Wrestle a bear? Spend five minutes with any member of Real Housewives of (insert big city here)? Stand in line at the airport? I’m just listing things you’d probably rather do than teach your teen to drive. But, as you would say, that’s a bad attitude to have. Parent-Taught Drivers Ed has been gaining popularity among families since it’s less expensive than driving school. It doesn’t HAVE to be a stressful experience, though. Here’s why:1) Real Time Bonding
This can go either way. If you two are incredibly tight knit, then spending hours in the car together is likely to be easier. If your relationship isn’t as strong as it used to be, this is an opportunity to unite over a common goal. I guarantee you your kid will be impressed if he or she feels like you’re really on their team during this journey.2) Build Trust
In yourself. You’ve gotten your kid this far, so you’re doing something right! You’ll be a great teacher. And when they do hit the road, you’ll know that you sat next to them during the learning process. This should ease your fears as they pull out of the driveway on their first solo drive.3) Dealing with Anxiety
At first you might legitimately think you’re going to have a heart attack. This is normal. Isn’t it better to experience this now rather than later? By sitting in the front seat next to your young driver, you become accustomed to handing over the reigns. It’s a cool right of passage if you can learn to breathe through it.4) You’ll Be Cool
You will have saved your son or daughter from hours and hours in a car with a boring instructor. So, next time they’re begging you for something and they say, “Come on, Mom (or Dad)!” You can respond with, “Remember that time I taught you to drive? I’ve hit my cool quota.” End argument.5) Memories
It will undoubtedly be messy. But, messy is memorable. Get excited about the opportunity to be in the game with your teen rather than being a spectator. After all, they’re growing up fast.
Heed this information and check out these great suggestions from the Texas AAA. You could also benefit from hearing from a fellow parent. Our friend Gordon Daugherty was in your shoes not that long ago. He was kind enough to share his insight here. Read on and good luck yee wise one!