Donovan Tessmer was a 17-year-old standout student athlete. He had it all – college scholarship opportunities, a large group of friends and a strong family support system. In a split second, everything changed.
Making mistakes behind the wheel can have serious consequences. Unfortunately, new drivers are going to make mistakes. It’s so common among teen drivers that about half of all teens will get into a crash before graduating from high school. Teens are inexperienced drivers, after all.
One of my favorite things about the holidays is continuing the traditions that I shared with my family while growing up. My dad had a huge heart and taught me the importance of giving back. This Thanksgiving, I took my son Zachary to a local church to help feed those in our community. While I didn’t realize it at the time, I connected with my son in a way I never would have had it not been for my father’s life lesson. It warmed my heart to be able to honor my father in such a meaningful way and bond with my son while teaching him the importance of giving back.
Since I started blogging about safe teen driving four years ago, I have gotten calls on occasion from parents, asking for advice about how to handle their teen drivers. Most recently, I received two calls from mothers who were calling out of fear and panic. Below, as excellent illustrations of the dilemmas of parents, I have recounted their pleas and my responses:
Parents often aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to preparing teens to drive. The prospect of allowing teens behind the wheel often is terrifying, and parents need some coaching to understand how to ease those fears. Not So Fast can help parents with new teen drivers navigate the most dangerous time of their teens’ lives while staying calm and comfortable throughout the learning process.
On Sunday, June 16, millions of children will participate in family festivities to honor their fathers. The day will be filled with love and laughter, and memories will be made by many.
Sadly, some fathers won’t get to have that experience. For these fathers, the day will be spent reflecting on the past, on favorite memories that warm their hearts. For these dads, Father’s Day will never be the same.