Critter wants to learn to drive my car, as he thinks it will be easier to parallel park, for his driving test in May. In thinking back over the first lesson, he's decided he has a problem with analog controls -- the brake and clutch are not simple on/off buttons. He has less problem with the accelerator. Fortunately. ;) But, now he has to balance between two analog controls at the same time.
Anyway, after many attempts, he was able to get the car into first without killing the engine, about 3 or 4 times. Oddly, he did better putting it into reverse the couple of times he tried. He managed to successfully brake to a stop without killing the engine. Once.
He suggested renting a car with manual transmission to save my clutch/transmission, but I explained that he wouldn't be able to drive it with his permit. I don't remember tearing up the first car I learned on, so I'm confident he'll get it.
Interestingly, he seemed much more disturbed by much slower speeds, in my car, than in his car. I think it's just adding that one more thing to think about. It is easier to drive extremely slowly with an automatic. ;)