10 ways to prepare your teen for the responsibility of driving

Preparing teens for the responsibility of driving

Look who’s driving now: Your teen!

Very soon my second teenage daughter will be behind the wheel. (Gasp!) Recently, a friend who has a daughter enrolled in the classroom portion of driver’s education asked some of us more experienced parents how we prepared ourselves and our teens for the responsibility of driving. Here are some helpful tips:

1. Make a contract to emphasize driving is a privilege, not a right. Use the parent-teen driving contract found on the …Click here to continue reading

Five ways to keep your family safe while riding bikes

Every day, more than 600 children are injured due to bicycle-related crashes. Younger children are at higher risk, but even experienced teenagers, like my son, can be in danger. This summer it will be 10 years since we lost our son due to a bicycle/vehicle crash. Don’t think it can’t happen to your family.

With spring just around the corner, now is the time to start tuning up your bikes, checking helmet sizes and reviewing the rules of the road. Bike safety is a passion for my family …Click here to continue reading

Grieving parents and the “elephant” in front of the Christmas tree

Brandon Fochs

Brandon Fochs on a camping trip with his father just weeks before his death

The holidays are a difficult time of year for our family. Nine years ago we lost our son, Brandon, when he was hit by a truck while riding his bike. No amount of holiday cheer can ever transport us to a time when we were a complete family. Unfortunately, many of you can relate because you have lost your precious child too.

It’s been a long time since Brandon’s death; aren’t we “over it?” No. You never “get over” the loss of your child. You simply learn to go on without them — enduring the pain, treasuring the memories and being thankful that you were blessed to have such a special child even for a …Click here to continue reading