Time for the permit..give me strength

My daughter Olivia, turns 17 today. I know she was hoping by now she would have her permit and possibly her license, but circumstances stopped that from happening because of her poor choices. I have to admit, I am very relieved she hasn’t been driving. However, I know its time for her to get her permit… UGH.. the one thing I am dreading!

I signed her up this summer at a high school to take Drivers Education  for 4 hours a day for 3 weeks. She loves it. I want her to be taught properly the rules of the road and the law as well. She is really enjoying it and is getting school credit as well.

She is suppose to have a driving log, which means I am suppose to drive with her weekly. I told her that I don’t think I could do it. It just freaks me out the thought of her in that crazy traffic world. It’s scary for me. She has not clue how crazy and stupid other drivers are and that if she doesn’t drive defensively she could end up dead. I know she is excited and this is a big stage in her life, but Mom doesn’t like this stage of life. Mom wants her daughter safe at home. I know that isn’t realistic. Sooner or later, Olivia has to be able to live and deal with the real world.. ugly as it may be at times.

I told her I would pay for a driving school because I simply can not teach her myself. I am a nervous wreck and that will not help her while she is driving.

Funny thing is, now she corrects me when I drive. Maybe I need to go back to drivers ed?

Do you drive with your teen? Do they make you nervous?  Did you teach your teen to drive or do you think Driver’s Ed is the way to go?


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  1. Becca June 19, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Oh man! I wish my son would be more motivated to get his license! He has been 16 for several months now and seems pretty disinterested in going down to pass the permit test so he can get his driver’s permit. I think our problem was that I enrolled my son in online driver’s classes and he didn’t take them seriously and now can’t pass the permit test. If I had to do it again, I would have signed him up for the in-class instruction like you did.

    I am a child psychologist and I hear all the time from my patient’s parents that many kids of this generation don’t seem to have the same interest in driving that we had when we were their age. Perhaps our kids like spending time with us in the car (my son seems to open up about his life on the way to and from school each day) and maybe we should view this as a special time with our kids. Still…it would help me out a ton if he had his license! 🙂

  2. Casey June 24, 2014 at 4:00 am

    My daughter got her license today and I’m a wreck so your post is very timely! Why do all the other parents seem relieved and happy when their kids start driving? I’m usually not a worrier.

  3. Lauren July 12, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Wow! This post brought back memories of my Mom teaching me how to drive. I think it looked similar to that picture. I was super nervous about the whole think. I must have punch the brakes 10 times and my foot was heavy on the gas. I’m surprised we didn’t get into some car accident.

  4. Tara July 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    My oldest is 14 and I’m really dreading the day in one sense because I just can’t imagine her being able to pay attention the way she needs to. However, I think it will be nice when she can run errands and take herself places. She rides her bike now and feels so much freedom from being able to go all over the city to places when she wants to, without having to wait for me to be willing to take her.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

  5. Carey Ann July 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    We are in this exact phase of our lives. I have drivers ed teach her then I “practice” with her. So before I took her out to the freeway, I let the drivers ed instructor do it. Still, I feel like I need a Valium or something before I get in the passenger seat. Not because she’s a bad driver. I just…I just do.

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