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It sounds like your mom and you need to work on your communication skills, together. This isn't uncommon in the teenage years; you're basically an adult now after all, and it's hard for both of you to work out exactly what that means for your relationship. One of the common issues you have in a relationship like this is escalation. When you were five or ...


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We just (yesterday!) came back from a 10 hour drive from Ontario, canada to MA, USA. It was myself, my husband, and our 1 year old. To go to Boston, we took everyone's suggestions and drove through the night. It may work for others, but it did NOT work for us. It was awful. We started at about 8 PM, and she fell asleep around 9 PM. All fine and dandy. ...


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BOTH! Driving is difficult, particularly when one is just learning, and is exceptionally dangerous. The likelihood of your being better able to teach it than someone who does so for a living is virtually zero. Even if not required by your jurisdiction, get professional training that includes supervised time behind the wheel. Take the time and find a good ...


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I'm assuming that you have no actual say in the matter because he has some degree of independence. You are right in that riding a motorbike does put you at more risk of an injury accident (if you want to know what types of injuries, this article covers them off: http://www.driverknowledgetests.com/resources/common-injuries-motorbike-riders-suffer/). ...


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The bad news is your baby is going to make you stop whether you want to or not. The good news is that makes it so you don't really have to guess how long is too long. You know how long you go between diaper changes and feedings now. Plan to stop at those intervals at the very least, then double it to get a probable worst case. As for how long you ...


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I DO NOT recommend night driving--especially if your drive is in excess of ten hours. There are several reasons for this: If your initial drive-time is 10 hours, you should probably add another 2-4 hours of drive time with kids. So now your drive is between 12 and 14 hours. Even if you drive overnight, you are going to have to stop for fueling, food, ...


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I know it is common that we think we can teach our kids to drive better than some school. I know I feel that way myself. However, studies show that kids who learn from someone other than their parents tend to do better on driving exams. Of course, this could simply be a manifestation of the Dunning-Kruger. The state where I live has Driver's Ed available ...


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When she starts yelling at you, stop/pull over at the earliest point possible and tell her to get out of the car. Most people are taken aback by this because it's something they almost never hear. She will probably then ask why, which is your cue to explain to her that her yelling is distracting you and you do not feel safe with her in the car and are ...


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Some ideas you may not have tried for the baby: Maybe he's getting too much air, or too little. Check to make sure sun isn't getting in his eyes. Try running your errands at different times of the day. Try vibrating the car seat with your hand. Try having the non-driving adult sit in the back next to him. For the distracted driving part, the best thing ...


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We were in the same boat with our son; he would only settle down when we sped up on the highway, leading to his nickname of Ricky Bobby. We found that, weather permitting, cracking the back windows to allow a bit of white noise from the wind would help a bit. For myself, however, I had to do a LOT of self-talk to keep my mind on driving and not on his ...


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For some reason driving seems to bring out the worst in a lot of people. It can be frustrating from the driver's seat and frustrating as a passenger hence road rage and "back seat drivers". I don't suppose that your mom is yelling on purpose so I don't think that trying to explain to her or asking her nicely to change her behaviour will work. Some people are ...


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Maximize baby's sleeping time during the drive. Drive through the night if possible arriving in the morning. Keep him entertained, bring new toys. Have one adult seat in the back with the child. Stop in the parks or playgrounds, not rest areas, where he can run and spend some energy. GPS usually is good with helping you find these places on the way. In ...


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While it might be useful on a long road trip to be able to do this, it is certainly easier to do this when at a rest stop - one of mine really needed to be burped after a bottle, and this worked best in the traditional 'over the shoulder' position, so we couldn't have done that safely when driving. It also gives both the driver and partner time to work ...


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I was not aware of countries that allow driving lessons exclusively by the parents. I do know that both Sweden ("övningskörning") and Austria ("L17") allow the parents or legal guardians to provide training in theory and practise from age 17 (in Europe, 18 years is the minimum age for driving). But these trainings are only preparatory; there must still be ...


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My husband and I visit his family in Wisconsin at least once or twice or year. Until this year, we lived in Tennessee and this was a 12+ hour drive which we dutifully did with our son/son and daughter until this year when we realized that driving from Georgia would add another 4 hours to the drive. So now we fly. During that time, we ALWAYS stopped to ...


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I recommend fewer, longer stops instead of short, frequent stops. I have routinely driven 6 hours each way with my son to visit family. I've learned that he does better, and we can usually make it with 1 stop or 2 if we stop and eat and play for a while. Usually the stop takes about an hour, but then we have an easier time in the car for a longer time ...


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Lots and lots of snacks, preferably things they can pick out and eat themselves like trail mix type things. A bag or basket of new (to them) dollar store toys / stocking stuffer type things. Depending on the child you can either give them the whole bag themselves to explore, or produce things one at a time as necessary. Stickers / sticker books. Games: ...


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In the UK there is no requirement for a professional to teach your child, however they must sit the test with a professional. I started learning to drive very young, so by the time I was 17 and allowed to drive on the road I had a few lessons with my dad and a couple from a professional to confirm that I was learning the right things. I think as long as you ...


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If I can summarize first, it seems the real question is this: The primary issue I have while driving with him like that is that I end up distracted... Half the time there's only one driver, so the other one of us can't distract/soothe him. The difficulty seems to be fully focus on driving, despite your crying infant. As I've driven van-fulls of ...


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No one has said this exactly, so I'll throw this out in hopes of it helping. We are, as parents, hard-wired neurologically to respond to our infant's cry with a fight-or-flight response; there is nothing you can do about that except to read about it and accept that this isn't a true emotion per se but a neurological response that evolved to assure parental ...


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We've had the same issue with our son once we changed his car seat to a forward-facing one, where his older sister is fine for exactly 8.75 hours before she needs a break in the car! What we think it was, was simply the car seat bottom and angle. It would likely just cause a sore butt and/or lower back. Once we placed a new car-seat, the child is fine(r). ...


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Ive found a small, cheap, headrest-attached DVD player to work wonders for 2-4 year olds to be a great way for them to pass long car journeys (regularly do 4-5hr drives with mine).


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Night drive The first idea that comes to my mind is driving at night. Our son often falls asleep in the car, most likely because of the movements and the white noise. I have a 14-hour drive to my family, from Austria to Denmark, and this is how I would do it. Prepare and pack the car during the day or early evening. Make sure you're well rested on this ...


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I realized there was one important aspect of the question that nobody else hit on, so I felt it appropriate to provide my own answer. While performance on a driving test and cost savings are important factors to consider, I think a more important factor is that as a parent you personally feel comfortable letting your child drive. I want to be able to know ...



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