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Family Tips ~ It Can Wait {Giveaway}

This year we are sharing occasional Friday posts focused on Family Tips ~ topics that have more to do with family than home organization and often with a peek into my own journey as a busy Mom.  For today’s post, I had planned to shoot a video but after watching AT&T’s Texting and Driving ~ It Can Wait, there is nothing more powerful I can offer than this perspective.  As I type, my house is full of 6 teenagers, stuck here until tomorrow because we are in the midst of an ice storm that makes it unsafe for anyone to drive home. There are 3 extra cars in my driveway all belonging to 16 and 17 year olds, responsible drivers but novice as well.  Before they arrived thanks to an early release I made sure they all had permission from their parents to come with the understanding that I wouldn’t let them leave if the roads were unsafe and that meant sleeping over. After 4 pounds of chili, a pack of hot dogs, 1/2 a pan of brownies, and countless chips, we’ve made it through the first of 3 meals that will surely render my fridge empty, and I couldn’t be more blessed.

My sons have chosen friends that we love and welcome in our home. They are thoughtful, friendly, fun, all hard working, athletes, some juggling part time jobs, and typical teens. Lots of XBox and goofing off, razzing, and most importantly they are just good kids. Even our elementary aged daughter loves when they are over. So as I sat down to write this post, I asked them what has had the biggest influence in teaching them how important it is to not text and drive. Here is what they said:

  • Having a friend die in an accident because the driver was texting.
  • Simple common sense that when it come’s to your phone, it can wait. (Totally unprompted, no knowledge of the campaign, and not an AT&T customer. I’d say the name is well chosen.)
  • Because I don’t want to wake up in the hospital and not know how I got there.
  • Being exposed to videos that teach us about how likely it is that you will crash and what happens when you do.
  • Getting my concussion in a car accident caused by another teenager.

I was struck with the value of community awareness campaigns as a teaching tool and saddened by the first hand knowledge that has touched their lives.  So then I asked them that with all this knowledge, how do they resist the temptation.

  • I turn my phone on silent and put it in the console where I can’t get it easily anyway.
  • Just turn your phone off. No temptation, no distractions.

To a child that was the answer ~ its simple ~ just don’t make your phone accessible and make sure it is disabled so it can’t distract you. Enter AT&T. You may have seen my Samsung Rugby Smart Review  last Fall where I mentioned the It Can Wait Drive Mode App. For kids who choose to leave their phone on, the Drive Mode App will automatically send a text back to any communication letting the sender know that you are unavailable until you get to the destination. You can preset up to 5 numbers to ring through even when the app is on with the understanding that it is just in case of emergency and 911 is always enabled no matter if you have the Drive Mode app on or not.

While 97% of teens say that they have heard the message about don’t text and drive, 43& admit to it and 75% say they know friends who do as well. As parents, we have to lead by example, offering family tips that teach them right from wrong.  And lets be honest ~ we all know that can be easier said and done. But no different than when these teens were toddlers, they see all we do and like it or not, will often do the same. This time, you’ve got a chance to model a choice that will save their lives because without a shadow of a doubt, truly, it can wait.

Thanks to the generous team at AT&T, I’ve got an incentive to help you lead by example. Check out our GO MOM!® ATT It Can Wait Giveaway!

It Can Wait

It Can Wait Prize Pack
Courtesy of AT&T

So what’s in it for you?

  • 1 Samsung Galaxy SIII ~ SWEET!
  • It Can Wait t-shirt
  • It Can Wait phone case
  • It Can Wait car sticker

All of these gifts make sure that when you need it most, you are a visible reminder to your kids about making the right choice every time they step into the car. Here is how to enter:

1. Leave us a comment below answer this question: How do you teach your teens about safe mobile habits like not texting and driving?

2. Tweet about this post: “What does texting and driving look like to your phone when you crash? #ItCanWait @ATT @MyGOMOM”

3. Post here in the comments with a validating link to your tweet.

The contest runs Friday January 25th to Friday February 1st. The winner will be drawn automatically by “And the Winner Is” and notified within 48 hours.  As the mother of 2 teen drivers, this issue is close to my heart.  Please enter our giveaway and help share the message with parents and teens alike that when it comes to texting and driving, it can wait.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ 


Disclosure:  special thanks to AT&T for reaching out to me to share this incredibly valuable information.  I received the same gift pack as pictured above.  I am honored to share this giveaway with the hopes that we can all raise awareness and continue to teach our teens (and their parents) that It Can Wait.

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  • Andrea January 25, 2013, 5:25 pm

    No teens here yet, but I talk to my husband about it a lot and we explain to our 5yo how important it is to not distract him when he drives, etc. I think if we remind them young and keep at it it will stick with them when they’re older.

  • Andrea January 25, 2013, 5:27 pm
  • Erica Mueller January 25, 2013, 6:25 pm

    I am hoping that by the time my kids are teens and driving there will be other ways of messaging… maybe all voice activated??? So thankful we have a while to wait!

    Until then, I’ll set a good example!

  • Erica Mueller January 25, 2013, 6:25 pm
  • Jendi January 25, 2013, 6:40 pm

    Mine aren’t teens yet, but they already know not to text and drive. Just today we narrowly missed being clipped by someone that had a phone in between their face and the steering wheel.

  • Jendi January 25, 2013, 6:42 pm
  • j wright January 25, 2013, 11:36 pm

    he’s only 2 3/4 years old hopefully there will be something safe by then.

  • j wright January 25, 2013, 11:37 pm
  • Jen Lawence January 26, 2013, 12:59 am

    I have three teens and one is about to take Driver’s Ed next semester, last year my children saw first hand how texting and driving is such a BAD idea. There were one too many deaths with children texting and driving and it hit close to home for my teens knowing one of the deceased. Before that particular incident I would preach that they should never drive and text but, now they REALLY get it!

  • Jen Lawence January 26, 2013, 1:03 am
  • Kenny F January 26, 2013, 10:13 pm

    lead by example

  • Kenny F January 26, 2013, 10:14 pm

    tweet link –
    Can we tweet daily for more entries?

  • Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) January 27, 2013, 5:26 pm

    we like to watch the dont text and drive videos, they really show what could happen, and just seeing all the accidents that have happened because of texting and driving makes a big difference.

  • Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) January 27, 2013, 5:27 pm
  • Antoinette Garry January 27, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I have my teens put phones i the trunk of the car. when they arrive at their destination the can get them out.

  • Julie January 28, 2013, 2:42 am

    I’ve sort of made it a habit for them to not associate cars with phones. When we’re in the car in general I tell them not to text and I’ve made it a rule because I don’t want them in a texting and driving accident situation.

  • Julie January 28, 2013, 2:43 am
  • j wright January 28, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Mine is to young to understand. I love the 64gb

  • j wright January 28, 2013, 10:58 pm
  • Mel January 30, 2013, 12:14 am

    Be a role model to them by showing them that you’ll never be doing it. Life is far too important and mere words could that away if you don’t concentrate.

  • j wright January 30, 2013, 1:47 am
  • Theresa Soehnge January 31, 2013, 2:58 pm

    The best way is leading by example. Never text and drive especially when kids are with you. I have a 12 and 15 year old. If I receive a text while driving I have one of them look at it for me. If it’s important I have them respond for me. I have also brought up to our schools that when we do the drunk driving exercise to show them how dangerous it it that they need to have “texting and driving” exercise to make it really hit home.

  • Holly January 31, 2013, 3:32 pm

    I ask my kids to text for me from the passenger seat or from the back seat. And I reinforce their helping me with that task as I could not do that unless I had someone else in the car with me at the time. So, I am leading by example and ask that when they are of age to drive, they do the same. If someone else is in the car, great – let them do it. If not, it can wait.

  • Juana Zamudio January 31, 2013, 10:26 pm

    I just put my favorites in vip calls and no texts!

  • Elena February 1, 2013, 1:27 pm

    I teach my son by my own example as I never text when I drive

  • Elena February 1, 2013, 1:28 pm
  • Natalie S February 2, 2013, 1:17 pm

    My kids are still too young to have cell phones let alone drive, but as they get older we will definitely be talking cell phone safety and no texting while driving. Also leading by example! nlevdan3 at yahoo dot com

  • Natalie S February 2, 2013, 1:18 pm

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