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Bonding with your daughter is definitely not for the faint of heart, especially as she begins to flex her teen muscles. Most teens, in the process of establishing their independence, are sporting surly attitudes and a desire to be as far away from you as possible. And as my 16-year-old gets ready to take her road test and “EEK” get her driver’s license- this could not be truer. When I look at her sitting behind the wheel of our car – perfecting her driving technique (as I sit in the passenger seat and hold my breath until we stop at each red light) all I see is my little six-year-old ginger haired girl sitting in the driver’s seat. I panic and worry about her and so in doing so I know I have become overbearing with my laundry list of things she can’t do when she is behind the wheel of her car.
Of course we have invested a good chunk of change in lessons and I am grateful for resources like GEICO More AUTO insurance which has some wonderful advice for parents like me when it comes the basics of insuring her first car ensuring that she DOES not become a road hog and offering support if we ever have to deal with the aftermath of a car accident . Having GEICO is a resource beyond insurance—it has certainly helped me to navigate this next phase of my daughter’s life—aka OMG we have a teen driver in our midst – and as she and I have driven around I realize our impromptu practice sessions have also helped us to bond (in the most unlikeliest of ways and places).
The truth is, it’s imperative that mothers spend quality one-on-one time with their teen daughters–to lay the foundation for a safety net for your daughter. If you want to be in the loop about what’s on your daughter’s radar including, but not limited to; her driving technique, friendships, feelings and relationships with the opposite sex, you need to be her soft place to fall- so that when she REALLY needs to talk– she knows you are there- no judgment. But that level of comfort- does not just manifest itself- it’s something you need to work on, every single day. So if you too have a newly minted teen driver in your family- here are some tips I can share to help you keep her safe and bond all at once aka OMG We have a Teen Driver in our Family—Tried and True Mom Advice to keep Teen Drivers Safe and Spend Quality Time Bonding!
OMG We have a Teen Driver in our Family—Tried and True Mom Advice to keep Teen Drivers Safe and Spend Quality Time Bonding!
I have actually used our time in the car to have these talks (it also lessens my anxiety while she is driving!) We have talks as she is practicing her parallel parking, we talk as she is making her u-turns, and we talk as she stops at those red lights.
Do your research as a team.
For my daughter and I GEICO has been a wonderful resource and way for us to bond as we read and share safety tips and car maintenance tidbits. Since my daughter has become a driver all of sudden, cars have shot to the top of my must-know-everything about the subject, which includes, but is not limited to: the lowdown on tire myths and saving money on gas . Believe it or not my daughter and I have been quizzing each other on these facts too!
Use her practice driving lessons to your advantage.
Get her to drive the two of you to the gym, to buy groceries and to run errands! It is the ultimate in multi mom tasking– and it’s become our thing–we bond while we are in the car (as she drives) us to the gym and most recently to a class at Crunch Fitness! Suffice it to say we bonded over sweating and pushing ourselves to our limits and in fact my teen kept encouraging me to power through it!
OMG We have a Teen Driver in our Family— Tried and True Mom Advice to keep Teen Drivers Safe and Spend Quality Time Bonding!
The bottom line is if you truly want a relationship with your daughter- you need to cultivate it the way you would any other in your life. So it should be one of your goals to seek out activities (whether they are driving lessons or time at the gym) that will create organic opportunities for you and your daughter to spend time together having fun and hopefully talking– without feeling as though you need to stand on your head and PULL TEETH to get more than a one-word answer from her. Like every mom, that I just really want to be involved in my teen’s life and when it comes to having her become a licensed driver- it is akin to watching my heart outside my body behind the wheel of a car. So parents who are currently in my position or those who have been through this with their own kids, please share your best advice- I’m all ears!
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