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updated 1/31/2007 12:44:48 PM ET 2007-01-31T17:44:48

Q: My daughter will be turning 15 in a few months and she’s already talking about getting her learner’s permit for driving. In my state, kids can take the written test and if they pass, they can drive under the supervision of a licensed adult. After she’s had her permit for a year, she can take the actual driving exam and receive her driver’s license, enabling her to drive alone. Needless to say, I’m less than thrilled with this idea, but I realize that she’s feeling a lot of peer pressure since many of her friends are already driving with their parents. I want to be fair and reasonable, but I don’t know if I’m ready for this passage into adulthood! And, what are your suggestions about when she’s ready to receive her “real license” and what she has to do to earn it? Any thoughts?

A: Yes … plenty of thoughts, memories and concerns! It scared the bejeebies out of my husband and I when each of our children “came of age” and couldn’t wait to put the pedal to the metal! Luckily we had considered the pros and cons and had set up standards that the kids had to follow:

I hope that these guidelines, which worked for us, help you in leading your teen through this exciting time of life!

Dr. Ruth Peters is a clinical psychologist and regular contributor to “Today.” For more information you can visit her Web site at www.ruthpeters.com. Copyright ©2006 by Ruth A. Peters, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

PLEASE NOTE: The information in this column should not be construed as providing specific psychological or medical advice, but rather to offer readers information to better understand the lives and health of themselves and their children. It is not intended to provide an alternative to professional treatment or to replace the services of a physician, psychiatrist or psychotherapist.

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