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Your 5-year-old now
By age 5, most kids consistently use one dominant hand. Watch as your child performs daily tasks. Which hand does he hold a spoon with? Throw a ball or button his shirt with? Nine out of ten kids prefer their right hand, but being left-handed is perfectly normal – it's just not as common as right-handedness.
Gone are the days when people thought left-handedness was inferior and tried to "cure" it. Some scientists peg lefties as more creative and verbal, though research goes both ways on this issue.
What we know for sure: Being left-handed can sometimes be inconvenient or frustrating in a world dominated by righties. Think about where most of us place the computer mouse or the way spiral notebooks are constructed. Not exactly lefty-friendly.
If your child is left-handed, you may want to position him at the dining table so he won't crash elbows with a right-handed neighbor. Buy scissors, baseball gloves, and other tools and equipment designed for lefties.
Your life now
Grandparents who play an active role in a child's life offer many benefits. What can you do to keep the relationship strong if your parents and in-laws live far away?
Regular visits and phone calls help a lot. Consider setting your family and the grandparents up with an online system lets you all see each other while you talk.
Some families maintain a family website to keep everyone current. Text (or send via snail mail) your child's artwork, photos, report cards, and videos.
Talking about your parents with your child is another way to reinforce the relationship. Sit down and look at family photos together. Make a mini photo album for your child of all his faraway relatives to help keep their faces familiar.
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