My Twins, Kahlil & Cameron, will be 16 on Monday!!…And my husband bought them a car! OMG! (Now would be a good time to add ME to your prayer list!) Aaron came home, parked the Call of Duty Jeep in the driveway and their reaction was priceless; as was mine, in a scared-to-death-kinda-way. After I took 500 pictures for their baby book (yes, I said baby book!) we decided to go for a quick driving lesson. I was not prepared!
Teaching your child to drive a stick shift can be a potentially traumatic experience!! To minimize the pain & anxiety, I would highly encourage you to:
- Take some Excedrin in advance as you will suffer migraines in the process
- Buy a neck brace from your local pharmacy to support the bobble-head effects
- Have a barf bag nearby in case you get queasy from the car jerk motion
- Make sure you have plenty of wine for afterwards to relieve your stress
- Be prepared to take off work the next day to recover from the trauma & to cry because your kids are growing up
LOL!!! I’m just kidding… well, sort of!
Our reason in choosing a stick over an automatic is simple. I want my kids safe! I know they’ll push boundaries, they already do; but in a car, the stakes are much higher. Shifting requires active engagement and attention. With one hand on the wheel and the other on the clutch, texting and talking on the phone while driving is practically impossible. So once I started giving myself the Mommy Pep Talk, “they’ll be just fine Nicole, stop worrying!” my mind settled… just a little.
My first car was a stick shift, a 1988 Maroon Honda Civic named Betsy (don’t ask!). I vividly remember it rolling back on inclines, shutting off at every stoplight and jerking when it wasn’t in gear…awe what memories! Within a few weeks though, I had figured it out and I was off to college, rolling around campus with a huge ego like, “hey look at me, I’m driving a stick shift!” LOL!!
So we pulled up to the boys’ school parking lot and their driving adventure began. My Mom was really patient when she taught me how to drive, so I mean, seriously, how hard could it be to teach them? Well let’s just say I recorded it, but it needs an explicit warning label attached to it. We are Christians and we love the Lord…but sometimes we curse, just FYI!
These two 1-minute videos are a quick glance at how fun it can be with one twin in the driver seat and the other one critiquing! I’ll keep you posted on their progress!
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.