How to Gather Information & Make a Decision

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I often tell women, mostly single moms, gather information before you decide. It costs nothing. I know how important this is because I’ve not always done it. And I’ve lived to regret those decisions. Our world is in high gear. We expect everything to respond instantly. And on our keyboard it does. In dealing with real life and real people, real knowledge is required. Just because you read something on Facebook and/or see it on Instagram doesn’t mean it’s a fact or a path for you to follow.

Rather I suggest you Google and do real research. In your search ask questions. Study, seriously study, the answers from reliable sources. Check the credentials of the author. Don’t rely on Wikipedia alone. Today, as never before in history, we able able to access knowledge at our fingertips, but you have to be careful of the sources you trust.

Ask your friends and family member what they think. Conduct a simple survey. Tune in to your community and what is happening around you. Don’t go off “half-cocked” as we say in Texas.

Do all of this before making your final decision. The results may not be what you’d hoped. Prepare yourself for this. It will save you lots of trouble and put you on a path for a more purposeful future.

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I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experience 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 books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon.

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