Mama Diaries

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Crazy Driver

My teenaged daughter will be learning how to drive soon. I'm not afraid of too many things, but this idea really scares me!

The other day she came up to me and said, "Mom, when I learn to drive, I'm going to use your car first. It's old, so it won't matter if I crash it."

I have her the evil eye. "You are not crashing my car. Period!"

She continued. "Then I'll use Dad's and crash his."

"You will do no such thing, because if you do, you'll be grounded for life and never drive again!"

(Which might actually keep her out of a lot of trouble!)

(If you're worried about my daughter, she's a very responsible young lady. I highly doubt she will ever crash our cars.)  

34 comments:

  1. Bet you didn't want to hear her say it though.

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  2. How sweet of her to tell you she will crashing them... she does want to drive doesn't she? :-)

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  3. Hi, dear Sherry! Grounded for life (in advance) seems like a very fair and reasonable plan, one to which any teenager would readily agree! :) I shudder to recall had badly I drove at that age. I am lucky to be here. I am not the least bit worried about your daughter or your son because I can tell that you are an excellent role model for your children. :)

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    1. Thanks for saying so, but I still worry. It's my job!

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  4. It was so nice to have a baseball stadium close by when I first attempted to drive. On a day with no game. Security stopped us at one point, but when they saw what we were doing, they let us keep at it. (Probably wouldn't today.) Good times.

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    1. Big parking lots are good places to practice.

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  5. I taught my son how to drive. During the Christmas break, we went to a community college where we lived in Maryland. I put him behind the wheel in a parking lot. I had him drive a bit and then pull into a parking space. I knew he was going too fast and would hit the curb. I kept quiet and let him do it. It taught him a lesson. When we go out together, he almost always drives. He's an excellent driver. He can back my car down the narrow driveway and put it in the garage so I can pull out nose first. He does it as if it's nothing, but of course, he is accustomed to driving cars into the garage at work and putting them on lifts. It's such a blessing to have a child who can fix my car, no matter what happens to it. Your daughter will learn. When I was teaching my son, only once did I make him pull over and get out of the car to let me drive. He frightened me by not checking carefully before he made lane changes. So if your daughter frightens you, tell her to pull over. She'll remember the lesson. Let her make harmless mistakes in empty parking lots. Be the giggle in the car.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. That is good advice. I will most certainly have my children pull over if they are scaring me. It is very good that your son is a responsible mechanic. Very handy to have around!

      I will be a giggle in the car. ;-)

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  6. money flying out the door? (better than time flying! right?) shrunken heads? a teen with a new license? AH! it's scary over here indeed! ha! sorry it's been so long since i've been over here! and we may come down for xmas break - maybe we can get together unless you come up here! ha!

    and thanks for supporting my simulation release tour!

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    1. I'd love to see you! I don't have plans to come up to Ohio. No family in Cincinnati. Let me know when you'll be here. (Yes - it's really scary at my pad!)

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  7. Still not a fun thought to think about

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    1. The crashing that is, not her driving, but maybe that too lol

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    2. Crashing is never fun to think about!

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  8. Sometimes it's the other drivers that they must learn to watch for. I think I aged a few years when my daughters were learning to drive and I paid for a few lessons for both of them. One of them did have an accident, but not a serious one. It wasn't all her fault, either.

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    1. I'm a little concerned about the Atlanta traffic. Driving around here can be tedious.

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  9. I wish her safety, happy driving and a responsible driver's license.

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    1. Those are all good wishes. Thank you!

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  10. When I drive a junk car, I don't mind dents, but I'd sure mind a crash.

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  11. I don't have children, but I can imagine letting kids drive has to be very scary for parents. Glad to hear your daughter is so responsible. :)
    ~Jess

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  12. The only advise I can offer is that you trust her judgement and sit back. My first time out, my mom blocked the window so I couldn't see and totally freaked out because she saw a truck. She jerked the wheel and we almost took out a street light. The truck turned in the other direction. Being nervous will keep you on your toes, but freaking out means new street lights will be needed.

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    1. Sounds scary! I'm sure that was not a good experience for either of you!

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  13. Loving your daughter's sense of human. As a teenager I felt it my job to come out with such things. Thankfully I never wanted to learn to drive so this was something my family didn't have to worry about.

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    1. Around here, you have to learn how to drive. It's tough to get around if you don't.

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  14. It's a scary thing when they learn to drive. Kids have to give you a hard time and tease you--it's their job. LOL! ;)

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  15. Yes, it can be scary. I"m sure she will be very careful. As moms, we always let our imaginations go wild. I remember worrying about our sons when they started driving, yikes.

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