Encouraging Your Teen Driver – MBFLP 301

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Encouraging Your Teen Drivers

More and more Gen-Z’ers are delaying their driver’s licenses … but we’re helping our eighth child through the process right now! This is a step toward adult independence and a big help to the family right now … as we’ve seen time and again. This episode we’re talking about why and how we encourage our young drivers to reach for the wheel!

This podcast episode sponsored by The Ark and the Darkness.


We’re watching our eighth child going through driver’s ed and preparing for her license, and we’re realizing this is not as common as it once was. When we were teenagers, gaining that license was a major life goal, as soon as the law and the parents would allow it! While it still is for some teens, the numbers have dropped off sharply.

Researchers found the proportion of high school seniors with their driver’s license dropped from nearly 90% in the mid-eighties to less than 75% today. In some states, that number dipped to 65%. *

Some people cite the rise of ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber, and point out they are popular with young people. That may be true enough, but the decline started before ride-sharing was created, and the decline is even greater in rural areas where Uber doesn’t go than in urban areas where the app is popular.

In contrast, we have always felt it important for our teenagers to learn to drive as soon as possible. It’s a step toward adult independence, and a skill that is helpful for so many reasons – for the family they’re in right now, not just future situations!

*[Ref: Jean Twenge and Heejung Park, “The Decline in Adult Activities Among U.S. Adolescents, 1976-2016” (Child Development, 2017)]

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MBFLP – When Should You Get Your Kids Their Driver’s License?

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When we were teens, we couldn’t wait to get our driver’s license — it was a rite of passage! But we hear over and over in homeschooling circles a refrain that leaves us puzzled – and concerned: Families reluctant to help their young men and young women take this step toward adulthood, and in some cases, actively discouraging them. Is it too expensive to insure them? Is it because the family can’t afford another car? Or is there something else going on? We’ve trained four young drivers and are starting with number five, and we’re opening up the question in Episode No. 68 – When Should You Get Your Kids Their Driver’s License?