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It is not unusual to be worried when your child heads off to school for their first year in Prep. I'm an older mum with only one child, so every experience my daughter has is a new experience for me too. She starts Prep this year, and I am both nervous and excited for her. I want to use this blog to help other mums whose children are either beginning Prep this year or in the coming years ahead. I will share tips for first day nerves, getting into the grove of schooling, and how to tackle relations with other children of this age group. It is going to be an exciting year of growth for us both.

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Why You're Never Too Old to Become a Truck Driver

by Marcia Wagner

If you think it's too late to become a trucker, think again. As long as you're in good health and your senses are functioning as normal, you're never too old to become a truck driver. Here are 4 reasons why truck driving can be a career that works even if you already have a family.

You Can Choose a Local Job

If your main concern is that driving a truck at your age would keep you away from your family and other obligations for long periods of time, there's no need to worry. There are numerous trucking jobs out there, and not all of them involve driving across states. If you'd prefer to have plenty of time to spend at home, you can apply for local truck driving jobs that don't keep you on the road for days on end.

You Can Communicate on the Road

In the past, it may have been difficult for truck drivers to get much safe communication with their families during work hours. Now, however, modern technology makes it easy to keep in touch with your partner and children no matter where you are. With a hands-free Bluetooth headset, you can talk to your family safely while you're on the road. If you invest in a smartphone or tablet, you'll also be able to video chat with them while you're at a rest stop.

You Can Afford to Pay Labourers

If you're the person in the house who does most of the manual labour tasks like fixing plumbing and making home improvements, you might be worried that your partner wouldn't be able to handle these jobs in your absence. While it's true that some husbands and wives of truckers don't want to (or are unable to) pick up the manual tasks where their partner left off, it's important to remember that a trucker's wage can be good pay. If you choose the right employer, you'll easily be able to afford the cost of an occasional plumber, electrician, landscaper, or other labourer. Your partner won't have to learn a new set of skills, and you'll be able to spend more quality time with your family when you're home.

You Don't Need Years of Training

Some careers are harder to join late in life than others. If you wanted to become a lawyer or doctor, for example, you'll be looking at several years of expensive education and training. Truck driving, on the other hand, is easy to get into. You can attend a medium rigid truck training course and get your licence (which is all you need to start applying for jobs) in a relatively short amount of time, allowing you to fit it around your current career and commitments.

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