How to know if your teen is ready to start driving

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Driving is a rite of passage for many teenagers, and a lot of parents wonder when should I let my teenager start to drive. So I always recommend that parents start really early with their teenagers, At 13, 14, just start teaching them about the responsibility of driving. In my household, we had to wash the cars every weekend for three years before we could get our own car. But when we did, we really appreciated keeping it clean and we had sort of earned a little bit of that money with all the money my parents saved not having to get the cars washed. So start early with teaching them about car mechanics, how to take care of it. When they are 15 or 16, that is when you can really start taking them on driving practice lessons and make them pay for their own car or help them contribute to the car. They can get a part time job or volunteer taking care of your car so they can really feel like they appreciate it when they start driving.
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Vanessa Van Petten

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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website, RadicalParenting.com, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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