Parental Influence Even Includes Driving

Kara Powell | May 10, 2011

I drink water in the car all the time. A few weeks ago, my five year-old commented, “Mom, you’re not allowed to drink and drive.” She had heard the rule about drinking and driving and assumed it applied to all beverages, even non-alcoholic ones.

Our kids are always watching us - even while we are driving.

Last week I heard about this study conducted by Ford about the power of parental influence on kids’ driving behaviors. This paragraph was the most interesting to me:

“More than three quarters of tweens and 66 percent of teens say they are heavily influenced by their parents driving behavior; 80 percent see their parents engage in risky driving as they are looking to them as role models.”

I want parents to drive safely for many reasons, one of which is that their kids are watching. I also want parents to think about the influence we have on our kids all the time.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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