Learning to Crawl is about Life

Oh, the multitude of lessons from children that can be applied to life.  This one comes from my 6 month old Ladybug as pointed out by my wonderful Mother (you can check her shop out over HERE).  She’s been crawling for about 3 weeks now (she does the army crawl, and I was quite hesitant to even call it crawling in the first place).  So, here are a few lessons (five to precise) about life in general that I can apply from ladybug learning to crawl.

  1. English: Red ladybug seen from the side
    English: Red ladybug seen from the side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Get good at what you can do.  Ladybug started off scooting on hard-wood floors.  She’d stretch her hand out in front of her, stick it to the floor, and use her arms to pull her forward.  She kept doing it, kept getting better, and that’s basically how she crawls.  Once you figure out how to do something, stick with it, keep practicing, and get better.  It’s going to be slow going at first, you’ll start off as a scoot, but then you can work your way up to crawling, and then walking, and finally running.

  2. Set a goal and stay focused.  When she sees a toy on the floor that she wants, she looks at it, and never once takes her eyes off of that toy until she reaches it.  Set yourself short-term and attainable goals and don’t deter from the path to get there.  Those short-term goals are not only going to give yourself milestones to reach on your way to the long-term goal, but they will give you a sense of accomplishment.
  3. Add in new practices as you figure them out.  This past week, little Ladybug has started getting up on her hands and knees to crawl (more traditional).  She’s adding in a different practice and as the week has progressed, she’s gotten better and faster at crawling in this method.  As you master those basic skills, add in more advanced and complicated ones.
  4. Throw out the less efficient.  As she is getting better at crawling on her hands and knees, she isn’t “scooting” as much anymore.  Once you’ve learned a more efficient method for doing something, don’t keep doing the act that is less efficient, replace it!
  5. ladybugs
    ladybugs (Photo credit: flashgordonmd)

    Keep developing, learning, and getting better.  If Ladybug follows in the footsteps of her two older siblings, this crawling stage will not last nearly long enough and she’ll be walking in just a few more months.  Either way, she’s going to keep going forward in her development, she’s going to keep learning, and her mobility will keep getting better and better.  We don’t even stop growing and developing as adults, it’s just a different sort of growing (mental instead of physical).  Don’t be afraid to try your hand at learning a new skill.  It may take a bit longer (depending on just how old you are)

Don’t be afraid to try your hand at learning a new skill.  It may take a bit longer (depending on just how old you are), but everyone starts somewhere.  Everyone had a first.  Focus on what works, develop that, and then grow from there.

Do you learn any lessons from your children?  Or maybe you have a story about starting at a scoot and working your way up to a crawl 😀

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