Yesterday, my eldest son, aged twelve and I participated in a story that aired on Channel 9 News last night, and again on the Today show this morning (I missed this one, so no idea how it went!)
Here’s a pic to prove it 😉
Anyhoo, the story was on a plan to introduce pre-teens (also known as ‘tweenagers’) to driving. As in cars, sadly, not the use of washing powder by the same name. The concept was initiated by the father of two young teenage boys, Eugene Arocca, who would like to see practical driving courses compulsory for kids from the age of 12 years. Which is how we ended up involved in the story.
I think the concept sounds a little more plausible using the term “pre-teen” but when “tween” is brought into the conversation, it kinda uses credibility.
I often find myself in awkward places with stories like this, because I neither think it is a brilliant nor utterly idiotic idea. Or, alternatively, I think it is both a great idea, and a dumb one. At the same time. It’s one of the many multitasking gifts I possess.
Of course, initially, the first reaction is “twelve year olds driving – are you nuts?!” but when you actually read the story, it is about introducing pre-teens to the concept of driving, familiarising them with cars, and giving them a taste of what it