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Teen Drivers

If you smile and turn around in your minivan you will probably see your dear darlings smiling back at you while they are safely strapped to their car seats.  Now picture yourself a few years from now when you are no longer the one in the driver’s seat, and your dear darling is now grinning at you from behind the wheel.  You are now white-knuckled to the arm rests of the passenger seat while your teen age driver smashes the accelerator just a little too hard, or over-corrects every turn.  You instinctively reach for the brakes in front of you before you remember that you don’t have any on your side of the vehicle.

Welcome to my world.

I am about to be the mother of two teen age drivers.  My darling daughter is about to join her older brother in the ranks of Kentucky drivers since she is taking her driver’s test next week.  They both learned how to drive on my minivan.

I’ve had to do some research to make our new driver fit into our family budget too.  Where I live, you don’t have to add a driver with a learners permit to your insurance, but once they get the actual license, you will need car insurance for your teen.  Good thing mine can now drive herself to her job to help pay for it.

So, Kentucky motorists, please welcome a new driver to the streets.  You have been warned.   (PS. Congratulations to my darling daughter)

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February 16, 2013   2 Comments

Duct Tape Fixes Everything …Almost

Ever have one of those road trips where you are at  your wits end, and you are actually considering the all-inclusive fix-it tool –  duct tape? Before resorting to this extreme parenting method, consider a couple of alternative car games instead:

SWEET OR SOUR
“Sweet or Sour” is an amusing game for all ages.  When you are stuck in traffic on the highway, this is a great time to play this game.   Wave to the people wave at one of the cars close to you, or do something else to get their attention.  If the person waves or honks back they are sweet.  If  you know they can see you, but they are pretending they don’t, then that car is sour.  You play as a whole car or individually, but keep track of the people who are sweet and sour. You get extra points if the person honks.  Keep score or just a record of all the Sweet vs. Sour cars, and see if you can improve your results on the next trip.

THE QUARTER GAME  (A variation of The Quiet Game, but with reward!)
“When the kids start getting bored and my nerves are getting frayed, we play the “Quarter Game.” It’s simple — which ever child doesn’t speak for the longest time gets a quarter. It’s a fun, friendly competition plus it gives Mom and Dad a few quiet moments to regain sanity.  Kids love it too!”   (Submitted by reader, Samantha. Thanks!)

 

So, before you break out the drastic car management tactics like duct taping your darling children’s smiles, renew their dental insurance and let those pearly whites gleam as you travel the highways in harmony because you kept them happy and occupied on the road.  And before anyone gets excited, the kids featured in the photo are my darling nephews who volunteered for this shot! Thanks guys! You are too cute.

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February 16, 2013   1 Comment