My teenage girl has been bugging me for weeks to let her get a car. She just has had her permit for only6 moths and she hasn't had too much experience driving .
This is a big step. It's the step of letting go i fear the most . To let them go out and trusting them to make good choices. She thinks I don't love her but I love her too much. I try to tell her also that finaces are low also. You cannot just buy the car.It's the insurances rates are killers and expenses to fix the car but she don't want to hear all that. I try to remember what it was like to be a  teen . We wanted a car at that age too. To be like our friends and be all cool . I guess  being a single Mom I worry  twice as bad. I knew day was coming  I am just not ready.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Apr. 9, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I hear ya! :-) I think it's okay for her to "use" your car (or a family car) for awhile....until she has more experience and a means to pay the expenses, you know? Good Luck!

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Apr. 9, 2011 at 10:50 AM

My 18 year old still has her permit but we are getting ready to take her to get her license.  I'm scared to death of her making sound choices once she does have her license.  We have a car for her that we will give her once we get new rims, change out fluids and a few other minor things to get it on the road. She needs to get a job so she can pay for insurance and all of the expenses that will come with vehicle ownership too before we hand it over.  She drives me crazy some days cause she is so eager to get her license...what are you donna do right?


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Apr. 9, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I handled it completely the opposite. Like my dad did me. I gave my son our old pickup truck and told him he had to have a license, he had to have money for it and for gas, and he had to be responsible for his own transportation everywhere from now on.

He does very well, with no fear from us. We refuse to live in fear. At 16 he is capable of driving a car safely and is proud that his parents trust him and encourage him. Enjoy your teenagers, remember how you were at that age, and stop living in fear. Give your kids the right tools to make the right decisions and then support them in their decisions. GL ladies.

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