A healthy, normal child’s handwriting will be firm, even, and will not deviate too far from the copybook style of writing he learned in school. The spacing may or may not be regular, but this is unimportant because it only shows how far you’ve progressed toward adult maturity and the use of good judgment.
The child who struggles to fit in at school, struggles to make friends, and is a problem in his various environments—home, school, social, and so on—mirrors his poor adjustment, emotional conflicts, and anti-social attitudes in his script. By changing his handwriting, he can’t use deception, misrepresentation, or social withdrawal to hide his inner feelings or throw people off the trail of discovery.
Handwriting Analysis for Kids
He paints a clear picture of his problems in his writing. The value of handwriting analysis in this case is to assist the parent in determining the true cause of the child’s unhappiness, so that the cause can be understood and, if possible, removed.
Poor academic performance may be caused by a child’s inability to focus long enough on ideas to thoroughly master them. Handwriting that is riddled with errors indicates mind-wandering. Small letters of varying sizes indicate an inability to maintain a logical flow of thought. Slow writing is a sign of mental retardation or the need to hear something twice or more to fully comprehend it. The “slow reader” has gotten a lot of attention recently, but the “slow hearer” is just as serious. Because so much of modern education is delivered through oral expression, many children become “lost” when a fast talker does the speaking.
Any disruption in the rhythm or free-flow of one’s handwriting is a sure sign of conflict. If the child’s writing lacks ending strokes, he or she is afraid of something. He is concerned about some physical discomfort if the writing is cramped and compressed, combined with heavy pressure. Emotional distress will manifest itself in writing that is vertical rather than forward, as most normal children’s writing should be.
Slow reading can be due to a lack of interest or ability. If a child is not motivated to enjoy his reading assignment, he will be hesitant to start, unconcerned about concentrating, and unconcerned about the speed at which he should be reading. Simply because someone else wants them to read faster isn’t enough to motivate some children. Your child will have no problems if the problem is simply a lack of interest in the reading material. This is usually a one-time thing, and he’ll be out of there before you know it.
When slow reading is caused by a lack of ability, the first question to consider is: What kind of ability is lacking? Slow reading is caused by a difficulty in registering word changes on the page quickly enough if mental ability is lacking. Speed reading would only add to the confusion in this case. Slow reading benefits the child because it allows him to comprehend what he is reading.
A lack of spelling knowledge can cause slow reading by causing the reader to linger longer than necessary with unfamiliar words, hoping to figure out what they mean by thinking about them. The solution is obvious if a child’s reading is slowed by poor eyesight because it hurts his eyes to read. If the parent is careless in this area, the school will usually become aware of the physical flaw and take appropriate action.
If the slow reader has poor vision, his handwriting will be awkwardly formed, small letters will be enlarged, the rhythm will be disrupted and jerky, and the pressure will be either very light or very heavy, depending on the severity of the vision problem. When a child’s vision is severely impaired, he or she will tend to write under great strain. A person with poor vision will never be able to write a straight base line. It will usually be wavy or undulating, with a few up and down runs like rolling hills.
When a slow thinker reads slowly, his slowed reactions are revealed by writing that is rounded rather than angular, tending toward the vertical rather than the slanted, forming writing on the large side rather than the small side, and writing in a completely unoriginal style, fairly similar to what he was taught in school.
Slow readers, who read slowly due to a lack of mental activity, share all of the characteristics of poor spellers. Furthermore, he writes with sporadic heavy pressure, pausing his writing rhythm as he attempts to spell unfamiliar (to him) words.
Children who read too quickly miss important facts that must be learned in order to build important stores of fundamental knowledge. Skimming is useful for some types of reading material, but it is harmful in many school reading assignments that require formulae, English rules, historical concepts, and a variety of abstract ideas.
Examine your child’s handwriting to see if he reads too fast. It makes no difference how big or small your writing is if it is quick. It will slant forward, have even or light pressure, shaded strokes, small a’s and o’s that are open at the top, and be lacking if it is large. T-crossings will be lance-like in any extra-ornamentation, heavy at the start of the stroke and tapering at the end. i-dots will be created in the same manner.
When the pressure is medium or heavy, the slope is vertical, the base line is very straight, and the capitals are much larger than they should be in proportion to the small letters. Precision t-crossings and i-dots will be made.
Children who read quickly can be taught to slow down, at least when important ideas need to be grasped. If the parents of these children take the time to explain the situation to their children, they will have no difficulty obtaining cooperation in this matter. This is due to the fact that fast readers are intelligent individuals who will use their intellect to solve their problem of reading too quickly once they realize it is impeding their progress.
In any community, no matter how small, the number of adult-minded good citizens always outnumbers the number of child-minded youngsters heading down the dark path of juvenile misbehavior. If you want to lower the rate of juvenile delinquency in your community, you can examine the handwriting of the children you want to learn more about, and you will quickly learn the reasons for their actions.
Knowing ahead of time what a child is likely to do can help you provide positive alternatives to negative behaviors, allowing the child to grow into a cooperative citizen. Because the child is not growing normally and feels out of place in both situations, anti-social behavior can result from either slowed or accelerated maturation. Children who identify as “out” are more likely to join “out” groups, which are typically gangs of individuals who disrupt people’s daily activities. Their main business appears to be interfering with the normal functions of society. This provides them with a sense of purpose, value, and a chance to succeed.
The juvenile who is older than his peers and progresses into adult forms of misbehavior, dragging younger children along with him, is especially dangerous. This type of criminal will steal cars for pleasure rides, smoke, brag about his sex experiences (which may or may not be true, but his familiarity with the “right” terminology will captivate less-experienced and younger listeners), get drunk, and argue with law enforcement officers; in short, he will set the worst kind of bad example. He sees delinquency as the ultimate expression of manhood.
He comes from a wealthy as well as a poor family. In his poor home, he may have been surrounded by adults who served as role models for his bad behavior. (This isn’t always the case, but it comes close.) He may have been forced to make his own decisions faster than he should have, and because they were based on childish foundations, he would inevitably end up with warped actions.
When a child is adopted and there is no psychic connection between the parents and the stranger in the family, the child feels every neglect tenfold and seeks fulfillment outside the home. All too often, the circle proves to be the wrong kind.
The writing of a child is extremely rounded and slow, indicating that he or she is maturing too slowly. Sharp angularity in the writing of young people who have not completed high school, as well as dash-like dots and embellished capitals, are all signs of a rapidly maturing individual who should be monitored to ensure he receives the proper guidance at the appropriate time.
Sex changes are a natural part of a child’s physical and psychological development as they progress from adolescence to adulthood. Some children are more stressed than others during this period of transition. There is a small percentage of children who develop excessively strong erotic tendencies and, as a result, have difficulty satisfying them. These kids will have to take it out on someone if they are to master self-control and the need to strengthen their willpower while also keeping their extra sex urges in check. They usually vent their annoyances on Society.
Not all over-sexed boys and girls look for partners for their feelings through outward behavior or sexual expression. If the child comes from a moral family, he may be able to direct his energy away from sex. Otherwise, his search for physical release could lead to unacceptably risky behavior. However, there is always the issue of excess energy that must be addressed in all cases. If his social environment is structured so that he cannot avoid boredom, he will seek stimulation and happiness through illicit or illegal ratification.
Excessive sexual energy is indicated by writing that leans far forward, is written large with full upper and lower loop letters, is formed with a consistent heavy pressure but is not necessarily muddy or pasty, and has a fairly straight base line. It is critical to remember that this is not the writing of a pervert, but rather of someone who has an excess of what every normal person has in an appropriate amount.
Because children must mature from immaturity to maturity, even a normally developing child can become delinquent if he is weak-willed, unstable, or lacking in self-confidence to the point where he will follow in the footsteps of another to feel important and happy.
Light-pressured writing with weak t-crossings indicates indefinite will power. The slants of the lines of writing reflect the child’s indecisive attitude, and the roundness of the letter forms, particularly the m’s and n’s, reveals the young person’s receptivity to others’ suggestions. These are the psychographic characteristics that will alert a parent if their child requires additional adult supervision.
Knowing that his parent is concerned about his well-being and the nature of his close friends is often enough to cause a positive shift toward his own family’s ideals and away from any destructive or anti-social ideas he may have picked up from bad juvenile associations with this type of child. There is nothing “wrong” with this type of child; only flaws that result from a lack of knowledge and personal determination.
When juvenile delinquency turns violent, everyone in the community is put at risk, because anyone of any age can become a victim. Every day, the behavior of teenagers is reported in the media. Young hoodlums have burned children to death by turning them into human torches, with the only response being, “We didn’t know what we were doing.”
Natures that are essentially sensual, hyper-aggressive, and uncontrollable are the direct result of rapacious stabbings, brutal beatings, uncontrollable criminal assaults, and fires perpetrated by young people who care nothing for the lives they may endanger.
Doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers, clergymen, and other professionals who work with people of all ages, from the sickest to the healthiest, are well aware of this. However, a non-expert, particularly a parent, can now examine the child’s handwriting and determine whether the child is prone to unusual behavior.
Heavy pressure, muddy writing, slowly drawn letter formations, inartistic letter forms, and punctuation that digs into the paper are all signs of virility.
It will help you understand your child if you keep a handwritten record of his “growing up,” similar to how you enter photos in an album. Instead of photos, you’ll keep pen drawings of his personality as it evolved or regressed over time. The importance of this character writing chart for your child lies in the possibility of catching him before he develops any personality flaws and assisting him in breaking bad habits. The handwriting record would also give you early indications of his vocational aptitudes, allowing you to help him obtain valuable educational backgrounds.
Early Detection of Hidden Abilities
Parents are frequently perplexed when it comes to determining which career path their children are best suited for. The situation is exacerbated by young people’s shifting expressions of interest. Parents should remember that their children’s seemingly irrational shifts in interest from one type of work to another, often unrelated, are a normal part of growing up. It stems from teenagers’ natural desire to try new things and experiment. There are a few general ways to discover undiscovered talents and leanings from a child’s handwriting.
The size of your child’s handwriting is a good indicator of his or her mental interests. Mental activity indicates a high likelihood of success in college. Small, well-formed writing indicates mental instability and concern. Large writing suggests that your child is more likely to develop an interest in business or another vocational pursuit that does not require a lengthy college education. If the writing is even-pressured and small, with the letters carefully formed, it suggests scientific aptitude.
Letter formations that are unique, especially capital letters and the letters D and C, indicate artistic talent in a boy’s or girl’s script.
Plain, heavy-pressure writing that is completely unoriginal indicates a mechanical interest in a child’s writing. If the letters are printed as well as plain, it indicates engineering aptitude.
Rhythmic, fluid writing suggests that your child may enjoy music as a hobby or as a profession, depending on the encouragement and learning opportunities that come his way.
Do your Kids have what it takes to go to College?
If a child isn’t college material, a parent’s desire to send him or her to college can often do more harm than good. High school graduation does not guarantee college success. It is a harsh reality that half of those who enroll in university do not complete their studies.
The wise parent would look for a number of graphological signs in the student’s handwriting that are common in the script of young people who are likely to enjoy and complete advanced education, such as college or other professional-type education.
Boys and girls who enjoy studying, have sharp perceptions, and can concentrate will have no trouble finishing a college trawling program. They will succeed in even the most difficult subjects if they also have the virtue of consistency.
Small writing indicates concentration, angular letter formations indicate keen perception, and letter forms in one line of writing appear nearly identical to letter forms in other lines of writing, indicating consistency. Small letters do not have to be the same size in this definition of consistency; otherwise, the “genius,” the super-impressive type of person, and other unusual types of people who enjoy college life would be excluded.
How well do you support your Child’s Development?
If you over-discipline your child to the point where he is afraid to strike out on his own, his handwriting will be slow and most letters will be well-formed. If you are inconsistent in your discipline and your child is subjected to extreme regulation one day and excessive leniency the next, his writing will reflect your inconsistency by being incongruously constructed—with variable pressure, small letters of varying sizes, and an uneven base line.
You can remedy this situation by remembering that consistency is essential when dealing with children. If you are consistent, your child will only change the size of a few small letters when writing.
Except when the child is highly creative and original, there is usually little danger in harsh discipline. There’s a chance that open rebellions will erupt. Firm pressure, unusual letter formations, and a preference for small writing will indicate a strong creative urge. It takes a clever set of parents to properly guide this type of child.
You can tell if your child is making a happy adjustment to life by observing him or her in the inevitable unpleasant situations that arise from time to time. If there are no hooks in the handwriting, you can be confident that everything is in order. If the script is full of hooks and catches, your child will have a built-in adversary in life. You can help to blunt these unnecessary defense mechanisms by paying more attention to and caring about his daily activities. No child minds being made a fuss over. Some children have such a strong need for affection that if their basic need for love is not met, they develop antagonisms. They rely on their parents for it because they are too young to obtain it elsewhere.
Handwriting analysis can easily assist you as a parent in providing more objective and common sense guidance to your children. It will also keep you updated on any changes in their personality or character. Through school relationships, you will be able to establish closer psychological contact with your children’s teachers, directing the full force of your parental influence toward your children’s better development and educational progress. If you pay attention to your children’s writing, you’ll be able to reduce the rest of your “watching.”