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Steem may be on the verge of a big move up.
Today, the CEO of Steemit.com Ned Scott, posted this picture on his blog:
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If Your Child Is Sitting Like This, Here’s Why You Need to Stop Them Now
My daughter’s just over a year old, so there’s really not much she’s doing “wrong” yet. (Trust me, like all of us, she’ll get there.) If she smacks our family pet, it’s less hostility and more that she doesn’t have full control of her arms. If she throws her food, it’s not an act of insubordination but just her method of communicating that she’s done eating. So, when a family member alerted me to something my child was doing that she needed to stop at once, I was taken aback. Especially because, at that particular moment, she wasn’t stealing her playmate’s toys or eating an expensive coaster as she’s sometimes known to do. She was just sitting there.
Turns out, the way she was sitting — with each leg splayed at her side, knees in front and feet behind, to form a “W” shape — was all kinds of bad.
According to a vast majority of physical therapists, there are several key reasons why:
W-sitting limits core strength because it gives kids a wider base of support. Because they don’t have to engage their abdominal or back muscles in this position, kids often prefer it to more challenging, tiring positions, like with legs in front, at their sides, or crisscrossed.
W-sitting causes muscle tightness, particularly in the legs and hips but also knees and ankles.
W-sitting aggravates neurological issues such as low muscle tone, which means when kids aren’t actively using their muscles, those muscles are floppier and softer and have a harder time holding their bodies upright.
What this all means, most therapists agree, is that prolonged W-sitting throughout childhood can lead to a delayed development in gross motor skills like coordination and balance. For those parents hoping to raise a star athlete, this position’s effect on postural muscles can also be cause for concern.
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Why do some kids sit like this? It’s by far the steadiest way for children of all ages to sit, and aside from that innate tendency to achieve the most stability, it’s also been attributed to time spent in infant carrier devices, like swings, bouncy seats, and car seats.
Seeing as my daughter had graduated from infancy, I was immediately concerned that the damage was already done. I had tried my best to limit her time in her baby swing and the oversize, overpriced ExerSaucer that I had bought under the assumption it was actually good for a baby’s development, but here she was, W-sitting at every turn. I had never noticed it until now.
What can be done? Well, the somewhat alarmist recommendation is to get them to stop doing it immediately — that, whenever you see your child W-sitting, you either physically move their legs into a suitable position (if they’re too young to understand) or tell them to do so.
So, with a watchful eye, I adjusted her legs every time she sat incorrectly, and my husband and I instructed our child’s caretakers to do the same. Occasionally I’d correct her, and it’d be fine, but plenty of times, adjusting one of her legs would make her cry and most times, doing so annoyed her to the point that she was no longer interested in sitting and scooted off to go do something else.
She wasn’t the only one getting fed up, and it had only been a week. I dug a little deeper and found that a few pediatric occupational therapists out there don’t view this seated position as a problem necessarily. There’s not much evidence that shows causation. That is, yes, children who W-sit often have orthopedic issues and muscle tightness. But W-sitting hasn’t been proven to be the cause of those issues, which makes one wonder: could tight hamstrings and hip dysplasia lead to W-sitting, not the other way around?
One such unconvinced therapist, Rachel Coley, happens to be the mother to a W-sitter and maintains it’s perfectly normal for kids to sit this way.
She notes that it’s a simple sign of flexibility and aids in fine motor control because you need to assume the most stable seated position possible when engaging in tasks that require “coordinated, controlled movements of the hands and fingers.” Coley also noted that, for babies in particular, W-sitting provides a convenient, “natural transition” from crawling or kneeling to sitting.
However, based on how strongly most certified therapists feel about W-sitting, I’m not taking any chances. I’m going to keep my eye on it, and I’ll encourage other parents who were unaware of this issue to do the same, especially if they have older kids showing some of the negative side effects. But, if my child is having the time of her life smacking two wooden blocks together, I’m not going to spoil the fun if she happens to be W-sitting.
Remember the movie “Erin Brockovich”? Of course, you do.
But unless you’ve rewatched it recently, you may not remember that Brockovich—in real life, and in the movie—was fighting a company suspected of polluting a small California town’s drinking water with a cancer-causing contaminant called chromium-6 (aka, hexavalent chromium).
Fast-forward 20 years, and it may shock you to learn that chromium-6 is still a threat to 218 million Americans, including residents of every state. That’s just one of the many findings of a just-released Environmental Working Group (EWG) report on the state of our nation’s drinking water.
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“We’ve known about chromium-6 since Erin Brockovich, but it’s still a pervasive problem, and there’s no federal legal standard for it,” says Nneka Leiba, MPH, the director of Healthy Living Science at the EWG.
Unfortunately, chromium-6 isn’t the only dangerous chemical of concern. After examining data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and almost 50,000 public water systems across the nation, the EWG found 267 different contaminants in our nation’s water supply—more than half of which have no established legal limit.
How could this be, you ask? “The Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t put a new contaminant on its regulated list since 1996, which is when the Clean Water Act was passed. We’ve learned so much more about chemicals since then, but we still haven’t made any improvements in our policies,” Leiba explains.
Arsenic, lead, the agricultural herbicide Atrazine, perchlorate, and perfluorinated chemicals are just a handful of the hundreds of contaminants the EWG found to be widespread in public tap water systems. Many of these chemicals have been shown to be carcinogenic, impair thyroid function, and cause harm to fetal growth and development.
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When asked for a response, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokesperson was quick to point out that “more than 90 percent of the country’s drinking water systems meet all of EPA’s health-based drinking water standards” and that the EPA has “set drinking water standards for more than 90 contaminants, including microorganisms, disinfectants, disinfection byproducts, inorganic and organic chemicals, and radionuclides.”
How you can protect yourself
Start by plugging your zip code into the EWG’s database to learn what contaminants are in your local tap water.
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Next, check out the EWG water filter guide and buy one, stat. You can input contaminants of concern and find filters that are third-party certified by NSF International, a product testing, inspection, and certification organization.
“In most cases, activated carbon water filters will reduce many or all contaminants,” Leiba says, referring to the pitcher-style water filters many of us already use. “Having one is especially important if there’s a vulnerable population in your house—someone who is pregnant or sick, or a baby,” Leiba says. (One EWG-approved filter to try: Brita Chrome 8-Cup Water Filter Pitcher, $40, amazon.com)
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One thing you shouldn’t do: turn to bottled water.
“In many cases, bottled water is just filtered tap water, so it’s the same thing you’d get using a filter,” Leiba says. “But bottled water is much more expensive, and it can also expose you to contaminants leaching into your water from the plastic bottle itself.”
Protecting future generations
Leiba says we all need to “raise our voices” and let elected officials know we need greater source-water protections and infrastructure upgrades (contact information for local government officials can be found on USA.gov.) “Our water utilities are constantly dealing with the influx of contaminants, but the onus isn’t only on the utility,” she says. “They’re usually within federal safety limits, but being within federal limits does not mean our water is safe. In many cases, we’ve done the science and the testing, and we know that these contaminants are unsafe, but there’s been no action taken.”
Men are confident about their leadership skills, and while they are just confident, women do use all their skills, becoming much better bosses than men. Like many others, I used to believe women were weak so I felt like an outsider when I got my senior management position 2 years ago.
Now I am realizing any woman from any part of the world is able to land her dream job and become a successful leader. The issue is, most women underestimate themselves. No offense, guys, but women make better leaders and here is why:
1. Women have better listening skills
Women have a tendency to listen even when they feel bored, while men are less patient and prefer to take actions instead. Every leader – be it a male or a female – must have excellent listening and communication skills. Women usually take each point of view into consideration and rarely interrupt a conversation.
2. They trust their gut instincts
Our intuition usually kicks in to warn us about bad or dangerous things. While men ignore their gut instincts (you know how confident they are), we women tend to overthink the issue and trust our intuition. Intuition is particularly crucial for people in a leadership role. Sorry, guys, but you need to learn how to trust your gut instincts first.
3. Multitasking is their talent
Hesitate over this? OK. Then, show me a man that can do a few tasks simultaneously without moaning and groaning. A woman can accomplish a project, make a dinner, do the laundry, wash the dishes, vacuum and nurse simultaneously and you will never hear about how tired she is. Men have trouble multitasking and this makes them worse leaders than women.
4. They are more patient
Girls have a weakness for the clothing and jewelry, but when it comes to a leadership, they are more patient than men. They do not jump to hasty conclusions and never make quick decisions. They will rather help their subordinates than get them fired. Men usually compete in a who-is-the-boss-here-contest and prevent other employees from boosting their career.
5. They are generous in giving praises
A male boss considers praises as useless words. A female boss, on the contrary, believes praises help to lift employees’ spirit and boost their productivity. No one wants to hear the negative feedback throughout the day. We all crave a little bit of praising at least once in a while. So, male bosses, if you want to be better leaders than women, you have to learn how to appreciate other people’s work.
Although there is always an exception in each aspect of life, lots of women have qualities that most men lack. Despite all the myths, a successful leader has to take enormous responsibility. Let’s not forget that a leader does more work than others in the company.
If you a woman, who is afraid to be a leader because of all those old beliefs that only men can be bosses, call on all your courage and climb the next mountain in your career. Is there any one of you who believes men are better leaders than women?
Dress code varies from company to company and before you go shopping for your work clothing, you should get informed about the preferred dress code in your particular workplace. Some companies insist on the traditional professional look while others are more relaxed about it. In any case, the amount of room you have for expressing your individuality and personal style will depend on this.
Whether the dress code is strictly business professional or not, you still have many options to express yourself in the corporate chic way. The key to your style is various combinations of work clothes, accessories and jewelry. If you get good at matching pieces in a way that is not traditional and ordinary yet stylish and elegant, you are on a right track. A good rule of thumb is to keep the business appearance more dominant than the outfit.
You could start experimenting with the business casual look if the circumstances allow, it is a prevalent trend nowadays, which keeps things somewhere between too formal and casual. This style lets you be creative and stylish within the framework of your business look. Here is what you will need to build a professional work wardrobe.
1. Blouses and tops
Blouses and tops
It is great to start building your wardrobe around your basic solid blouses in light colors like white, pink and blue. In addition, you can have some patterned blouses or darker colored ones. Designed tops are a fabulous way to add a fashion statement to your look, as long as they do not scream for attention and are not revealing.
Your work tops can be sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved and turtlenecks, but no tank tops. Experiment with flowing materials like silk and satin, they are naturally elegant. Avoid logos, embellishments and prints.
2. Pants and skirts
Pants and skirts
Pants make or break the business look so you have to get this one right. Stick with solid black or dark color bootcut or trouser silhouettes, avoid soft pants and looser fitting pants. If business casual is allowed, you can even go for jeans, but choose dark wash and black jeans rather than lighter colors.
No bleached or ripped jeans are allowed. Your pants should be sharp and keep the whole outfit balanced. The perfect work skirt is the pencil skirt in classic colors like black, grey and dark blue. It should always be knee length or just above the knees.
3. Suits, blazers and jackets
Suits, blazers and jackets
Suits are the staple of any work wardrobe, both pants suits and dress suits. You can wear them matched or separate them and wear skirts in combinations with different color blouses and jackets for a more creative look. You can wear suit jackets with any pants and still get a business look.
Blazers and jackets can be traditional one-button and two-button structured jackets, or looser fitting in more casual cases. Cropped blazers can be worn over work dresses that exude elegance and power.
Sometimes accessories and jewelry are our only way to express our taste, but even so, we should not go overboard. Generally, you cannot go wrong with silver and gold, or any metal, as long as it is not too bulky.
Avoid plastic, glitter, bright and fluorescent colors. You can express your style with noticeable but discrete details like hanging earrings, a designer eyeglasses frame, a nice ring and a matching bracelet, a wristwatch, and hair clips and pins.
It all comes down to planning, making beautiful combinations and keeping your business appearance more important than your personal style. Experiment, practice and you will find the right balance.
We often talk about bullies in schools and colleges, but never think about bullies in the office. The reason? We believe criticizing, intimidating, and humiliating are normal. We let our employers and managers humiliate us and dread to speak up because we do not want to lose job.
Any type of psychological abuse in the office must never be ignored. If someone is trying to ruin your career or self-esteem in the workplace – be it a boss or a coworker, it is time to stop it, of course, in a peaceful way.
1. Keep your head high
Marilyn Monroe said, “So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” When coping with bullies in the office, you should not show your weaknesses and emotions. Leave them at home.
No matter what your coworkers say, focus on your career goals and keep working. Most successful people say that they have survived many bullies in their workplaces. Guess why? Plain envy. After all, not everyone can be happy for other people’s success. So if someone does not like you, it does not mean something is wrong with you. It means you are so smart and successful that they simply envy you.
2. Control your emotions
The last thing you want to do when someone yells at you is to yell in return. You want to stay professional, right? Learn to control your emotions and stay calm even in the most complicated situations. As soon as they see that you do not respond, they will stop bullying.
3. Talk to them
Find the right moment when you two are calm and able to think clearly, and talk to them. Instead of gossipping about each other, look them in the eyes and ask directly about the reason why they hate you. Stay confident and firm. If they avoid talking to you, let your management know about the situation.
4. Speak up
Many companies fire highly professional employees because of bullies. Your superiors and coworkers should know about the problem in the office. Do not be afraid to speak up. Unless you provoke the bully, your superiors will definitely find a solution. You will not lose your job. On the contrary, you may help to boost productivity in the office. However, make sure you can prove bullying.
5. Find support
When I wrote ‘support’ I did not mean finding someone who will help you humiliate the bully. Find someone who will help you and the bully to solve the problem. Whether it is a coworker or a manager, they might change the situation for the better.
6. Quit your job
If your boss is the bully, the only way out is to quit your job. Sure, you need your job to pay the bills and buy the groceries. But if it is ruining your self-esteem and mental health, are you sure you want that money? Remember, your job should bring happiness into your life, not stress and sadness.
According to the Zogby survey, around 45% of people targeted by bullies in the workplace suffer stress-related health problems, including anxiety, depression, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Working with a bully has no sense at all. Not only do you dread to go to work each day, you also risk to harm your health and destroy your true self. Do not just sit and wait until the problem disappears, take actions and solve the problem. We spend most of our time at work, which is why it is important to find the right job with a friendly team. Did you ever deal with bullies in the office?
Looking for a highly professional lawyer in Miami? I can recommend you a few lawyers at once. I’m definitely not trying to promote any lawyer, but since many ask me about them, I did a little research and am ready to give you some information about each of them. Hopefully, it will help you solve your problem.
1. Albert E. Acuña
With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida, and a law degree at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Albert E. Acuña focuses his practice on real estate and business law, including real estate litigation, commercial litigation, as well as legal matters related to condominium and homeowners’ association matters. Albert E. Acuña is licensed to practice in every Florida state court, and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
2. Andrew Bernhard
Andrew Bernhard has represented financial institutions, corporations, and national real estate developers in their complex commercial, real estate development and consumer finance matters. Mr. Bernhard received the John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship for excellence in Litigation Skills and the CALI Excellence Award for International Moot Court. Andrew Bernhard is one of the top rated real estate lawyers in Miami according to a Super Lawyers’ list.
3. Liliana Loebl
Liliana Loebl concentrates mainly on family law. She handles complex and high asset family and marital law matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, cases involving dissolution of marriage and time sharing, paternity, child support, domestic violence, alimony, and modifications of child support.
4. Harry Payton
With more than 45 years of experience in state and federal court, Harry Payton is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation and Civil Trial. Harry Payton represents domestic and foreign corporations as well as high net worth individuals in complex business litigation matters that involve commercial foreclosures, commercial real estate, and lender liability.
He also focuses on corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes, probate, will and trust litigation, litigation involving intra-family business disputes, and professional malpractice cases involving accountants, attorneys, engineers and architects for plaintiff and defense.
5. Melisa Pena
Melisa Pena graduated and received her Juris Doctorate from Florida International University College of Law and focuses her practice on immigration, family law, сonsumer, and civil litigation: plaintiff.
6. Kendall Coffey
Kendall Coffey focuses on complex litigation at both trial and appellate levels, in state and federal courts. Kendall Coffey has served as a legal analyst providing commentary for national and international television networks, including CNN, Univision, CNBC, FOX, Canadian Broadcasting Company, and many others. He has also written a few books and articles on legal topics in publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Yale Law and Policy Review.
7. Christin Bucci
Christin Bucci concentrates her practice on the negotiation of settlements, federal and state tax matters, including tax planning and analysis, and defense representation in cases involving the failure to file returns and tax fraud.
When writing the article, I used the information posted on Super Lawyers. Hopefully, this information has helped you. Have you had experience with a lawyer is Miami? Can you recommend any of them?