My son is almost fourteen and we’re already letting him drive. Does this freak you out? Before you jump out of your own car and call the cops, let me explain. He’s not driving on major roads or anything like that. But we’re letting him slowly get used to being behind the wheel.
Is this a crazy thing to do? I don’t think so. I remember when I was about his age, my dad let me get behind the wheel and he would let me drive around the neighborhood “circle.”
Both my husband and I feel that we’re instilling some self-confidence in our son, he’s learning how to react behind the wheel, he’s feeling what it’s like to to work the brake and gas pedals (because do you remember when YOU first started driving how awkward that felt?), and he’s becoming familiar with how the car operates.
We’re not going to let him do this daily, and we’re never going to let him out on busy streets, or in areas where there are children or lots of traffic. We want him to start feeling comfortable with a car, we want him to learn that it’s not a game on the Xbox, and we want to start explaining the rules of the road. Because in a blink of an eye, he really will be ready to take the keys and get in that car on his own, and we want him to be as prepared as he can possibly be.
Do you have kids nearing the driving age, or do you have kids who are already driving? How do you feel about how we are slowly moving into this next phase of parenthood?