International Lefty Day


Today is International Left Handed Day, which to 3/4 of the population who is right-handed probably means nothing. But as the mother of a lefty, I’m quite fascinated with handedness and am glad to use this day to increase awareness of issues lefties face.

We knew Finn was going to be a lefty when he was around 2 years old. The pediatrician said you can’t really tell until age 3, but from the beginning he threw balls with his left hand, batted baseballs left-handed, and colored more with this left hand than with his right. He used his left hand more than his right for eating. There was no doubt to us that he was left-handed.

Handedness is genetic, yet Hubby and I are both righties. However my dad is somewhat ambidextrous — he can do some things with both hands but is primarily right-handed for tasks like writing and left-handed for other things like basketball or golf. The likely truth is that he was supposed to be left-handed but grew up in a time when parents and teachers made kids be right-handed. So he learned to do things with his right-hand but his natural tendency is to do things with his left-hand.

So below are several books, articles, and sites that I think are cool for lefties or parents of lefties.

The Left-Hander Syndrome: The Causes and Consequences of Left-Handedness

This book has quite a bit of technical information about how the brain works, trying to understand the phenomenon of handedness, looking at the history of handedness. It’s estimated that more than 1/3 of the world’s population could be left handed if it was more acceptable and if products were more easier for lefties to use.

Loving Lefties: How to Raise Your Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World

This one focuses on how to help your lefty function in a world made for righties. We righties don’t even realize how many things are made for right-handers nor how difficult it is for a lefty to adapt to a right-handed product. Often it’s not as simple as just using it in the opposite hand. One of the things that stood out from this book was how things like powertools and cars are made for righties and how much extra precautions might be needed for lefties. Finn is not using powertools are driving cars yet, of course, but I didn’t even realize those things were made with any “hand” in mind.

Do The Left Thing – Happy Left-Handers’ Day!

A Geekdad article about being a lefty.

Lefty’s

IMG_0836A store in San Francisco that sells cool stuff for lefties — practical stuff like scissors and spiral notebooks with the spiral on the right side (think about it), but also fun stuff like backwards rulers and backwards clocks. I had the cool opportunity to shop at a Lefty’s last year, but if San Francisco is too far away, you can order online too.

Anything Left Handed

I have no personal experience with this store but the Geekdad article recommended it. It’s a UK site so if you’re in the U.S. make sure you click “US visitors” at the top to get the list of U.S. items.

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