Comment 78325

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted June 11, 2012 at 18:46:55

Oldest two kids (24 and 23) have no driver's license: they live in Toronto, take the TTC. When they were still in Hamilton, they took the HSR. Next three (20, 19, 17) also don't drive. I'm thinking they prefer to do without the trouble and expense until it is absolutely necessary, like I did. I didn't get mine until I was 27 years old, because I needed it when I returned to the work force (necessary in my line of work, frequently a job requirement). Before that I got along OK without, even taking 2-3 little ones to the doctor on public transit.

Our bunch may even end up choosing their locations according to availability of transit and walkability of home neighbourhoods, the way their father and I did: because we knew it would be too time consuming and expensive to drive everyone everywhere, and because we knew we wouldn't be able to bankroll driver's ed., auto insurance and gas for up to 5 teenagers/young adults at once. Didn't kill them- made them stronger.

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