Modern Manners for Today’s Teens: Be a Good Passenger
Being a teenager means you are going to need lots of rides. Be a good passenger! Make sure to show gratitude to those who are willing to go out of their way to get you where you need to be. By doing this, you make the time pleasant for the adult who is driving you and they are more likely to continue giving rides to those who are grateful for them!
It’s easy to use your cell phone as a way to escape from an uncomfortable interaction, but it’s not polite or gracious. Make a point to be a pleasant and grateful passenger.
Tips for Carpool
- Say “hello” to the driver
- Don’t whisper
- Be kind to everyone in the car
- Ask before eating in someone else’s car
- Check your seat area for any belongings before you get out
- Take all of your trash with you when you leave
- Don’t forget to say thank you
Teach Your Younger Kids to Be a Good Passenger
Brainstorm with your child something they could say to a mom or dad who is giving them a ride to start a conversation. Then practice! Challenge your child to try to start that conversation. Remind them to say thank you!
Challenge Your Teen to Be a Good Passenger
A challenge for your teen could sound something like this: this week, when you are in a car with an adult, try keeping your phone put away the entire time. Start a conversation with the driver, and be sure to say thank you!
After one family discussed this manner, a mom got a phone call letting her know how fun her daughter is to have in the car because she never pulls out her phone and is always happy to chat with everyone in the car. She has been a great example to all the girls of saying thank you and being present.
Since hearing this, we always try to overly emphasize when those we give rides to are awesome passengers, in the moment and after in our home, using them as a good example for our kids. When I remember, I like to tell the parents how polite and pleasant their kids are too!
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Parents, is this a problem you see often? How have you helped your kids be good passengers?