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Section:  Avodah   Category: Chanoch L'Naar
Chinuch: Drivers Education

The Gemara says that although a person can cover up his true personality, there are three instances where his true colors will come out; Kiso, Koso, Kaaso, when money is at stake, when he is intoxicated, and when he is angry. We all know how important it is to be a role model for our kids and we are always careful to set a good example for them when they are around. The problem is that our kids are far more perceptive than we can ever imagine. We only find out the depths of their incredible sensitivity when we see their flaws. If we think deeply and honestly enough we can trace most of their negative traits back to our own behavior and are astounded by how they managed to pick up these ever so slight and supposedly well concealed tendencies of ours.

So getting back to our Kiso & Koso here is a modern day activity that reveals far more about ourselves than we thought. Our behavior behind the wheel. Driving tests a person's patience to the maximum. You get cut off by maniacs and stuck behind people with obviously nowhere to go. You deal with double parked cars and people stopping traffic to shmooz with their friends. It is the ultimate test of one's patience and often performed in front of our little and not so little students sitting in the back seat taking notes.

Our driving styles will also be imitated one day. Are we reckless and obnoxious? Do we block traffic because we feel like stopping and don't consider the people behind us? Don't think you kid doesn't get nervous when five cars are honking you. He understands that a good portion of the drivers on the road don't think their daddy is a very nice man. Are we considerate when we park? Is saving a few steps more important than not blocking someone's driveway? Remember you are teaching you kid how to weigh the importance of your convenience versus the rest of the world's rights.

The car provides some incredible positive chinuch opportunities as well. You can teach your child to be "Mivater" and not fight for your rights. You can show them an example of hachnosas orchim by picking up people who need rides. The car also provides a wonderful opportunity for quiet quality time with your children in a world where new gadgets are making that concept an endangered specie. It is a great time to educate, to listen, and to communicate. So turn off the mind numbing music and silence the radioman and pay attention to your child. If not now then when? And besides he is paying very careful attention to you whether you like it or not.

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Anonymous, 2008-01-29 03:28:54
Thanks for your insightful article. Today I paid more careful attention to my driving with the kids in the car and I'd like to add another negative trait your list that I unfortunately caught myself displaying too often.

Better not to verbalize your frustration and criticism of others on the road. Depending on where you live this can happen everytime you get into the car at least once or twice. Chaval to teach them to be constantly critical of others.

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