By Lana Moline
I love all the new technology in our ever evolving world. I find it fascinating that I can video conference in a matter of minutes. I remember watching movies way back when thinking “wow” when the actors flashed some futuristic gadget. The ideas seemed so far away and it was hard to imagine technology catching up to the on-screen projections but it has. Not only has reality caught up but the rapid pace surpasses itself and the latest and newest becomes obsolete in no time. I try to stay current in part to keep up with my kids because they are absorbing it all quickly but what I have found is that there are still certain basic things that we must know. Here’s my little list, my soap box of things that every woman should know and none of it has anything to do with fast pace and changing technology.
One of the things that every woman should know is what to do if you blow a fuse. Locate the fuse box and determine the circuits that are protected by each fuse. If a coding map isn’t provided for you then create one yourself so you will be prepared for future outages. Make sure you have the replacements nearby so that may be a trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot to understand exactly what you need. Take a picture and bring it with you so that the sales person can correctly identify what you need.
Another thing that every woman needs to know is exactly what insurance coverage your family has. Often times we sign up for a variety of coverage with the intent of sitting down to really “see” what we signed up for. That’s fine but we can’t forget to get around to doing just that. It is so important to have clarity when it comes to insurance policies for automobiles, homes and health. Sometimes you may find that you may not need the type of coverage that you have and can save some money. Or you may discover that you don’t actually have what you intended to get as companies and carriers change. Just make sure to spend some time reading the fine print.
Knowing how to change a flat tire can make the world of difference if we find ourselves on the road alone. A quick change can have us back on the road in a matter of minutes. Again, visit your local Lowe’s or Home Depot to find a tool kit (I’ve seen pink ones) that will have everything you need in order to change the flat. Keep it in the trunk of your car at all times.
If you have kids then you understand all the expenses that arise in raising them. Knowing how to cut your son’s hair or style your daughter’s hair can be a huge savings. Don’t be afraid to give it a shot. Start off small and do a simple hair cut on your son. There are a ton of youtube videos that walk you through step by step and the more you do it the better you will become. It’s also a great way to bond.
Lastly, there is one single thing that I think is one of the most important things that we as women can learn and that is how to cook gravy from scratch. If we can cook gravy or anything from scratch for that matter, we will never, ever starve.
Lana Moline is an integral part of the Blackloveandmarriage.com writing team, freelance writer and poet who lives in Ft. Worth with her three kids and husband Emile. Married 11 years, both media professionals have vowed to maintain integrity in all aspects of print and broadcast journalism.Visit her atLana Moline Speaks.