difficult for left-handed children. That is, unless you have a child who is a leftie. 

Our world is built for right-handedness. Here are a few examples:

Swiping a credit card is always on the right side of the machine. Styluses and pens are always attached to the right side of the writing surface. 

The flap that covers the zipper on most jeans blocks easy access from the left hand. 

When holding a measuring cup with the left hand, you are often reading metric measurements and might have a more difficult time seeing the “cup” and “ounce” measurements on the other side. 

Spiral notebooks and three-ring binders make it almost impossible for lefties to lay their arms flat on the page to write normally. The rings are constantly pressed against their skin, making it extremely uncomfortable.

Manual can-openers are extremely difficult for lefties to use due to their design (give it a try!).

Car cup holders are on the right side of the driver.

The number pad on computer keyboards is positioned on the right.

When lefties use scissors, they have to put their thumb in the bigger hole and cram their fingers into the smaller hole. Not comfortable!

I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

Tips and Tricks:

Luckily, there are a ton of great products that are made specifically for lefties and can make their day to day lives a little easier! Here are a few products we recommend for left-handed children:

We hope these products make your child’s life a little easier. Don’t forget to let your leftie know how special and wonderful it is that they can use their left hand so skillfully! Let us know if we missed anything in the comments below!

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