He's turning 16
My son turns 16 this Friday, and here in Massachusetts, that means he can get his driver's permit. He gets home from school at 2:30, and he's got it on the schedule to get the permit at 2:35. His plan is to then drive all weekend. With me in the passenger seat.
I've already told him that grabbing the car door or dashboard is an instinctive reaction and will not necessarily be an indication of my confidence in his driving. And that loud exclamations of the colorful variety may not mean that I'm actually upset. We'll then just have to go over that particular skill again.
Not that he hasn't driven already. Did I ever tell you about the time a couple months ago when I was out for the evening with a friend and he took the opportunity to use the spare car key to take a lap around the neighborhood? And subsequently lopped off the side view mirror as he attempted to re-enter our one-car garage. He has since paid me back for the damage, but still flinches whenever I back out of the garage.
I'm trying to figure out gradual steps of skill building that I can weave together with words of wisdom. It might be like Sunday school with a captive audience—I may never have another opportunity like this to impose good solid values. So I thought I'd ask all you parents out there who have done this already, what are good spiritual ideas that drivers should always have at hand? What lessons did you learn when teaching your kids how to drive? How can I pray to make this all go as smoothly as possible?
And, I hope you'll be in the spiritual backseat with me this weekend!
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