Kiddo is obsessed with the idea that she is right around the corner from being old enough to drive.
I use the word obsessed lightly. She's not even as bad as I was, but still, it's so hard to believe she's creeping on that age. She's even said she wants a car for Christmas and fine with not getting her normal truckload of stuff for it.
So, she's been studying the drivers guide from the DMV on and off the last month or two and I'm letting her pull me out of the driveway on to our private road and ride back and forth on the private road with me in the car.
I'm working my butt off at work trying to make sure I can get a good bonus when bonus time comes in November. It's the last month of the quarter to make it count and I totally would love to get this for monkey butt. (not necessarily convertible, but you get the idea, something cute and little like this that she will not go racing on)
She's not even eligible to try for her learners permit until late December, so it's kinda funny to think that we're even exploring this idea.
Why would we do that Christmas instead of waiting until after she's licensed and ready?
One--pure excitement, since drivers licenses aren't on the 16th birthday now. So, a cool gift on Christmas is the next best thing. Plus, I remember my Christmas at 17 when I got my cool car.
Two--our cars include my SUV (large), husbands pickup with a straight gear and our convertible play car, also a straight gear, but also rare and costly to fix problems when they occur. So, we feel like we may have value in having an auto that would be suitable for a newly driving teen.
Our requirements include not having big engine, being safe, not over the top expensive and not a bunch of room in the car. Some say that it's better to get her a bigger car, but I feel like with a smaller car, she'll be better able to refuse to others to tote them around.
I don't want her having a zillion kids in the car distracting her. We do have the advantage of her not wanting a zillion kids in her car constantly. She does better one on one, although her friend circle has grown considerably.
She's showing responsibility and making us proud lately.
I hope we can make this happen for her.