Attention ! parenting style
test easy and fun.

1- You are about to take your child to the park. You are just about to go out the door then your child suddenly run back in for his favourite motorized car. You explain to him that he would not need it but he does not want to leave it and start to throw a tantrum. Do you:

A- Wait a little, give him time to settle down and let him have it.

B- Try and calm him down, explain to him kindly and softly about the different play activities he will be doing.

C- Let him know sternly he will not take it and it is a choice between leaving it home and not going to the park.

2- At the park you are looking over a group of children including your child playing. You want to make every child share with all toys available, but some children still seems reluctant. Do you:

A- Wait and give them some time.

B- Try and involve by making some simple suggestions.

C- Allocate specific toys for different children and make them get involve.

3- The children start to interact with each other well playing with various toys. You want to keep this going, do you:

A- Sit back, relax and let them get on with it.

B- Try to make each child has equal amount of time playing with various toys

C- Observe closely and make sure each child continues to interact even stepping in at times when necessary.

4- Two or three children are doing most of the interacting and having a go on all play activities. Every child seems happy but you would love to get other children involve. Do you

A- Step in, make the changes and see to it that it is instil.

B- Suggest the changes, explain to the children why and leave it up to them to decide.

C- Sit back, watch and do not do anything that might interrupt their flow.

5- The children are playing well and responding very positive with each other. As a parent you feel some what unsure about what you should do now. Do you

A- Leave the children alone.

B- Slowly and slyly get involve to continue give directives.

C- Ask the children if the need your help and comply with their wishes.

6- The children were playing well but now start to get very impatient with each other. Most children starts to cry throw tantrums and pull toys from each other. Your child suggests that he does not want to play anymore. Do you

A- Listen to the children and do not say a word.

B- Ask each child what they think and vote on suggestions.

C- Propose a new way to play, interact and try and instil this.

7- The children have settled down well and taking times playing on the slide. A new exciting bouncy castle has been brought in the play area, but no child is taking action to play on it. Do you

A- Try and initiate the children to start playing with the bouncy castle.

B- Choose and activity and make rules showing the kids how to have fun bouncing.

C- Just stay quiet and observe who would gravitate to the bouncy toy Each of the three possible answers corresponds to one of the three parenting styles.

In scenario 1 answer C is the best solution.

In scenario 2 answer B is the best solution.

In scenario 3 answer B is the best solution.

In scenario 4 answer B is the best solution.

In scenario 5 answer B is the best solution.

In scenario 6 answer C is the best solution.

In scenario 7 answer B is the best solution.

The answers given above suggest the best parenting style for the given situation in each scenario. However if you answer differently don’t worry it may just depends on your interpretation.

But if you choose mostly A's you are more of a Permissive style, and if it is mostly B's you are more of a Consultative type, and if you choose mostly C's you are using more of an Authoritative style. Effective parenting is all about developing your skills at each style and learning when to use them.

Remember the reason for this parenting style test is to highlight the three styles, to reflect your habits in a specific situation, and to highlight why it is important to practice “ situational parenting.”

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