For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time
Remember when you were a teenager and how you longed to drive your parents' car? Driving equalled freedom.
Big bragging rights went to the one who could take their friends out for an evening of bad burgers and good fun.
TastyMoments is all about making shared memories, and road trips always promise exciting discoveries and endless adventure. So, if you want your children to enjoy the privilege of the open road, you should start teaching them how to think about it from early on. Children can be sensitised to many of the thought processes you are subconsciously performing while driving. In this way, they can ‘practice’ driving for many years before they get behind the wheel.
- First of all, keep in mind that you are their model. If you get impatient and lose your temper in traffic – or use your mobile phone while driving – this is the behaviour they will adopt. So, attitude should be your numero uno consideration.
- On the school run, for the first 5 minutes or so, point out what you are doing: how you start the car, check the rear-view mirror, reverse, indicate and look out for oncoming traffic.
- In the afternoons, on the way home, make them aware of road signs and also street markings – and, of course, what they mean. And feel free to point out to them when you think you’ve made a mistake. Nobody is infallible. And this is a sure-fire way your kids will learn to trust you and acknowledge and learn from their own mistakes in future.
- Point out ‘hidden’ situations such as a stop sign that might be obscured by a tree or a car that is not sticking to their lane.
- Weather should dictate our driving behaviour. Snow, ice and rain can cause a vehicle to skid out of control, so slow down and point out how you have amended your driving under these conditions.
- If you’re in the car with your kids after dark, talk about the fact that peripheral vision, depth perception and colour recognition is impaired at night. Even though there are fewer cars on the road, most serious accidents take place at night. So, this is a time to be extra vigilant.
- Lastly, NEVER drink and drive. Did I just hear the Wine Mom groan? Then consider a safe taxi service or a lift club. There is no excuse for endangering your own and other lives while under the influence. Got it? Good.
Ok, now that you have your kids thinking about road safety, you can relax and start making an easy evening meal. Ital Pizza Thicka anyone?
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