While it may seem difficult to decide what type of gift would be best for your child when they turn sixteen, there is really nothing better that a parent could present to them on that special day than a vehicle. At that state in their development, teenagers need to earn the right to freedom, and to the ability to function at autonomous from the family unit that they have always been attached to. This is a phase of learning where the best thing is to begin rewarding them with more and more responsibility and the ability to function on their own. It is necessary in their growth for them to learn to be independent and to be fully functioning adults. The scientific community has always endorsed and stood behind the idea of gifting your mid teen age years child with the ability to become more independent by providing a used car for them to use as they need. In our current society, this is the best representation of freedom, and of the need to make their own choices, and the need for those choices to be thought out, wise, and smart, because they can involve their life or the lives of their friends that they are driving with. It is important at this stage of a child’s development to ensure that they are growing and learning skills that will allow them to become fully functioning members of adult society, and this particular phase has a big leap in the trust level of the parents and the expectations put on the child. When they are introduced to the idea of independence in a new way that they have never known before, though most likely have yearned for up until that time, there are several new ways that they must learn to think and that they must learn to interact with the world around them. The learning level of actually driving a used car is a big first step, as many young teens have not yet learned the skill that they may likely use the most for the rest of their life. But it is the social and psychological aspects of being given the opportunity to function autonomously from the family unit that makes the most head way in their developing brains. They begin to consider actions and rewards and consequences in a new light than they did before, and they begin to move away from the parental protections and discover how to be their own independent person. This may happen in stages, as the introduction of a used car is not going to complete the process fully, but it is going to be a large leap into that new world where these decisions must now be made, and the new brain synapses must be formed where they did not exist before. But regardless of the fear level of the parents, or the lack of belief that the child is ready for this leap, it is important and highly imperative that this choice be given to the child, for their development.
O’meara Ford Center – Used Cars
400 West 104th Avenue
Northglenn, CO 80234