Three Things All Teens Should Know When Learning to Drive

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Learning to drive is about more than learning how to accelerate and brake, use your turn signals and squeeze into a tight parking space. It also involves learning how to deal with the many different circumstance that you can encounter when on the road. If you are a teen learning to drive, you should especially know how to handle the following three situations:

1. When a Police Officer Stops You

If a police officer flashes blue lights, you should pull over to a safe spot as quickly as possible. Stay in your car and wait for the officer to approach your window. Do not get out of your car or make any sudden movements that will alarm the officer. You should be ready to provide the officer with your driver’s license and vehicle registration upon request. Also, you should be calm and polite throughout the course of the stop and answer the officer’s questions as clearly as possible. Never argue with the officer. If you believe the officer made a mistake and/or issued you a ticket that you did not deserve, you should save those arguments for traffic court.

2. When Your Driver Is About to Drive Under the Influence

Consuming any amount of alcohol can affect a person’s mental and physical faculties and increase their risk of getting into an accident. For this reason, you should never get into a car with anyone who has drank alcohol (or used a controlled substance such as marijuana). Call a taxi, Uber or Lyft instead. You should also reach an agreement with your parents that allows you to call them for a ride in this situation. You should also do your best to convince the impaired driver to find a different way home.

3. When You Get into an Auto Accident

If you are involved in any type of car accident – even a minor fender bender – you should pull over to a safe area. If possible, you should check on the condition of everyone in your car and the other car. Next, call the police. You will want an officer there to secure the scene and investigate the crash. Make sure to get the other driver’s name, insurance information and contact information. Do not admit fault or blame the other driver for what happened. You should also try to get photos of the accident and the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. Finally, tell your parents what happened and see a doctor as soon as possible. You should be thoroughly checked for any injuries you may have suffered in the crash.

Important Considerations and Tips When Buying Gifts for Pre-Teens

If you’re unfamiliar with yet another recently added word to the English language; pre-teen, you’re hardly alone, though chances are you actually have one yourself or you’ve encountered one when visiting a family member or friend’s home.

Pre-teens – ‘tweens’ in the US – are, as the name suggest, youngsters who are yet to reach that milestone age of 13, most specifically, children aged 10 to 12.


Children of this age are notorious for many reasons, most of which are well-deserved and something many of the cheeky tykes will immediately own up to with a smug, self-assured smirk, including their ability to find something wrong with practically anything one could buy them, with the exception of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber CDs, and who could actually bring themselves to spend money on something like that?

Buying gifts for pre-teens often entails a healthy, wallet draining amount of trial and error, though as you love the pre-teen in question very much – You do don’t you? – that’s something you’ll just have to accept, and with that in mind, here are a few tips to make buying gifts for ‘tweenagers’ – another American twist – a little less painful.

Understand That It’s Cool to Hate Everything and That They Really Love Your Gift

As a young person it’s cool to hate; in fact, kids these days are no longer judged by their peers on what they like, but rather what they hate, or usually more accurately, what they say they hate.

With the notable exception of your boss’s brat child, who really does hate whatever you’ve bought for the little monster, when your son or daughter says they hate what you’ve bought them you need to understand that they love it, couldn’t have possibly hoped for anything better, and that they’re expressing their appreciation for your gift and their love for you in true pre-teen fashion.

Therefore, when they throw the box on the floor and stomp out of the room, you can give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve chosen the perfect gift.

Understand That Kids Really Want to Be Kids for Longer

‘You’re growing up so fast’ – what a way to destroy a kid’s life. Statements like these, although naturally well-meaning, are hardly what pre-teens want to hear because you’re basically telling them that in no time at all they’ll have to go to work, lose their hair and/or go wrinkly, and basically have nothing to look forward to ever again.

Help pre-teens realise their dreams of staying a kid a little longer by giving them one last really cool gift, like a remote controlled airplane or helicopter for boys and something cute and fluffy for girls – they’ll love it even though they’ll most probably tell you just the opposite.

Understand That Gadgets are In, Though If You Like Them They’re Not Cool

Sure, we all love iPads and the latest smartphone releases and pre-teens are no exception to this rule unless you make it obvious that you, or even worse their mother or father, like them too.

There are so many cool gadgets on the market that it really is impossible to keep up, though whatever you decide upon, like really cool headphones, for their next Christmas gifts, make sure that you remain cool and don’t express any interest in what you’ve given whatsoever unless it’s to say something curmudgeonly like, ‘How do kids put up with all that noise?’, because they’ll love what you’ve given even more.

Understand That Some Pre-Teenagers are Already Teenagers

Sometimes you have to understand that pre-teenagers have already passed that milestone age of 13 emotionally, though perhaps not mentally, and are essentially teenagers with all that entails – get over it and buy gifts accordingly.

When you come to this realisation about your own child or someone else’s, the worst thing you could possibly do is try to keep them ‘young and adorable’ with the gifts you buy, because although they’re still young, chances are they’re no longer adorable.

Buying gifts for pre-teens is often trying because children are at emotional crossroads at that tender age; however, with a little thought, trial and error, choosing the perfect gift for a pre-teen is well within everyone’s reach.

Pure ‘N Fresh Cologne: My Daughter’s Everyday Companion

After their final exams, RJ went home in her PE shirt with messages and signatures all over. She was teary-eyed while reading the messages…”I will miss you”, “Stay pretty”, “Don’t change”, “I love you”. She said six years is over…six years of fun, laughter and friendship.

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RJ is friendly and compassionate that is why she has many friends. I know she will miss everything, her teachers, classmate, friends and her crush. I remember there was this boy who always says that RJ smells good. Kids! They will say whatever they want. Thanks to Pure ‘N Fresh Cologne for being my daughter’s everyday companion. It is what keeps her fresh all day long despite of her hectic schedule this month; completing the projects and requirements for graduation, reviewing for the finals and preparing for their graduation.

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Time flies really fast. I can’t believe that it’s been six years since RJ first set foot on big school. I told her that it is not over yet. She’ll miss her grade school environment for sure but she also needs to embrace the new changes in her life. She’ll face new challenges. She’ll get to know new teachers and new classmates. She’ll gain new friends, experiences and a new level of freedom. High school life may seem daunting but it is also the most exciting. I know that with RJ’s positive attitude and confidence there’s nothing she can’t handle.