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right/left handed

My son is almost three and still uses both hands for coloring/eating/etc. When will he "pick" which hand he's going to use?

When did your child/ren settle on which hand they used?

(haha, we're not concerned, just interested) :)


Asked by bandgeek521 at 1:24 PM on Sep. 6, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • True hand dominance isn't established until around 5, until then, it's considered a hand preference. That said, I'm right handed all the everything. DH is left handed for writing, but bats, catches, shoots hoops, and throws a football right handed. I love your qualifier of you're interested, not concerned. lol That means you won't have a plethora of ppl telling you to have him evaluated by your dr immediately...well, we hope. LOL

    Answer by JawgaMom1 at 3:48 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • All 3 of my girls are ambidextrous (all 3 of my boys are right-handed) It's possible that he really won't choose, and will remain using both hands pretty equally.

    Answer by yoliplus6 at 1:27 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • probably by the time he is 5 or starting school he will have it all worked out.
    I am a lefty and 5 of my kids are right handed. Still waiting on 2 to decide. :)

    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 1:27 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • When they are ready. My boys are both ...

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:27 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • my youngest ds was left handed from the time he began feeding himself... about 15 mo.
    and my oldest ds was right handed about the same time

    Answer by Allisonmoymoy at 1:27 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • i use both.... but for writing i use my right hand cause most of my teachers were right handed when i was being taught to write when i was in 1st and 2nd grade

    Answer by pinkdena at 1:28 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • My kids have been right handed from babyhood. My sister is a lefty, the only one I know. I've heard that it's not genetic, but related to the factors in the intrauterine developmental environment. But who knows? Maybe it's both. Whatever the cause, left-hander brains have some structural differences.

    Answer by msaraann at 1:47 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • Both my husband and I are left handed. However, I only write with my left hand and everything else I do scissors, bat, throw etc are right handed. My son wrote with both hands up until preschool, which he now uses his right hand.

    Answer by mypoohbear at 4:45 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • Haha, we have a feeling he'll end up being left handed (we're both righties, with lefties in both of our families), but its so interesting to watch him go back and forth :)

    Comment by bandgeek521 (original poster) at 1:27 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • My son is also almost 3 and he uses both hands for alot of things

    Answer by noahsmommy12908 at 9:34 PM on Sep. 6, 2010