When our children begin the process of learning to drive, we try to make sure they are well prepared for every situation. We might discuss defensive driving with them, talk to them about always being cautious while passing other drivers, and of course, to be diligent around school zones. Then one unsuspecting day, the phone rings and on the other end is your child…”I have a flat tire.”
This is when we realize that what we sometimes forget to mention are the life skills that go along with being a responsible driver. You know the ones: dealing with a flat tire, checking your oil, changing brake pads, knowing what to do if you smell maple syrup while driving, and even knowing when to pull over.
There are so many skills we need to teach our children that sometimes we skim over some of the most important ones because we just didn’t think about them at the time. That is until we get a call that the tire is flat. It is in this moment that we may be thinking, I can’t believe I didn’t teach him/her how to change the tire, how did I miss that one?
Taking it a step further and you may even have realized that you forgot to teach them roadside safety for such an instance as this. So, when the rubber meets the road, they need so many life skills.
Skill Trek is Here to Help
This is where a program like Skill Trek comes in infinitely handy. Once completing the tasks assigned to them, I know that my children will know their way around a vehicle. In fact, my preteen children who are not yet driving are already learning skills that will help their older siblings who can now drive. We have children who can check the oil, fill-up the tank and add fluids to the car as needed. These skills help not only the individual child but also the entire family as we teach them to work together and help one and other.
Imagine this scenario for a moment, my young driver and her pre-teen brother are driving when all of a sudden they have to deal with a flat tire. Since both of them have learned some of these amazing life skills through their work in the Skill Trek program my non-driving son can help out his older sister (who happens to be in her finest church clothes) by changing the tire for her.
Who says that siblings cannot offer care and assistance to one and other? This program is fantastic for not only teaching life skills but also helping families grow closer together.