I am  very  passionate of the roles of families in the development of children.


The world we are in today is by default, designed for right-handed people. In other words, the current design of the world is unfavourable to people that are left-handed.
In African culture, people believe that when you shake hands with your left hand you are not wishing the other person well.
People also believe that a left-handed child is a vessel of misfortune.
People believe that the use of left hand is associated with bad manners.
Left-handed children are snapped at and beaten to pressure them to adopt right hand style of writing.
A friend told me of her son (left-handed) who was punished because he picked up his teacher’s book with his left hand.
According to Anslie (2010),left handed children are generally right brain dominant, meaning they are often more creative, emotional and think holistically. Chyde (2010), isolated a gene called LRRTM that contributes to left-handedness, stating that it can be inherited.
Many left-handed children have been encouraged or forced to write, perform activities with their right hands due to cultural and social pressures. This conversion could cause multiple problems in the developing left- handed child, including learning disorders, dyslexia, stuttering and other speech disorders (Meng, 2007).
Ordinarily, parenting a left-handed child should be as normal as parenting a right-handed child. However, it is a challenge because at home a child would be snapped at and told not to eat with left hand against his own default setting.
In school, he would be harassed and told not to write with his left hand, when in fact that is his more powerful hand.
According to Morris (2018), trying to change a left-handed child to a right handed person is a form of instalmental death.
New research suggest that left-handed children often perform better than right-handed children at fast or difficult activities that involve lots of information or stimuli.
Anything natural is
always the ultimate.
We should help our children to discover and express themselves, instead of always trying to change them.
You should help your left-handed child (if any) build his/her self esteem.
Let the child know how awesome and unique he/she is. Being left-handed is not a crime or a disability.
We need to correct this notion that left-handedness is abnomal because it is absolutely not.
According to Gbenga (2018), the following great men and women are some of the prominent left handed people:
  • Leonardo da vinci
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Bill Clinton
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Diego Maradonna
  • Barack Obama
  • Whoopie Goldberg
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • To mention just a few.
Back in Nigeria –
  • Funke Akindele
  • Desmond Elliot
  • Babatunde Fashola
  • Emeka Ike
and so on, are all left-handed people making waves in entertainment and political terrains (Gbenga, 2018).
Don’t ever try to force your left-handed children to write with their right hand. Allow their natural preference to take precedence because that is where their strength lies.

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