Ah, the joys of teenager-dom. And with those comes the stress of other things, besides raging teen hormones. Such as (cue “Jaws” theme here) driver’s ed. Yes, your teen learning how to drive can easily rank right up there with in the top 10 stress-filled situations.
I bring this up because my son recently attended a driver’s ed class held at one of the local high schools. It was classroom work for a week, and then they schedule six hours of drive time with the instructor in the coming months. This is a godsend, because although some teens might be a breeze in this situation, my son, as much as I love and appreciate him, will not be. So I’m thankful for professional instructors who do this year in and year out, and have a great deal of experience with new teen drivers.
In the meantime however, we can’t keep him from behind the wheel until then, as he does need to have some time in the car for familiarity’s sake. And that’s what has me a bit worried. The least little suggestion I make or bit of advice/correction I offer (no matter how gently or kindly given) is likely to be met very crossly or seen as criticism. So I’m thinking that I need to raid my perfume drawers, bags and boxes to find some anti- stress scents double-quick. Either that or just let my DH handle all the early drive time. In fact, they’re out getting some road experience as I write this. When they get back, I’ll ask DH if he needs any kind of stress relief, ha!
Let’s see what “calmers” come to mind for me: Kai, Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Mission Cologne, Le Labo Vanille 44, Parfumerie Generale Indochine, Juliette Has a Gun Gentlewoman, or Huitieme Art Sucre d’Ebene.
Wonder how much less stress I’d feel if I wore them all at once? 🙂 Of course, said teen driver would probably refuse to get in the car with me.
What about you — what are your most fortifying stress-fighting scents? Or what hair-raising or rib-tickling teen driver stories do you have to share?