Is your child’s handwriting a major concern for you? Fret not, you are not the only one. Some children have beautiful, legible and neat handwriting naturally, but others need to work on improving it. The good news is that it is very easy to improve handwriting – all your child needs are guidance and lots of practice.

Here are some effective tips to fine-tune your child’s handwriting.

Understand the Handwriting Style

There are different handwriting styles – cursive, without tears, continuous stroke, italic and a few more. Find out whether your child is comfortable with any particular pattern. Check with the school which handwriting style they expect from students. This is the first step towards handwriting improvement.

Check for the Grip

At times, the poor handwriting could be simply due to incorrect pen or pencil grip. Teach your child to hold the pen or pencil properly between the thumb, index and middle fingers. However, do remember that the grip varies according to age. So, make sure you do not pressurize the child with a particular grip if s/he is not age-ready.

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Identify Other Issues

At times, handwriting may appear poor because of other issues – spacing between the words, size of the letters, line alignment, letter formation or wrong pressure of the pen or pencil. Find out if your child is facing any difficulty in these aspects.

Use the Right Stationery

Is your child using a pencil too small or too long for his or her grip? Is the pencil slippery? Is your child left-handed but using right-handed stationery? These problems could aggravate the handwriting challenges for the kid. Make sure the child is using the correct size, age-appropriate pencil. You can buy left-handed stationery from online shops such as Amazon, The Left Hand Shop, The Left Out Store, etc.

Buy Handwriting Improvement Practice Books

You will easily find these books at a stationery shop or on online sites such as Amazon, Flipkart, etc. Get your child to practice handwriting at least half an hour to an hour every day. As they say, practice makes a man perfect!

Enrol in Professional Handwriting Improvement Classes

In my daughter’s case, I tried everything to improve her handwriting but continued to receive complaints from her school teachers. Eventually, I enrolled her in a handwriting improvement class. To my pleasant surprise, I saw a drastic improvement in her handwriting. The instructor taught her how to hold the pen or pencil right, what posture to maintain while writing, and many other tips and techniques.

You can also consider this option for your child if you feel the need. Check for some handwriting improvement classes on Kidwise here.

Keep a Positive Mindset

A child can lose his or her self-confidence if you continue to comment on his or her poor handwriting. The improvement takes time – don’t expect the results overnight or within a week. Stay patient. You can explain to the child the importance of good handwriting and encourage him or her to practice every day.

Have you faced handwriting issues with your child? Share your tips with Kidwise parents!

About Smita Omar

Smita is an ex banker who voluntary said adiós to a high flying career to explore the rocky yet beautiful terrain of motherhood. When she is not busy juggling between her naughty daughter and foodie husband, you can find her donning the hat of a freelance content developer-editor to keep her sanity intact. She has been a Work-From-Home-Mother for 8 years and turns to meditation when the going gets tough.

  1. Shreeya Srivastava 3 years ago

    I wasn’t even aware there is special stationery for left-handed people. One of my kids is a leftie – thank you so much for this info.

  2. Neha Chaudhary 3 years ago

    Even calligraphy is a good way to improve handwriting.

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