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Grown and Flown: How I Prepared My Kids for the Unexpected

AAA World Article

Parenthood has two major transitions: when our children first enter the world and when they leave the nest. The gap between the two events is our chance as parents to mold the next generation into the leaders of tomorrow, and we do everything within our power to make sure our kids have the tools and skills to make us proud (despite the challenges and headaches we may face along the way as parents).

At the same time, we want to make sure that we send our kids into the world with the understanding that they’re safe and protected. As parents of a college-aged daughter who goes to school a couple hours from home and a son entering his senior year of high school, my wife and I made the easy decision to ensure their safety—by adding them as associate members to our AAA membership—so that we had peace of mind no matter what our kids encountered.

No card in their pocket (or digitized on their smartphone) ensures their safety and freedom more than their AAA membership card. It instills peace of mind, an instant sense of responsibility and a feeling that nothing can get in their way knowing they’re backed by the most highly recommended roadside assistance in the country.* And they feel confident, too, knowing that help is just a call or a tap away. Now, instead of worrying about my kids on the road, I instead wonder if we bought the right-sized sheets for the bed in the dorm room or put enough money on their meal cards.

As you prepare for your kids to fly from the nest, or if you have other loved ones living under your roof, make sure they’re covered by your AAA membership. That way, they’re always protected wherever the road may take them. You might even sleep a little better at night, too. I know I do.

Tom Wiedemann
Chief Executive Officer

*2017 AAA U.S. Market Track Survey (Henrik Olandt)

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2019 edition of AAA World.

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