Schools are shutting down shop classes across the country and it's up to parents to raise the next generation of car nuts. Don't worry, because Jalopnik readers have ten surefire ways to convert your children into total gearheads.
Why it's effective: Even before you can talk to your kids, you can take them driving. Go out into the country, go fast, let them swing around in their child seat and watch them laugh. Well, don't watch them too long, or you'll crash into a tree. Eyes on the road!
Why it's effective: Now that your kids sort of understand that cars can be fun, you can show them all the amazing machines you'll never be able to actually drive. When it's dark and cold and raining, they can still play with tiny '69 Mustangs and Porsche 917s in the living room, imagining driving for themselves.
Why it's effective: Playing with toy cars is all about imagination and dreaming what life would be like behind the wheel… like video games, but more open-ended. But you've got to help that imagination along, so take your kids to car and auto shows. Show them the creativity that adults pour into cars, and give them ideas about rare exotics and restored classics and all of the brand new models.
Most importantly for your kid, though, is that you're spending time with them and enjoying something together.