For left handed people, what struggles did you deal with while growing up?
I can honestly say I have never had a problem with being left handed, it hasn't made the slightest bit of difference to me at all. I hold my pen 'properly' when I write as well! However, although I write left handed, I use my right hand for some tasks, such as using scissors - I don't know why, I guess I must be a bit ambidextrous.
The only thing that annoys people in my house is when I move the computer mouse to the other side. And the pens in banks are always attached to the right!
the biggest problem i faced was having ink smear when i write. because we write from the left, my hand will glide over what i have already written and occasionally smear the ink.
I started out left-handed, but three ring notebooks for taking notes in school were killer. So I learned to write with my right hand and use both now to write. I always have done a lot of things with my right hand, bat, play tennis etc., so it was pretty easy to learn.
So other than the 3 ring notebooks at school, I never had a problem. Oh as nightwork4 says--the smear--I type so much now I had forgotten that.
I am left-handed as well and I never had any problems. I would even say I had some advantages because I could do things others could not do and so I made an advantage out of my situation. This was the case when I played handball for instance. I could play on a position not many people could play.
Some things I just learned with the right hand too like playing the guitar but writing and throwing the ball etc I do with my left.
well here our culture disapproves the use of left hand....so left handed kids get spanked alot till they learn to use their right hand....the adults would have been treated and very rude and wrong people if they had not be spanked till they learnt to use their right (though this way of thinking has almost been eradicated from our peoples' mind
When my mother was growing up in the '40's, she, as a school student, was forced to write with her right hand. Being definitively left-handed, she struggled with this demand.
I was naturally left handed but forced to change by parents. In the long run this worked out well as I am truly ambidextrous today. Many years ago while framing homes I would use my hammer half a day with each hand.
In the fourth grade, my teacher thought I was being difficult because I was writing with my left hand, so she insisted that I write with my right hand. I made terrible grades in penmanship that year. After making it to the fifth grade, life once again returned to normal.
One of the hardest things I had to do was to teach my right handed children how to tie their shoes. These poor children were being shown one way by me and the reverse by their father. They still talk about how hard it was to learn to tie their shoes with that.
With joining the work force, I was able to do data entry and most office skills with my right hand. I struggle with scissors because I turn them upside down to cut paper. Silly things like that draw attention to my being left handed in the office.
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