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veeg

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With you there veeg. Erin is half way through her second week of second year at primary school and has a cold and cough. 5 years of age with attitude. She has kindly shared her cold with her younger brother. The first few weeks at school are always the same.
Yep...well that snotty nose turned into and congested chest and a ear infection.....
 

DCiAdmin

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My kids are older now. The eldest came home with head lice at the end of last year and started school and had them again within 2 weeks. Argh!
 

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Well, another rite of passage has been met. We bought a 1997 Ford Escort for my 14 (almost 15 year old) daughter. She has had her drivers permit for 9 months and 22 days. Drivers education begins next month and she plans to get a school license in November.

She has a good bit of mileage under her belt already. The summer road trip was a shared driving experience and she did really quite well. I would guess that all together, she has almost 2,000 miles worth of time behind the wheel. So far (knock on wood) there have been no major mistakes. I hope she is able to continue that record. She is a bit "blind" about stop signs, so I do have concerns for when she is driving on her own, but hopefully she will be more attentive when she flies solo.

Am I ready to be the mom of a driving (solo driving!) teen? I'm not sure. Thankfully, I have about a month and a half to wrap my head around this latest "growth spurt".

Oh, and I *think* we are beyond the head lice issue. Our fix? Goodbye Lice by Fairy Tales followed by periodic use of the Fairy Tales shampoo and conditioner.
 

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Ahhh learning how to drive.... My papaw/grandfather such a patient man. I have smashed the front end of his old pick up by running into a tree, almost ran into a stop side, almost ran into a bush... Yet he stays calm, let me know what I did wrong and would take over lol.... I got put in a defensive driver school then... lol

Ahh good times good times :)

To be quite honest though the man is very patient and survived teaching my mom and her two brothers how to drive.He is also a very good driver. He could get a class A CDL license if he needed too.(Currently holds a CDL class B)
 
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Cameldung

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Gee 14 sounds awful young, but I guess im used to rules down here? You have to be 16 to get a learners permit here, and then be accompanied by a licensed driver for a minimum 12 months, and have a log book with 120 hours behind the wheel documented. Then at 17 you can get a P1 (P equals Provisional) licence, and at 18 a P2. After 2 years you can apply for a full licence, depending on any demerit points "earned".

14 sounds scary, but then when you see some of the old farts doing stupid things....................................
 

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14 is scary. But like Oz, a licensed driver is required in the vehicle until a provisional is granted. But here, the provisional is given at 16. It's possible to apply for a school permit though if they live more than 1 mile from the school and have either pre- or post- class activities. School permit drivers cannot carry passengers other than a licensed driver. Both the school permit and the provisional license require driver's education before being eligible. If no driver's ed is taken, then the license cannot be applied for until 18.

I believe if she keeps a log book of driving time and answers some questions both before and after driving, she can get a discount on insurance.
 

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The idea of a discount on insurance for a log book and exam sounds good, but I wonder if Mum might insure the car in her (Mums) name? We did that and were very lucky we didn't lose our long standing no claim discounts on our cars.
 

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Yes, I might be able to do that. Thankfully, I purchased a fairly cheap car for Tessa - $3000 with less than 100,000 miles on it, so liability insurance, even in her name, shouldn't be too bad.
 

veeg

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Gee 14 sounds awful young, but I guess im used to rules down here? You have to be 16 to get a learners permit here, and then be accompanied by a licensed driver for a minimum 12 months, and have a log book with 120 hours behind the wheel documented. Then at 17 you can get a P1 (P equals Provisional) licence, and at 18 a P2. After 2 years you can apply for a full licence, depending on any demerit points "earned".

14 sounds scary, but then when you see some of the old farts doing stupid things....................................

I started at 9 years old...driving to my cousins house and doing doughnuts in the back yard in the chevy 2 after i wash it,my parents didn't know..........:D

By the time i started drivers ed i could drive better than the instructors...
 

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I started at 9 years old...driving to my cousins house and doing doughnuts in the back yard in the chevy 2 after i wash it,my parents didn't know..........:D

1By the time i started drivers ed i could drive better than the instructors...
Ah the joy of mud riding... So much washing and cleaning afterwards... lol
 

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So I have found a great way of getting sick out of a rug after my lovely little son threw up all over it this morning.
Take it outside and blast it with the power washer. Saves time and also gets the rug clean.
Poor Aidan wasn't well today. First time he has been proper sick. I was going to start scrubbing the rug he was sick on and then thought about the power washer. It works a treat. Sprayed a bit of carpet foam cleaner on it first then hung it on the washing line and blasted it.
 

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So I have found a great way of getting sick out of a rug after my lovely little son threw up all over it this morning.
Take it outside and blast it with the power washer. Saves time and also gets the rug clean.
Poor Aidan wasn't well today. First time he has been proper sick. I was going to start scrubbing the rug he was sick on and then thought about the power washer. It works a treat. Sprayed a bit of carpet foam cleaner on it first then hung it on the washing line and blasted it.
That is a great Mr. Mom tip. I bet it works for hangovers when you can't make it to a waste basket or porcelain throne. :D
 
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