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Date Posted: 18:27:10 05/10/05 Tue
Author: Bee
Subject: WOW
In reply to: Jean 's message, "Ok,...I have a topic to talk about" on 03:16:51 05/09/05 Mon

That is a tough one. You see, we are not much better off in terms of income, but here is what I see as essential: They DO need to learn to drive. Why I feel that is important is because they can help out in errands or an emergency.

I know you can't cut corners, but what about them getting jobs to help pay for their insurance and gas money in exchange for use of the cars? Do you have public transportation where you live? Is the job market friendly to teens just graduating?
What about you doing daycare in your home during the summer?

Were their grades good enough to get a good driver discount?
Some insurance companies will do that.

Now, back to your situation: No, it isn't totally necessary for them to have every single thing, but dear girl, it isn't like they all have cell phones, game boys and computers and television sets in their rooms. And what we are talking about is a life skill, not being quick on the trigger finger at the mall.

However, and I say this with love and caring for you and your family; see if they can get jobs and help one another out in making insurance payments and gas for the car.
If they can't, see if you can carry collision and uninsured motorist coverage if your car is paid for. That can usually save a bundle.

They are already learning negotiating skills which will stand them in good stead, as well as learning that they do have something to bargain with. They will turn out just fine even if they don't get insured to drive until they are 18.

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