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DO left-handed chil­dren face more chal­lenges than righthanded kids in a world built for right­ies? Or is it just mar­ket­ing spiel to con­vince par­ents to buy prod­ucts made for left­ies?

If you ob­serve the older gen­er­a­tion with their grand­chil­dren, you will no­tice them cor­rect­ing tod­dlers as soon as the chil­dren start reach­ing out for a pen­cil with the left hand. In the past, and some­times even to­day, there is the per­cep­tion that left­ies face a chal­lenge with tools and writ­ing.

We are told that left­ies find it hard to use right-handed scis­sors, blades, com­puter mice, etc.

Be­fore you head over to the lo­cal left­ies shop, ask your left­handed friends for ad­vice. It might save you some money.

Speak­ing to sev­eral left­ies, the con­sen­sus was that they have no prob­lems us­ing the scis­sors, blade, mouse or other tools. They don’t have a prob­lem writ­ing or us­ing tools, ei­ther.

Pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Eric Lee says the pref­er­ence for the right hand is part of the Asian cul­ture. This is true when it comes to giv­ing, re­ceiv­ing, eat­ing and drink­ing; it is con­sid­ered rude and wrong to do so with your left hand which is re­served for toi­let hy­giene.

ParenThots ex­plores the topic of left-hand­ed­ness and pro­vides tips for par­ents try­ing to teach their chil­dren to write or tie their shoelaces.


Fo­cus on the Fam­ily

Mother-of-two Irma Mokhtazar writes about her frus­tra­tion when her baby re­fuses to go to sleep and keeps her awake all night.

When kids try their hard­est to do some­thing and they get it all wrong in spite of them­selves, what’s a par­ent to do?

Dr James Dob­son ad­vises par­ents to let chil­dren learn from their mis­takes.


The Car­rie Ju­nior Kids Fun­time Photo Con­test is still on. Just sub­mit a photo and write a sen­tence, and you stand a chance of win­ning the first prize of RM1,000 cash and a Car­rie Ju­nior ham­per worth RM500.

If you want to win a copy of the Fun For Kids In Malaysia book by Ly­dia Teh, all you have to do is go to ParenThots’ Face­book page, look for the book in the photo gallery and tell us about a fun ac­tiv­ity or place that you and your fam­ily en­joyed.


If you are look­ing for dis­counts, then head on over to ParenThots and look for the eVoucher link. We’ve got free­bies and dis­counts from a spa, a stu­dio/cafe, a per­form­ing arts academy and an on­line shop.

Our eVouch­ers page is up­dated as and when we have new stuff.

Shops/com­pa­nies in­ter­ested to of­fer dis­counts to ParenThots’ read­ers are wel­come to e-mail parenthots@thes­tar.com.my.

Use­ful items for left-handed peo­ple.

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