Who Do You Hang Around With?

Group of Women

Who Do You Hang With?

We tend to take on the behaviors of those we are around. One of my very first jobs, after I married, was in a rough environment. My coworkers’ language was a rough as the environment. Then I was hired for a teaching position in a middle school in a highly desirable school district two weeks before school began. I didn’t realize that I had picked up the language of my coworkers until I caught myself slipping in a classroom of 12-year-olds.

As a divorced mother of three, I gravitated to friends by default. Sometimes I wasn’t discerning. I know that I was influenced by the people I spent time with.

He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
– Proverbs 13:20


Gail smiling in purple suit
I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online.

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