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February 27, 2007



funny i heard a man talk about driving last night. he is a stickler for rules, this gladly follows him on the road. he refuses to go anything but the speed limit, and he is sound enough not to let what others think bother him one bit. he figures he saves the lives of those behind him by helping them follow the speed limit. i was encouraged by this, wanting to follow by example. the honking behind, only means that that person only needs our help even more, to slow down and take a breath. this might be a good thing to share also.


My son just got his license today. For teenagers, getting their license is a major milestone in becoming an adult. It is a BIG deal.

Thankfully, he is a very cautious driver. Actually, he drives so slow it drives me crazy. But I just sit their and smile and offer encouragement. I hope he drives slow for a long time...even though it drives me crazy. Better this kind of crazy than worried crazy :-)


What a great day for your son. I am very close to mine. And I can tell you that no day up until this point can compare. It is like they turn a corner at this point. It is not your son I am concerned about but the friends he has, that think it is a riot to push the pedal to the medal. It is a momentus occasion-embrace the moment. In the mean time, don't heisitate to set up rules a head of time, so he knows what is expected of him. Congratulations and best of luck!


You said it best when pointing out young drivers need to understand the impact they have on everyone around them. As parents we need to stress the importance of how our children's actions not only affect their immediate world, but how one bad decision(especially behind the wheel) can easily change the course of their lives and the lives of others. Life is all about the decisions we make on those things we actually can control. We need to teach our children to make better choices and can certainly use driving as a great vehicle (no pun intended) to do so. Driving shouldn't be a given for our kids, it needs to be respected and earned. Tough laws and rules are great first step but it goes far beyond anything you can read in a book or practice in a driving simulator. We need to teach our children about consequences and the ultimate respect for life...their own and all those around them. Especially before we ever hand over the keys. That's our decision, and one we need to make sure we can live with.


As I sit there concerned what he would be like behind the wheel, let me tell you a little something that happened the other day. My son and daughter wanted to go to the mall. My daughter comes home and tells me he drove quite slowly and took forever at the stop signs. I think it can work, that when we are not along side them, that they got the message and will take the responsibility seriously. At the same time, don't want the kid so nervous he cannot enjoy this new freedom that comes with age. I don't think I would let my son, at 16, get his liscense if I felt mentally he could not handle the responsibility. I am thinking positive that he will show me I made a good decision.


When I was a teen and out at night, I had to call my parents whenever I got to my destination, and whenever I left. This was before the days of cell phones, so it was a pain sometimes, but it meant that they knew if I was in a safe location, or on the road, and about how long the drive would be.


You are not alone in having parents have the call in requirement. It is all about safety. I tell my kids some of the rules you may not agree with. You may not understand until you turn 30. I make them so you can reach this age and tell me all about it.

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