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Learning To Drive At Age 35: Mom Achievement Unlocked!

The honest, refreshing, heart-warming parenting blog you've been waiting for. Follow Pamela as she navigates unknown territories as a mom of 3!

Can you believe how fast the summer holidays went?! As nice as it was to not have the rush of the school run for those 8 weeks, I have to admit that by the end of August I had just about had my fill of hearing the older two bickering. 

Now there are two major changes to the school run this year. Firstly Jamie has started Montessori and he's attending 5 mornings a week. He absolutely loves it and has professed to having a girlfriend and 3 best friends! And obviously, it's great to get some time with just Ben when the older guys are in school.

The second change is the fact that, as I've mentioned previously, I'm now driving as opposed to walking the 5km round trip to Will's primary school. The main reason I started driving was the fact that we had enrolled Jamie in Will's old Montessori. A Montessori that is most definitely NOT within walking distance so learning to drive was a necessary evil. Honestly though, to say that I absolutely worship the place is to put it extremely mildly! So as much of an aversion as I had to driving, I overcame it for that singular reason - and I'm thrilled to bits that I did.

No more walking on cold mornings pushing a side-by-side double buggy. I can go where I want. When I want. I haven't looked back since starting - so despite only learning for the solitary purpose of driving Jamie to school, it's been world changing. Why did I wait til 35 to learn I'll never know!

In fact, there was one day a couple of weeks ago when Ben was a little poorly. I was at home alone with the kids for the weekend and upon realising Ben needed to see the out of hours doctor, I was able to bundle the boys into the car and take them to the emergency surgery. Ben, having been diagnosed with tonsillitis, was given his first ever dose of antibiotics and was right as rain within 12 hours thankfully!

Seriously though, it was great to be able to just take the little man to the doctor without having to call someone to come and bring us.

My newly acquired ability hasn't just changed my life but it's changed Will's life too. He has been able to start a couple of after-school activities which would have been very difficult to manage last year as a pedestrian. I've been informed by a great many people that with a household of boys I will spend much of the coming years as a taxi driver ferrying them to and from events, matches and practices of one form or another.

To be honest I'm delighted to be able to offer them the ability to partake in these things both now and down the line.

And now for the one negative - getting to the point where I'm confident enough to not only drive our 7 seater Zafira, but confident enough to get behind the wheel with my kids in the car which has been one of THE most nerve-wracking experiences of my life. 

My anxiety has gone through the roof as a direct result and, though it's still manageable, it's been a bit hairy at times. I even developed a rash all over my chest and neck that needed a prescription hydrocortisone cream to get it under control! Oh, the joys of living with anxiety!!

But here we all are. Happy and healthy. School going and (I never thought I'd say it!) driving!

Adjusting to the new normal once again. I kinda think that's what this whole parenting gig is about - settling into a new normal only to find that once you have accustomed yourself something shifts and you're back to adapting to another new normal all over again.

And so the Circle of Parenting continues...


About the Author

Pamela O'Rourke is a full time wife and mother. She loves to spend her days helping to build her sons' imaginations and shaping them into the men they will someday become. When she has a spare moment or two she enjoys planning the family's next trip to their favourite place on earth, Walt Disney World!

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