Monitor how your child sits as he/she writes. Make sure that he/she is sitting up straight while writing. Many children slouch or lean their head on their hand causing careless writing. Your child should have a chair that has a flat seat and back. The chair should be at a height that allows his/her feet to rest flat with he hips, knees, and ankles all at 90-degree angles. This will help as your child moves his/her writing arm across the table. The desk height should be about two inches above the height of the child’s bent elbows. If the desk is too high, your child will have a hard time with movement and make it difficult to see the paper. If the desk is too low, your child may slouch. Check to see that your child’s writing paper is tilted slightly to the left for right handed children or to the right for left handed children. The writing hand should be holding the pencil and the other hand should lie loosely across the top edge of the paper to keep it in place.