5 Reasons Why You’re a Better Driver Than Your Parents

Your parents may have had the advantage of learning to drive first and so have years more experience when it comes to driving. However, times have changed and you may not realise it, but you may actually be a better driver than your parents now. For one thing learning to drive considering the traffic situation today gives you an edge, plus in order to obtain your licence you have to take (and retake for some) numerous driving lessons and tests before you are considered worthy of the privilege of hitting the roads on your own.

Learning to drive makes you clock in hundreds of hours of driving in different situations. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes, and the more practice you have, the better you get at handling your car and being aware of the things around you. Here are five of the best reasons why you are—or will—become a better driver than your parents.

You have intensive driving lessons.

Your parents probably learned to drive from their parents. Now, you may have had your first few lessons from your parents as well, but with driver’s education being part of many schools, you have the edge of textbook and practical knowledge from the best teachers in the field of road safety.

You get to learn not only about how to make a car move but the rules of the road as well. Through the lessons, you become informed about what road signs mean, what to look out for, and what to do when you figure in an accident on the road. Many institutions offer driving lessons in addition to advanced courses in basic troubleshooting and more guided hours behind the wheel in various situations such as rain and snow.

Driving schools provide instructions on technique and guide you in practising your driving skills until you are ready to take your theory and actual driving tests.

Bad traffic is good for you.

Fewer cars were on the road when your parents first learned to drive. Now, you’ll have to agree that the roads have definitely become more crowded with all sorts of vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and other things you have to be aware of and watch out for. The traffic situation today is vastly different from 20 years ago. Learning to drive in today’s challenging environment allows you to be more cautious and become better on the road.

You know the rules.

Times have indeed changed, and the Highway Code is no different. Your parents may have the same old rules stuck in their heads, and may not be aware of the new road signs being used to direct traffic. Part of your education involves knowing what the new laws are, what signs mean, and how these will affect your driving.

You take advantage of technology.

The unwieldy maps of old have transformed into small and portable GPS and navigation devices that can lead you to your destination without you having to take your hands off the wheel.

Physical maps used by your parents when they get lost can be a problem, especially when you need to focus on the road in front of you. With your own navigation system installed in your smartphone, you would only have to say where you need to go, and your app will tell you where to turn.

You have more opportunities to improve.

There’s always room to grow when it comes to your driving skills. You can take an advanced driving course offered by trained professional drivers. You can also take advanced driving tests that will give you an edge and make you qualify as a professional driver yourself! Your parents may have become satisfied with what they know and what they can do, but you know you can still improve your knowledge and skills with the resources and opportunities available to you. And this, truly, is what makes you a better driver.

My Experiences with Dove Advanced Care Deodorant #Sponsored #MC #SleevelessSummerSweeps

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.”

1.	Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture keeps you dry and odor-free for a long-lasting 48 hours.

I am always on the lookout for a deodorant that will work long term and keep my underarms feeling smooth. I wrote a bit ago about Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture and after testing it out, for a few weeks, I have come to fall in love with this product. I am reluctant to change a product once I have used it efficiently, such as deodorant, being that I need a strong one to hold up to my Mom days with my rough n tumble sons and my tween and teen age girls. Most deodorants that work for myself and my tween cost a little bit extra, but boy do they work great! The average price for this line of Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture is $4.99 to $6.49 for a 2.6oz stick. While you may not currently spend that amount, I can tell you this price is so worth it.

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  • Dual-purpose items are perfect for the summertime. I love boxy sleeveless shirts that hit around the hip bone. They are a throwback to the ‘60s, and are great to wear with a cute pair of cropped jeans or perfect to throw over a bathing suit at the beach. I am also a big fan of sleeveless shirt dresses and halter tops because they look great on everyone and can be dressed up or dressed down!
  • For petite women who would like to create the appearance of more broad, square shoulders, it would be better to wear a sleeveless top that highlights the collarbone. Cap sleeves can also do this for petite women. If a woman has broader shoulders, I would recommend a strapless cut.


During my review days of Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture, I was to test the ability to stay odor free as well as to have smoother underarms, because you all may have or may not have experienced that underarm razor burn. I know I do. All the time. I haven’t had to worry about my underarms using Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture, not once. I also sent my tween to school with a stick in her bag, after all we have been hit with this super humid, hot time in New Hampshire just in time for school starting. My tween is sitting in a hot and sticky classroom all day and I wanted to be sure she had a backup on hand that could take on that humidity level with ease!

Put it this way, I am willing to pay for something that is worth the cost and outcome, Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture has proven to me during this test trial that they live up to their word;

  • Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provides softer, smoother skin in just three days.
  • Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture keeps you dry and odor-free for a long-lasting 48 hours.

My tween enjoyed testing Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture and I believe she is now just as much addicted to using this in the future as I am. We both used the same type of deodorant in the past, that actually cost about $5 per stick, so really we save a little bit of cash using Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture and I can honestly say – I love smelling fresh at the end of the night when 9pm hits, instead of wondering “who is that smelly person sitting on my recliner” …

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{GIVEAWAY} Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built to Amaze #Ringling #BuiltToAmaze

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built to Amaze and my family will be attending with promotional tickets to share our thoughts about the show. All opinions shared are that of my own.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze

I remember one instance, back as a really young child, attending a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show with my aunt and uncle I do believe. What the show was and how much I loved it, really honestly is something I cannot tell you for my memory fades me. I do know, however, that this October, I will be attending Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built to Amaze in Manchester, NH with promotional tickets for part of my family. The boys will not be attendance, instead they will head to their Dads while the girls head to this show with me as an early birthday gift for Miss Ki.

Manchester, NH: Thursday, October 2nd – Sunday, October 5th
Worcester, MA: Thursday, October 9th – Columbus Day, Monday, October 13th
Boston, MA: Wednesday, October 15th – Sunday, October 19th

Above at the show locations and times for this spectacular event, below is more details on how you can save money buying tickets for opening night. Some locations, such as the Worcester, MA location, will have an Animal Open House where circus go-ers can get up close with some of their favorite animal stars. Beginning 90 minutes before show time, the Animal Open House is FREE to all ticketholders. Visitors can learn about Ringling Bros. biggest stars, the Asian elephants, and Ringling’s commitment to animal conservation through informational kiosks, audio tours, or by asking one of the dedicated animal care team members.

The Ringling Bros.® Ringling Girls and Barnum B-Boys encourage kids to participate in a tug-of- war and kick off what will soon become an insane battle of girl power versus boy power in Built To Amaze! Audiences also can pick up some hip dance moves during the dance party, try on custom designed costumes, learn circus skills like juggling from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and even have the opportunity to witness and win a one of a kind masterpiece created by Asia, Ringling Bros. very own painting pachyderm!

As a way to assist in gearing up some excitement, I am hosting a giveaway for a 4-pack Family Tickets to Opening Night in Manchester, NH. That is Thursday, October 2, 2014 for Opening Night in Manchester, NH.


 Ends September 16, 2014 at 12am Eastern Time

Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.


** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Manchester, NH

Ticket prices start at $25, $40 (VIP), $65 (Front Row), $95 (Circus Celebrity). (All tickets subject to applicable handling, convenience and facility fees). Save $10 when purchasing tickets for Opening Night.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (1-800-745-3000) and at the Verizon Wireless Arena Box Office. For group rates and information, call 603-644-5000 x 6008.

Worcester, MA

Ticket prices start at $25, $40 (VIP), $60 (Front Row), $90 (Circus Celebrity).  (All tickets subject to applicable handling, convenience and facility fees). Save $10 when purchasing tickets for Opening Night. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) and the DCU Center box office. For group rates and information, contact groups@dcucenter.com or call 508-929-0125.

Boston, MA

Ticket prices start at $25, $50 (VIP), $85 (Front Row), $140 (Circus Celebrity). (All tickets subject to applicable handling, convenience and facility fees). Save $10 when purchasing tickets for Opening Night. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (1-800-745-3000) and the TD Garden Box Office. For group rates and information, call 617-624-1805.

Parents Seem to Overthink so Much

I must admit, I am guilty from time to time of feeling overwhelmed and wondering “am I doing this right?!” Then I stop and really calm down, get those nerves settled and realize that I am doing this right.

Who are you to tell another parent that they are not doing it right?

For example; with my youngest having separation anxiety in the mornings — many will say I need to just leave him kicking and screaming, that is not something I am comfortable with. The reason I am not comfortable with that is this; I feel its my job to safely and securely get him into his classroom ready for his day, I feel it’s a job between the teacher and myself to have compassion yet firmness about ensuring my child is able to stop crying and relax enough to let go and move on with class.  I have found in the past when dealing with separation anxiety that if I stick around too long or make the goodbyes last forever, then the child acts out longer. I have also found out in the past by dealing with separation anxiety that if I have a quick goodbye and let the child know “I am saying goodbyes one time only, one more time and then I am leaving”, that the child takes that easier. They accept the facts and while they may still have some tears, they are not kicking, screaming and trying to run away from the teacher. I feel my job is to be swift, compassionate, caring and yet still be firm about the fact that he is staying in school.

This method has worked well for my middle child and is seeming to help my youngest this year. That doesn’t mean every parent is going to do that method, I simply feel that my kids and I have a close bond and for me to just say BYE as I walk away without a genuine hug, kiss and love you, that they will eventually grow bitter with me. I do not ever wish to have my child grow this bitterness inside of them, we live happily blended after all, right?! I am a positive person and I believe in positive reinforcement. I also, when this first happened last week, work with what I have. This means, I did tell my youngest we would go out for ice cream cone after school so he would have something to look forward to. While that didn’t help him the following day, I thought it was worth a shot. Now I know, that doesn’t work long term and probably won’t utilize that method again.

As parents, we all live and learn. Many will judge me for saying “ice cream cone for staying in school and not crying”, but honestly, I don’t care. Every Mom or Dad finds themselves in unfamiliar territory with their children from time to time and test out various methods to see what works. Right now, I am testing out what will work with my youngest and his issues leaving me for school. So far, all that his Dad and I can get him to open up about is that his day is too long. Which makes sense, as I am leaving the house 50 minutes earlier this year than last year. With that being said, he usually is awake early so it’s not like he is really waking up earlier, my sons wake up on their own around 6am if not earlier most days.

And more on parenting stuff that makes us question our ways … again .. seems the news is full of it these days …

Watching the Today show yesterday, their are professionals now saying that labeling our kids is bad for them. Such as saying “oh this is my smart one” or “oh this is our comedian of the family” or “oh he is just the class clown” will develop this stigma where the child will grow up thinking that is all they can or ever will be. I say BS on that, honestly. I believe that establishing what each child is great at by saying that to them and others is great, it’s a positive compliment. With that being said, my kids also know I expect certain things from them, I encourage them to always do their best, and I thrive on ensuring they live each day to their fullest ability with effort and happiness.

I feel like professionals, such as psychiatrist and pediatricians, are constantly tossing all of these new “no no’s” into our parenthood lives that many parents feel like they should question their existence as the parent they choose to be. Stop questioning things, my biggest pet peeve is when people follow everything others say to a T … here’s my advice for all parents;

Listen to what others say about parenthood tips, suggestions and advice. Think about your children and what makes them thrive. Think about what works within your household. Think about the advice, suggestions and tips given and mold them into something that works for you and your family!

Never take 100% for sure, unless it’s LAW obviously, what another person says. It’s all guidelines, no one can foresee the future and guarantee you are doing it all right … we all do it right, we all do it to the best of our abilities based on what worked for our elders, what works for us and what works for each of our children!


Separation Anxiety is a Pain in the Bum Bum

I love my children. All of them. Everyone knows this. You can see it in how I write about them, talk about them, and share moments with them.

Sure. I adore my children and I adore being a Mama. 

separation anxietyThe only problem, thus far, out of all I have experienced up until this point of parenthood is that I cannot handle separation anxiety. Sure I can be tough on the outside and even trick my gut instincts to feeling secure with dropping a crying kid off for the day for school, I can do that. I have to do that. It’s my job.

The issue is that being that strong, every single day, for a child who is going on year two of all day school and never had this issue is that I was hoping and thinking that since my middle son is all settled in to being fine with drop offs that I was over dealing with separation anxiety. After all, my youngest has gone to part days preschool and all day kindergarten so why on Earth would he all of a sudden have an issue later on in life?

The answer is simple: kids will be kids. Also, the schedule has changed a bit, the previous years the school seemed to keep the preschool kids together and this year they are all separated. So you are seeing, not only my son having a difficult time, but other parents told me theirs are having a somewhat tough time too. Just not as dramatic as my K-man, because after all, K-man is my Drama King so he has to go BIG or go HOME. Every time.

Just as I had K-man pretty much to that point of being decent at drop off, sure some tears were there but a quick hug, kiss, love you and waving the “I love you” sign down the hall, without looking back, seemed to be the quickest and best option to allow my little man to be independent at school drop off. Then they had four days off. So we started all over again today.

Motherhood, parenthood, fatherhood …. whatever you want to call it, doesn’t come with one solid handbook for every situation and every individual child; you sort of just have to go with what you know is best for your child while still respecting the teachers, school staff and being the type of Mama you are. That means, I do walk my kid to class, but once he is in class, I say my byes and walk away. No turning back to go back. Nothing more than a solid goodbye with love and a “see you after school” closure. While this is hard for me, I know that once my son doesn’t see me in sight anymore, he turns and asks his teacher for a drink of water, he walks his independent bum down that hallway, gets a drink and is back in class ready for his day!

No one ever told me how difficult being a loving mother would be, but I am thankful that I can be that loving, supportive mother that knows when to let go and when to hang on. Here’s hoping this week goes much better than last and each day gets better than the one prior!

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