I have to thank my friend Karen for this suggestion. I was telling her how B is left-handed. (Kris and I are both right handed, though two of my siblings and my dad are left-handed.)
B favored her left hand as an infant, but she would use her right if she had to. So we decided not to encourage her either way. We didn't put crayons in her hand, for instance. We always let her pick them up. Same with forks and spoons...we just let her natural preference emerge over time.
The only drawback to our laissez-faire approach is that she is a little behind some of her peers when it comes to things like cutting with scissors and writing her name. No biggie. She'll get the hang of it, but I wanted to give her some practice with tracing her name at least. She's started to notice that some of her friends can write their names and she can't. (and by write her name, we mean she can't yet write a "B" ...We know "Bronwynn" is going to take much longer to master!)
So Karen suggested these tracer sheets which you can find and customize online. (Just Google "tracer sheets" or "handwriting sheets" and you'll see several sites offer them) You can also print alphabet sheets and block or cursive letters to practice.
Side Note: As I was writing this post, I was searching for some information about left-handedness, because I've been told that some teachers and parents used to force kids to be right handed by tying their left hands behind their backs, which just sounds cruel. In my search, I discovered that August 13th is International Left Handers Day! Woohoo! So happy Left Handers Day, everyone. ;)
If you're left handed, please leave a comment with a tip for us right-handed parents. How can we make things easier for B?