I've faced down some pretty scary situations in the past... but nothing prepares you for....
taking your first born for his first driving lesson, especially in a big car
We went to a large shopping centre car park which, being a Sunday, was empty and away we went. He didn't do too bad and we didn't hit anything apart from a few kerbs when going around corners.
I think its great he wants to get a manual licence (which I think Americans call a stick shift?) instead of taking the easy way out and getting an automatic only licence