Backseat Driver

Lately I've been getting a little taste of my own medicine when I'm in the car. Almost every time that I'm behind the wheel, a little voice from the backseat pipes up to give me driving directions at lights, turns, and stop signs. Yep, my 3-year-old Brody has certainly become quite the backseat driver. I'm not even going to try to deny where he gets all his driving tips. Admittedly, I am a horrible backseat driver. Throwing the "mom arm" in front of the hubby at quick stops--guilty. Offering up alternate routes that I think are quicker or safer--guilty. Clenching the side of the door when I think we're going too fast--super guilty! So now, I have unwittingly passed this on to my little guy.

I first starting noticing Brody's backseat driver tendencies last week. The two of us were headed down a long country road. The sun was shining, a favorite song was playing, and the wind was whipping our hair from the rolled down windows, when I hear "slow down mom." Since I was going the speed limit, I didn't think anything of the little comment. During another drive through a roundabout, I got a "be careful mom." The comment that made me laugh out loud, though, was a "you're making me nervous!" I know Brody got those words directly from my mouth. After several trips with my backseat driver, I explained to Brody that I always make sure I'm driving safe since he is very special cargo. I probably should have seen this coming. Brody is more than willing to dish out advice to his toy cars during playtime. Ted says he has even started getting driving tips from Brody these days. (I'm starting to feel bad that he has to listen to both of us now!)

I'm hoping that this could be a good thing by the time Brody's 16th birthday rolls around. Maybe he'll have absorbed all the advice he has been giving me and be an extra safe, courteous, and alert driver. If that's the case, then I welcome that little voice from the backseat!

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Kristina Uelk
Kristina Uelk is the host of MomsEveryday in Michiana.
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