WHEN I started school, eons ago now, writing with your left-hand was frowned upon. My teacher tapped me on the knuckles with a ruler whenever I reached for a pencil with the offending limb, a scary and confusing practice for a spirited but little five-year-old.
In my case, the confusion has made way for a somewhat ambidextrous life - I favour the left for eating, playing instruments and kicking, while the right works for writing, cutting and a host of other menial tasks.
The experts say that while very young children are encouraged to develop the co-ordination in both hands, by the age of three, children should be favouring one over the other depending on which half of the brain becomes the star of the show.
New research suggests children who go to school without a preferred hand choice will struggle with academic and physical development, finding it difficult to form letters correctly and correctly negotiate simple reading and maths problems.