— NewDriverMomHi NewDriverMom: Boy, this question truly hit home. Driving, for my son, was an all-consuming quest for most of his sophomore year in high school. And unbeknownst to my family, I felt very similar to you.
First, your feelings are not ridiculous. Your daughter is growing up and craving independence, and you’re struggling to balance letting her go and keeping her close.I will share a personal story that lends a “parenting” perspective. I hope that doing so will help validate your feelings and ultimately make you feel a little less alone.Now onto my story.I was on an airplane when my son took his road test.
The minute the plane landed, I turned on my cell phone hoping there would be good news. Instantly the message popped up: “HE PASSED!!!!”While my husband and daughter sent me a slew of emoticons to show how happy they were for Eli, I burst out crying. Hysterically.
And not the “Wow, I am so proud of you” kind of cry. (Don’t get me wrong, I really was proud). These were more like “OMG! I‘m not ready for him to drive” tears.[Free Download: Evaluate Your Teen’s Emotional Control]Now, I knew my reaction was silly.
We had been working up to this moment for months. And I didn’t have this reaction when my daughter passed her road test. Quite the opposite.
I was so thrilled to have another driver in the house that I did happy dances around my living room! I knew the dangers of teenage driving and how that danger increases when they have ADHD. But that wasn’t really it, as I felt that Eli was a careful and confident driver. He was prepared to take the wheel.So, why such big emotions?To understand my reaction, take a peek into our morning routine.
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