Driving Solo

It’s kind of like the first time that you got to drive without your Mom or Dad sitting beside you in the passenger seat telling you to slow down. You know that feeling as you start up the car and back out of the driveway … and realize that you are all alone? You think that you can go wherever you want at a speed that suits you … but if you drive reckless, there will be consequences.

As your new Frosh heads off to college or university for the first time, it is like they are driving solo. There is no one in the passenger seat telling them that they have an essay due the next day and so they shouldn’t go out to the campus pub. They may not have the peer support group that they had at high school either. 

How do you prepare your child for this whole new experience when they think they know everything? It’s much the same as the steps you took when you taught them how to drive. Role modeling plays a huge part with our children, whether its how we drive or how we drink. Is it time to look at your own alcohol consumption?

Author: Diane RN

I'm a Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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