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  •  Oh yea (6+ / 0-)

    I started teaching my son to drive when he was around five. I would explain the rules of the road and what I watched for and to look for escape routes. At early ages they will listen intently.

    By the time they are teens, the parent is often just that person that doesn't like their music and dresses funny.

    •  I did the same thing with my son (2+ / 0-)
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      on driving, plus I taught him that a car is as much a weapon as is a loaded gun if handled incorrectly and, so far, he is accident free while approaching his 44th b'day.

      I must say that he was a very easy child to parent, too, and I consider myself very lucky in that respect.

      Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

      by Ellen Columbo on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 09:49:52 AM PDT

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      •  He was an easy child (4+ / 0-)

        because you made it easy for him by setting limits.
        My son was an easy child too even as a teenager. He only defied me once telling me he's going to a friend's house instead he went to a party  he wasn't allowed to go.  I found out and went and took him home.
        But I was always only a phone call away when he needed me.

        El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

        by mint julep on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 10:08:37 AM PDT

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        •  I probably wouldn't have. . . (1+ / 0-)
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          . . .taken him from the party. I probably would have questioned him upon coming home and would have worked from there. My concern would be the embarasment, which I have never used as a punishment.

          But, I'm not too sure. I very well might have gone and picked him up. Especially if I thought there was danger in him being there.

          Parenting can be so damned difficult. But, it beats NOT PARENTING , which is what that mother in the store was guilty of.

          •  The party was given (0+ / 0-)

            by scum bag who preyed on young people. Not enough evidence to charge him. I didn't just take him out to embarrass him but my foster son was there too and he was court ordered to stay away from that guy. It's a long story...
            I made it known to all the kids there why I was such a bitch that night. Most of them there were regulars at my house and knew me well. There was no embarrassment intended and my son knew it.
            The guy eventually went to jail for a couple of years.

            El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

            by mint julep on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 09:49:02 PM PDT

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    •  Ha!! (1+ / 0-)
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      When my nephew was about 4, we were driving ... somewhere (don't remember details) down the freeway, when a BMW zoomed past, easily 15 MPH above the speed of traffic, dodging in and out of lanes.

      I was less than overjoyed about that, but had a little guy in the back, and so was determined to keep quiet, when out of the rear seat, a little voice piped "Asshole!"

      He'd been driving with my dad (he of the hair-trigger temper) too often, I guess.  Not laughing was difficult, though.

      They pick up every influence around them.  The hard part is helping them determine which influences are good, and which ain't.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 02:44:07 PM PDT

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