Tuesday, June 11, 2013
First her diploma, then her drivers license
So why is my child who has already graduated just getting her drivers license? I have 3 reasons....
1. She graduated young. You probably already know that info if you read my blog.
2. We the parents decide when they get to drive, not the government. Sure she was legally able to when she first turned 16, almost a full year ago, but while the state says you have to practice for a year, mom and dad required more time. While she didn't like the fact that she was the only Sr. whose Mommy escorted her her to homeschool classes this past year, that fact didn't phase me one bit, not even when she pointed out that the Jrs. were also arriving solo. I neither made judgment on those parents who let their kids drive young, nor did I feel the need to put fire under my butt to help her get her license. I knew that I'd know when the right time had come. ...And it came.
3. Permission to drive must be earned in my home. It is not a right. I needed to see dedication, order, and a mature attitude before I would share my car with a child. Not to mention buying them their own car. Who knows when that is going to happen? But I can tell you when I do buy her or my son a car, they will surely deserve it.... or they will buy their own.
(By the way, her older brother doesn't even have his license yet, but that is more of his decision than ours. )
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