My son is finally taking his 5 hour driving class...

United States
November 14, 2015 10:26am CST
He's been 18 for 6 months as of yesterday. He could have gotten his license 2 years ago! My rule at the time was that I wasn't going to help him pay for any of it. To get his permit would have cost about $100. I didn't really have the money to spend, and I wanted him to learn responsibility.. so I put my foot down and said I won't pay for the permit. He would have to get a job and do it himself. Instead he found friends to drive him around. He wouldn't get a job. He had a summer job but spent all the money on fun stuff and junk food, not his permit. Finally, this past spring I gave in and paid for his permit for him. I started to see that it would be easier on me if he drove. But I insisted the rest would be on him. He still did not see a real need to drive, until this fall when he started school and work. He has to rely on us for rides, and work around our schedule. Some days he's at school an hour early because that's when hubby goes to work. Some days he's at school a bit late because hubby has to put the younger boys on the bus before he can leave. Then after school is a big problem because we're both at work and my son can't find rides. So today he's finally taking his 5 hour driving class which is required before he can schedule his road test to get his license. When he gets home we'll schedule that road test and he'll finally be driving! We're all looking forward to it as it's been heck picking him up from work at midnight every night!
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• United States
15 Nov 15
When my children were old enough to drive it was a huge relief not having to do all that chauffeuring around for them
• United States
15 Nov 15
I can't wait till the twins can drive, they're the ones who are always so busy!
@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Nov 15
I am willing to help The Girl get her license, but she's wasted time and money without really doing the things necessary to pass her test, so we've spent money and she failed. So, I can only hope she's learned her lesson and is willing to listen to advice now, because unless she does, I cannot help her in any way.
• United States
14 Nov 15
That's why I wanted my son to take responsibility for his own license, so that way if he fails it's only his money he's wasted, and maybe he'll take it seriously if it's his own money. But now that he really needs a car he's gotten pretty darn serious about getting his license.
@jstory07 (71168)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Nov 15
I made my youngest three pay for their class and the test and than they got their license. they worked two summers and got their license at 18 and saved the money to buy their first car. We paid some money to help them with the cars.
• United States
14 Nov 15
The problem is my son has seen no need to do any of this... now he has a need. He wouldn't have listened a couple years ago that he'd someday really need his license. Hopefully the rest of my kids will be a bit more motivated to get their license faster.
@amnabas (10311)
• Karachi, Pakistan
14 Nov 15
Well its good he is learning to drive it gets convenient to reach the destinations.
@sishy7 (27594)
• Australia
14 Nov 15
That is exactly what my son is going to do this upcoming summer holiday...
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
14 Nov 15
I hope it goes well for him.