Dear All, Take our parenting style quiz to see what kind of parent you are. 1. Your child has made a big mess of the living room. You: a. Warn that no dinner until the room has been cleaned up b. Make it a game to clean the room up in under five minutes c. Do it yourself as they kids are prone to do such things 2. Your child passes a rude comment on her friend. You: a. Give her a timeout immediately. b. Explain that she has hurt her feelings c. Laugh at your child's comment and ignore. 3. You ask your children to always sit down and eat. They don't listen. You: a. Give a timeout for disobeying and not let them have food. b. Explain why you want them to sit and eat. c. Ignore, thinking they will get better as they grow older. 4. Your child leaves your hand in a mall and wanders off. When you find him, you: a. Yell and sternly tell him not to do that again. b. Tell your child that you were worried and he must tell you if he wants to go elsewhere. c. Cry and wish he was not so naughty. 5. You think that: a. You will spoil your child with your praise and affection b. Keep talking to your child as much as possible c. Children will learn by themselves and do not need guidance. 6. What is your take on discipline? a. Your child should know what is right from wrong. b. Guiding and teaching the child things that he/she needs to know. c. Is quite challenging and you hate making your child upset. 7. To you, going out with your children is: a. Good if they behave themselves b. An opportunity to spend time together. c. A pain. Prefer to go out alone with spouse. 8. When you put your child to sleep, you: a. Expect your child to stay in bed. b. Know that they will take time to settle down with a routine that works well for both of you. c. Let them sleep when they feel tired. Answers: Mostly As : Authoritarian Type of Parenting - You have high expectations of your children and set clear guidelines. It is oftern characterized with strict rules and sometimes harsh punishments. Sometimes you find it difficult to explain the logic behind certain rules. You might simply said "Because, I said so". Your children know how to keep you happy by abiding the rules. However, this type of parenting can be difficult during the teen years when children are known to break the restrictions or rules placed on them by parents. Such children also have low-esteem, lack of independence and show immaturity. Mostly Bs : Authoritative -Authoritative is also known as positive parenting. Such parents listen to children, express warmth, love and administer fair and consistent discipline. They want their children to work independently and also have high expectations for their children. They are flexible and allow the child to explain and alter their response to a situation accordingly. Children of such parents are often happy, independent, self-confident, learn new skills quickly, have good control on emotions and develop good social skills. Maximum Cs : Permissive - Permissive or indulgent parents have relatively low expectations of their children and rarely discipline them. Such parents avoid confrontation, lenient and have few inconsistent rules. They seem more like a friend than a parent, are very loving and nurturing towards their kids. Such children may lack self-discipline, be demanding, show intolerance and may feel insecure due to lack of guidance and discipline. They also lack poor social and may be less academically motivated. So, which is your natural parenting style?