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This time of year, we’re all thinking about the ambitious goals we’re going to tackle in 2019, the changes we’re going to make and the big payoffs we’re sure are just around the corner.
But a month from now, we’ll all be thinking, well, those goals weren’t that important anyway.
Though we tend to start each new year off optimistically, it’s easy for us to drop our resolutions after only a few setbacks. Why? Because these resolutions are only for us and without someone else there to push us and keep us going, it’s too easy to just drop them after we’ve barely started.
So if you want to make a resolution that will have a big impact and actually stick this year, here’s our suggestion: make your resolution about your teen, not you.
Resolve to help your teen by helping yourself
We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying it: teens are some of the most at-risk drivers on the road and they need your help to both improve and stay safe. This makes your teen’s driving safety a perfect fit for a New Year’s resolution and something that we’re confident will keep you motivated all year long.
It can be as simple as, ‘I am going to make efforts every week to keep my teen driver safe.’ From there, it can take the shape of whatever works best for you and your new driver. The key is staying involved.
Maybe your teen could use some extra practice parallel parking one week or wants to build up experience on multilane roads later this year. This resolution includes it all and gives you the chance to stay on top of your goal while teaching your teen everything they need to know.
Work at it each week
Like all resolutions, the best way to accomplish it is to make small improvements week after week. And this really can make a difference with your teen. Just 30 minutes a week can give them the knowledge and experience to become a responsible driver. And if you’re out of ideas one week, we’ve got you covered.
If you still feel stuck, remember you can always browse through our Pointers for Parents to get some fresh ideas. Not having any lessons to practice isn’t an excuse. And hopefully, with your teen’s safety being the main goal of your resolution this year, you won’t have any others.
We wish you all luck in making your resolution stick in 2019 and we’ll be here every week to help keep you motivated!
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.
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