Welcome to "Hey Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.
Is there anything more harrowing than the day when you first hand over the keys to your brand-new teen driver, the same one who it seems like just yesterday was still biking with training wheels? It's not uncommon for parents to set some restrictions on their newly-minted leadfoots, so we took to our Facebook pages to find out what the laws on this are in some west-suburban households. Which brings us to this week's question:
What new rules do you have for your new teen drivers, and how do you enforce them?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Laurie Kintner Bugaj: The rulesthey have to follow pretty much make parents rules easier. They can only have 1 underage person who is not a sibling in the car at anytime. (I am pretty sure that is how they word it). Cell phone is not in use, must be in purse or backpack. Also make them check in when they get to their destination and before they start home. I know how long it takes to get from A to B. —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Patty Casey: I love that the driving laws put the rules out there for us. Also curfew rules help. And I like to know WHO they are driving with. and calling or texting when leaving or arriving destinations. No texting or calling in car. —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Dorothy Duffus: she paid for the car and has to pay the insurance and the up keep any tickets are hers and she still needs to ask to go anywhere until shes 18 i have the right to revoke her license —on Orland Park Patch Facebook
Cindy Gelumbauskas Kwiecinski: Passing grades gets you a license! —on Orland Park Patch Facebook
Richie DeVries: stay off the sidewalks —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
Lila Bonk: No job? No car. It's that simple. —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
Stephanie Anneimal: Ha! Basically, don't speed. My dad told me that there was a "problem" with his car and if I drove it over 50 miles an hour on the highway, oil would spew out under the hood and he would know that I drove faster than 50mph. There never was a problem with his car. To this day if I bring it up he just smirks at me. —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook
Joseph H. Hernandez: One of my dad's rules for me was that if I drove any friends around they had to pay for the ride. $2-$5 depending on how far they were going and this was back when gas was under $2 a gallon. —on Chicago Heights Patch Facebook