Keep Teens Safe: Free Teen Drive Safety Clinics In NY And NJ! #TeenDrive365 @Toyota #Ad

*This is part of a sponsored campaign with Toyota. However, all opinions expressed are my own.       As a parent of a Tween here in New York City, I know that it is only a matter of time before he is old enough to want to go and get his driving permit.  Although I understand his excitement at being able drive and asserting his independence, I worry about him driving safely in an urban environment.  I was a teenager once so I understand how peer pressure and the fact that teenagers think they are invincible can be a dangerous combination when it comes to driving.     Looking back on when I started driving, I wish someone would have taught me how to do some basic upkeep on my car.  It would have been great to know how to check the oil and possibly change a tire back when I was driving around in my old jalopy.  It's actually quite embarrassing how many times I became stranded on the side of the road and had to call my parents to come and pick me up because something went … [Read more...]

Is Your Local High School Registered For Celebrate My Drive? #CelebrateMyDrive #Giveaway #Ad

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and State Farm. However, all opinions expressed are my own.     Recently I shared with you all the importance of discussing driving safety with your teen and pre-teen through the State Farm Celebrate My Drive® Campaign.  As an educator of adolescents, I understand perfectly their need to be treated like young adults and the fact that they want to gain more independence.  However, I also know that teens often think that they are immortal and they fail to take serious heed when it comes to the advice that we adults give them.  This is especially true when it comes to driving safely.     Luckily, State Farm understands the importance of emphasizing driving safety when it comes to teen drivers and rewards their adherence to safe driving through Celebrate My Drive®.  By holding young drivers accountable and asking them to make an online commitment to safe driving, many lives will be saved.  Maybe next time they are … [Read more...]