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Postby nr » Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:12 pm

It is scary raising children through the driving age. My husband made our three kids drive with him past the time they were old enough to get a license. That went on for half a year after age 16 for each of them. Our daughter had an accident when driving on her own (inattentive driving) but the boys never did. Our youngest son said, "I didn't like the extended parental training thing but, you know what, I'm the only one in my group of friends who hasn't ever had an accident."

I often think it might help to raise the driving age even if it makes getting a job more difficult.

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Re: Thank your lucky stars

Postby ranchwife » Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:19 pm

Guest wrote:You need to be extremely grateul your kids were not hurt. one year ago today I burried my 18 yr old son. He had logged thousands of miles, no traffic fines, no bent finders. Comming home from church school with seat belts on and going the speed limit, a state trouper 1/2 mile behind him for miles, he went to sleep at the wheel. Don't give a damn about that sububran but would do anything to have my son back.


my deepest condolences for your tragic loss...read what you had to say and immediately the phone rang...it was my daughter...crying and apologizing for wrecking the car....i cried, too just hearing her voice and knowing she was okay....6 years ago this month, on our very dirt road, a young man 15 years of age, 2 hours after getting his license, wrecked his pickup...his young, promising life was ended by a fence post....i was the nurse on duty that day we tried so much in vain to bring him "back"....the worst part was the family....watching their faces when they were told the tragic news....my biggest nightmare and one you have lived through...my heart goes to you!!!!my god and his angels be with you and your family!

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Postby ranchwife » Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:22 pm

sw wrote:ranchwife,
also been there and done that, mine was the boy, girl never wrecked anything but things on the ranch. had to bury my best friend and my cousin when I was eighteen, just as was posted, things could be way worse than they are. Look at that beautiful sunrise I sent you, take a deep breath, thank God they are ok, THEN SMACK HER ALONG SIDE OF THE HEAD. Have a better rest of the day.


took your advice and it sure helped....both the sunrise and the smack in the head (mine, not hers....LOL!!)....just turned on the radio and guess what was playing??!! martina mcbrides "in my daughter's eyes"....please excuse me while i run for the box of tissues!!!

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Postby Northern Rancher » Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:13 pm

My 13 year old was feeding cows on weekend with my one ton dually with a baledeck when he got pissing around on the ice and rolled a front tire off the rim. Well yesterday I showed him what he got for his birthday-a 16" tire lol. He said 'Gee Dad thanks" lol.

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Postby Oldtimer » Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:00 pm

Northern Rancher wrote:My 13 year old was feeding cows on weekend with my one ton dually with a baledeck when he got pissing around on the ice and rolled a front tire off the rim. Well yesterday I showed him what he got for his birthday-a 16" tire lol. He said 'Gee Dad thanks" lol.


NR- Everytime my kids pulled some stunt or got into trouble and I was chewing them out they'd always say " I suppose you never did anything like that when you were my age?"

I'll never forgive my mother, sister and so-called friends for telling them all the "good old stories" about me.....

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Postby Northern Rancher » Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:40 pm

Oldtimer any stories about me in my youth are considered classified information as far as my kids are concerned lol. I see some teenagers I feel like choking and I get to thinking-that's pretty tame. Besides the differance between a good kid and a bad kid is who got caught lol.

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Postby Steve » Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:34 pm

A friend of mine was always there when I had a bad day. she would always have something kind to say, the one that gets me through the most is;

This day to will pass.

Just remember to tell your children that no matter what tommorow is another chance to start over and get it right.

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After losing a child I would question even that, May GOD give you the courage to make it through this day

all the more reason to forgive, the child and thank GOD that it was only the car that was banged up.

I have a seventeen year old son at home, and Pray that he never gets banged up bad in an accident, I was real hard on him when he was learning, My wife said if I was teaching her she would never drive,....She probably would have done me in on some back road and would of learned on the way home,,LOL
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Postby Denny » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:02 pm

My oldest daughter is going to take her drivers test tommorow I can see the gray hairs growing now. :? :?

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Postby Liberty Belle » Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:41 am

Our oldest grand daughter is due to take her drivers test too. All I can think of is, here we go again..... She is just the oldest of our twelve grandkids (so far!) and my prayer bones will get calluses for sure. :???:

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Postby Australian Cattleman » Thu Feb 17, 2005 4:07 pm

I think most of us with kids have had a few car accidents. We are so thankful almost 4 years ago my stepson then almost 17 took our Toyota Landcruiser (whilst we were away) out onto the main road near our place and proceded to wreck it,he was unlicenced at the time. He was thrown from the vehicle,he had two young lady passengers,none of the three had their seatbelts fastened.
Despite him being unlicenced at the time our stupid road laws allowed him to go and get his licence when he turned seventeen two weeks later. He should have been not allowed to go for his licence for at least a year after the incident.
I've travelled with him once since that event,he has not learned from that experience,he is still an unsafe driver. He has had once accident since in his own car.
My stepdaughter has had 4 accidents,all due to speed,travelling too close behind vehicles in the city and not allowing for the level of skill of other drivers.
We thank god for their survival but wish they would learn before its too late.
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Postby the chief » Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:29 pm

My condolences to all of you on this subject. Especially those who have lost a child in an accident.

My one and only comment, I don't care if it is legal in your state or not, but 15 year olds have no business driving to school. sorry if you disagree, but as an ambulance driver, it is bad enough do those of legal age in this state, let alone someone with a permit.

Maybe your state is different, but I can't help but think that they would be safer on a school bus.

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BTW, hello everyone. First time on this site since the change. Hope to stay on this site and away from the politics. But I wouldn't count on it. :wink:

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Postby Oldtimer » Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:56 pm

the chief wrote:
My one and only comment, I don't care if it is legal in your state or not, but 15 year olds have no business driving to school. sorry if you disagree, but as an ambulance driver, it is bad enough do those of legal age in this state, let alone someone with a permit.

Maybe your state is different, but I can't help but think that they would be safer on a school bus.


Chief- I don't know where you are at, but in many areas out here you have to drive 5-10-20 miles to get to the school bus.... Bus's only run the main roads where their are several kids... Out of stater one time asked me why their were so many "broken down" vehicles parked on the highway approachs- when I figured out what he was talking about, it was all the vehicles that kids had driven to the highway to catch the bus...Some kids are 40 miles from the bus route and 60 miles from the school- some families have to buy or rent a "winter home" in town so mom can live with the kids during the week while they go to school- not many years ago some of the school districts maintained dormitories so the kids could spend the school week at......

As a past school board member I can assure you that education is not something that is taken for granted in this area.........Some have to sacrifice a lot to get it.......


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