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Right now, I’m doing driver training with my next-to-last home-schooled child. The last one is of age, and itching for her turn. In Kansas, we must spend 50 hours on the road with new drivers before releasing them into the wild. I think this is a great idea, as many parents would spend much less time unless it were required.
Good idea, or not, fifty hours is a huge chunk of time! But I’ve been so glad to spend it with each of my kids in their just-before-independence phase of life. Driving turns out to be a fantastic excuse for discussions of the interior life, spirituality, relationship dynamics, and much more. Now, I wonder how parents raise teens without that mandatory chunk of together-time!
Based on my booklet, Life in Motion: Why I Love Driver Education Time with My Teens, this talk can be tailored to the parents, or to teens. Bored with long hours of parent-supervised drive time? Wait till you hear the huge payoff you can earn during those very hours! Better than a savings account, your drive time will pay huge dividends if you know how to invest them instead of spending them!
When I’ve polished off my last safe driver, I’ll get this little booklet on the road to wider distribution. Let me know if you’d like a copy of it meanwhile.