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A Quick Guide To Babies Crawling
by Pintoo Singh | May 18 2017

Parents are very close to their children and the strong bond they share makes it the magical relationship in the world. Would be parents generally feel anxious about their new roles. Nowadays there are numerous books that offer guidance in this regard.  After the birth, parents always ponder upon a thousand questions, like when do babies start crawling, when will the baby stand up on its own, when will the child speak his/her first words etc.

 Experiencing the first crawling motion of one’s little one brings inexplicable joy because it is the first time that he/she starts moving without any support. This form of independent locomotion will eventually lead to standing up straight, walking and then running. Most babies begin crawling in the first year of their birth; some can begin crawling when they are six months old while others might start a bit later. There are kids who don’t crawl at all and instead move towards standing and then walking.

Kinds of crawling activity

Crawling is a motion which is done differently by different babies, well known crawling activity observed among babies includes:

  • Classic style of crawling where the baby uses an arm and the leg on the opposite side simultaneously for moving forward.
  • Some babies like scooting which involves sliding the bottom on the floor while moving.
  • Babies can also bend one knee and extend the other knee for movement.
  • Sometimes babies do not use the legs at all and instead only use their arms to propel themselves forward in a commando style.
  • Crawling in a reverse direction is also done by many kids.

Benefits of crawling motion

Crawling indicates that the baby is ready for independent movement. There are various benefits of this kind of movement. A few important ones are given below:

  • As the baby starts this form of locomotion, the baby’s mind actively observes the surroundings which also include discovering places in the house on its own.
  • The crawling motion is a good form of exercise for the baby as usually all the limbs are used for making movement.
  • Crawling develops body balance for the little one because the baby has to support its weight while crawling.
  • Touching and perceiving things while touring the area on all fours is an engaging journey for the baby because it starts feeling and understanding the objects that it encounters.
  • They learn how to navigate in a known space which further develops their memory.

Precautions to be taken by parents

While taking care of a child, the parents will be able to perceive that their little kid is ready crawl. The rolling over of the baby and its attempt to balance its weight while it has rolled over are indications that it is ready to start locomotion. In that case, care should be taken that the delicate palms and knees of the baby are not dragged across rough surfaces. Investing in a carpet cover is sensible when the baby starts crawling. The floor shouldn’t be rough and should be devoid of splinters and nails.



Why I Stopped Being Skeptical About Self Help
by Travis Peterson | February 4, 2017

I’ve got to admit it – I was pretty messed up when I was a youngster. I knew this, and knew that I didn’t want to be, but had no idea of how to change anything. In a semi-conscious effort at figuring this out, I took a class in psychology in high school.

The teacher and I disliked each other almost immediately. I had nothing that I could point at for a reason to dislike him, but I did. Of course, I gave him plenty of reason to dislike me, and the situation spiraled downward pretty quickly. I passed the course, but just barely, and became very resistant to using anything that I’d learned in it on a practical basis.

I’ve always been a voracious reader, but my lip would curl at the self-help section of the bookstore, and I focused almost entirely on fiction. My school experience had left me pretty resistant to the idea of learning any new subjects, too.

A few years later, I was selling encyclopedias door to door, and had read a few books on the art of selling. This opened me up to reading to learn things, and I started to develop a passion for learning, but only with subjects that I could put to immediate practical use.

Then came a major turning point in my life. My boss insisted that I read a book that wasn’t about selling. He practically demanded that I read Harry Browne’s How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World. This book has long been out of print, and the used copies you can find are amazingly expensive. It is not an exaggeration to say that the book changed my life.

Beyond what the book teaches, it opened my eyes to the idea that how we experience life is a direct result of how we look at the world. It seems obvious to me now, but at the time, this was a major revelation to me. I believe this outlook on life could come at a key moment for many people’s lives, especially millennials. Many of today’s youth are addicted to their phones and the social media platforms that dominate how we look at life. People now feel the need to document their lives and judge their life on Instagram likes. I wholeheartedly encourage for this trend to end.

The next good self-help book I ran across was The Owner’s Manual for Your Life: The Book You Should Have Gotten at Birth, But Didn’t, published by Doubleday. The title is accurate, and the author gives specific, clear techniques that I still use regularly.

Another author that has made a strong difference in how I view the world is Robert Anton Wilson. Most of his books don’t often appear in the self-help section, and it’s always interesting to discover how a particular store will categorize his work, as science fiction or philosophy. Some of them do appear in self-help, but they’re not at all easy to find. Publishing rights for many of them have reverted to his estate, and they’re scheduled to be re-released by Hilaritas Press. If you are amused by conspiracy theories as a general topic, I think that you’ll find his work fascinating.


Inspiring People to Know | Challenge Ourselves and Everyone to Focus on Unity
by Mia Carey | July 28, 2016

 The times we are living are full of segregation and separatism.  You may be thinking segregation in 2016….Get out of here; there isn’t segregation in 2016!  However, if you walk into the majority of the high school cafeterias you will see this group over here, that group over there and them over there.  As adults we also tend to only socialize with those that look, walk and talk like us.  This is a natural animalistic tendency, which we probably behave this way for numerous of reasons. One reason is because it makes us comfortable.  We feel at ease and safe in environments with those from the same cultural and social background as us.  But does this create unity in the world?  How does this make us better collectively as a society?  Our goal should be to make the world a better place and to progress positively.  How can we bridge this gap if we do not expand our circle and unify?  

 Segregation and separatism breeds a “themism” problem.  “Themism” is a term we coined and basically means a person lacks understanding of another group and therefore makes inaccurate preconceived assumptions about others, which are usually negative, biased and not founded on facts.  The result of “themism” is a person comes to have a fear of others.  Consciously or subconsciously people come to think, “They don’t have my best interest,”  “They cannot be trusted,”  “They are against me,” or “They are a threat.”  We can go on and on.  

   They, They, They:  There is much power in the mind.  

  • What if we adjusted our thinking from they to us?

No matter the skin complexion, no matter the dialect, no matter the accent in one’s voice.

  • What if we viewed “them” as our own and treated “them” as our family?

No matter the skin complexion, no matter the dialect, no matter the accent in one’s voice.

  • What if we truly expanded our circle to gain understanding of others?

No matter the skin complexion, no matter the dialect, no matter the accent in one’s voice.

3 Simple INSPIRING Ways to take action on “Themism”:

Firsnumber1t, we must
recognize and accept the tendency of “themism.”  We must accept the fact that we havepreconceived notions of a person before we even get to know them.  We do not extend the same love and consideration that we give to those that look and act as we do.

number2 Second, we must intentionally adjust our behaviors and get uncomfortable.  To unify the human race, we cannot only surround ourselves with those that have the same line of thinking as us.  We must respectfully engage in dialogue with others (them) to understand their concerns and feelings.

number3Third, once communication takes place we can collectively come up with a unified course of action to bridge the gap.  What this means is we will take an empathetic approach to unify towards a common goal.

Note – These three steps are best in a small setting where everyone can be heard and voice their viewpoint and perspective (ideally 6-8 people).  

Please email us your feedback so we can share your stories on this approach and how you have inspired others.

Hugs & Much Love!


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