When your child’s driving is no longer just up the wall!

April 23, 2013

Bits and Pieces, Parenting

I know every Mum laments the all-too quick passing of years, but seriously, last week in one sudden swoop my first born turned 16 and became a learner driver. These two milestones combined to prove a slap of reality for this Mum who, despite being cough …. shhhh mid 40s, furiously denies birthing a child now more than 5844 days old.

For goodness’ sake, having teen children is one thing but, having a driving child in the house adds an entirely new dimension to life indeed … and it’s been less than a week! There’s a long way to go yet – approximately one year and 96 on-road hours – but I keep chanting that if my parents managed to do it for me, then anything is possible.

Yesterday, after school was the first time we drove together, my big boy and I. This time though, our positions in the car were reversed and it seemed very odd indeed. I may eventually get used to it, guess I’ll have to as there is no way of unwinding the clock and recapturing some of the time that sped too quickly by.

It was backroads and side streets for this first ride, so my fingernails are still intact and the hair no greyer than it was that morning. Surprisingly I only flinched twice, swore once and did not feel the need to pray for my life at all. That’s good, isn’t it?

To be sure though, I have set some parameters and these are non-negotiable – no driving with the other kids in the car, I choose where we go and for how long PLUS 2 professional driving school lessons need to be had soon. Already he has decided that he doesn’t like sharing the road with trucks or tractors but he does think the Subaru is nice to drive. Of course now he’s had a taste of driving Mum’s car, I’m sure I can score a wash and polish using the promise of a spin as a teaser!

Just look at the pride on that face behind the wheel, not to mention the pride that was on the face behind the camera. Sigh ……. fancy me being the mum of a teen, a pre-schooler and also a driver. Who would have thought?

Have you encountered the learner-driving scenario yet? How did it go?

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12 Responses to “When your child’s driving is no longer just up the wall!”

  1. Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right Says:

    Ha! Your boy not only looks proud, but like a cool cat behind some hot wheels! (Yes, I know how 70s cheeseball that sounded!)

    I did not need you to calculate how many days old your boy is, because we are less than 365 days behind and it hurts my head.

    Congrats on this milestone in yours and your boy’s life – I think swearing only once bodes very well for the next 96 hours of driving.


  2. Deb @ Home life simplified Says:

    Good luck with that – since i came to driving late and hubby had to supervise endless hours with me he has declared I am to teach the girls – eek! Can I wait til they are 20?


  3. Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions Says:

    Oh gosh, I can’t even begin to comprehend this! But I’m sure ill blink and it will be Punky behind the wheel, god help me! He certainly does look proud of himself. And you should be proud too! I hope the driving continues to go well.

    The only leaner driver experience I have had was giving my little sister a few lessons and that was daunting to say the least. I am very much not looking forward to when it is Punky’s turn!

    #teamIBOT was here!


  4. Grace Says:

    Check out that smug grin! Love it!
    And you’re absolutely right – if our parents could put up with us learning how to drive, I guess it’s our turn. How I’m going to teach 2 at a time…I have yet to figure that one out. And thank goodness – a bit of time :)


  5. Rhianna Says:

    What a great photo, he is as proud as punch isn’t he. Good on you with the rules and things. I remember my dad saying to me when I got my license, just because some idiot at MVR said you can drive it doesn’t mean I think you can!


  6. Janet Says:

    I have TWO learners at the moment! Mr 18 and now Miss 16 … aaggghhh!


  7. carmen Says:

    I have to say that our first rule with the teens is that they must take at least three sessions with a driving school before setting out in the car with the parents!
    So far, I’ve avoided the responsibility and the other half has drawn that short straw!
    Mind you, my first flatmate was a driving instructor and I doubt I could be surprised after daily hearing of her lessons! :)
    Enjoy the challenge!!


  8. Emily @ Have a laugh on me Says:

    Geez talk about freaky stuff! I’m dreading that stage, but I suppose it’s all part of being a parent. Can’t wait for a blog post on it! Em x


  9. Me Says:

    It’s scary how quickly time flies. Our baby is turning 21 next month !!! A took her for her first few lessons. We let her drive the automatic until she was comfortable with road placement, going around corners, other traffic on the road and then she swopped over to a manual. She wants to join the police and they have told her any more speeding fines and she won’t be able to so that has slowed her down which I am very thankful for !
    Have the best day !
    #IBOT visitor


  10. Ash K Says:

    It goes so quickly doesn’t it? I made my Mr 18 have 10 private lessons before I let him get in a car with anybody else to get his hours done. It was bloody expensive but so worth it because his good habits are well established now. Also, in NSW those 10 hours count as 30 hours towards the 120. NRMA also have free membership for under 21′s and it gives them free roadside assistance too, even if they are just a passenger in the car needing help. Good luck with the rest of the hours – they’re a bugger!


  11. Rita Says:

    He look so proud on that first picture!


  12. Mum Talks Autism Says:

    Mine is now 20 and we are still working on that license and his hours. He keeps making excuses not to get them up though and I think it is more to do with his personal fear (and having high functioning autism) than anything else. But we will keep trying and encouraging him and we too will hopefully get there. Not that I’m in too much of a rush to be honest.

    I took photos of D20 just as you did of your beautiful boy and my heart felt the love and pride from behind the camera through these photos of your beautiful boy because I had felt it too.

    Best of luck with the lessons lovely. I can not believe our babies are getting so very very big. Where on earth did the years go.

    Much love. MTA


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