As an educator, I know that children younger than 4 have not necessarily determined their handedness. However, because he reached all other developmental milestones way early and because most of his same-age peers seem to have settled on a specific hand for fine motor activities, I am starting to suspect that my son, age 2 yrs 8 months, is ambidexterous. We have many left handed, and a couple of fully ambidexterous, adults in our family (almost all on dh's side) and my husband is left handed. For a long time, I suspected ds was lefty, too, because he chooses to dig in the sand box, color with crayons, and feed himself with his left hand. He also throws a ball left handed. But he doesn't kick with his left foot, and he will happily use a crayon or shovel in his right hand without switching it to the left if I hand it to him on the right side of his body. So, I guess my 1st question is: Do you think he is ambidexterous? The next question I have is, for those of you who may have ambidexterous children, has this ever presented a problem for you child when learning to write and refine other fine motor skills? I worry that he will not have enough practice with one hand or the other and not be able to develop proficiency in either left or right. Is this a totally unfounded, needless worry? I'd love to hear from other mamas of ambidexterous kids!
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4/24/03 at 12:26am