Malia Obama is learning to drive! Yes, President Barack and Michelle Obama's daughter is that old. Feeling a little crick in your back? Ready to set your hair in rollers? How could this have happened?
Malia will turn 16 on the nation's birthday -- July 4 -- and like most teenagers of a certain age, she's itching to get behind the wheel. So how are her famous parents taking it?
First Lady Michelle Obama jokingly said the world should "look out." But don't worry -- neither she nor the president will be risking their lives behind the wheel with a teenage driver. As she explained on Live With Michael and Kelly:
I think our agents don’t want us driving with teenagers. I don’t think they want [the president] in the state when she’s learning how to drive. We will, fortunately, be able to hand that responsibility over to someone else.
Lucky kid! If you thought it was bad when your Dad yelled at you for speeding, imagine having the President of the United States on your case for fiddling with the radio!
All jokes aside, handing the responsibility of teaching a kid to drive over to someone else isn't the worst idea for regular moms and dads.
We tend to see our kids as younger than they really are because, deep down anyway, we want them to stay babies forever. That means we're not always the most trusting of their abilities. An independent party is much more likely to be able to accurately assess a new driver's strengths and weaknesses than mom and dad.
And perhaps it goes without saying, but when someone else is teaching your teenager to drive, you're not getting in fights with your teenager about driving. That has to be good for the family dynamic!
Would you follow the Obamas' lead and hire someone else to teach the kid to drive?
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