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Discover your strengths in parenting

Parenting is an epic journey that demands equally of your head, your heart, and your resourcefulness!

Each parent is unique and you bring your own set of tools to the job. Choose the number that feels right for each question – there are no right or wrong answers.

I usually understand where my child's behavior is coming from.

  • Never
  • Sometimes
  • Always

What's your parenting experience?

I spend relaxed time playing and having fun with my child.

  • Never
  • Occasionally
  • Frequently

What's your parenting experience?

I could be considered ‘gushy’ with my kids - I'm very warm and expressive.

  • Not warm
  • Somewhat
  • Very warm

What's your parenting experience?

Our relationship is mostly practical, and sometimes feels distant or strained.

  • Never
  • Occasionally
  • Frequently

What's your parenting experience?

Our family is emotionally reserved and sometimes critical.

  • Not reserved
  • Somewhat
  • Very reserved

What's your parenting experience?

When my child gets upset, it usually seems silly or unreasonable.

  • Never
  • Sometimes
  • Always

What's your parenting experience?

I invite my kids opinions on issues big and small.

  • Never
  • Occassionally
  • Always

What's your parenting experience?

I don’t need to explain my reasons for decisions – I’m the parent, that’s enough.

  • Disagree
  • Somewhat agree
  • Totally agree

What's your parenting experience?

There are clear rules around our house and consequences when they are broken.

  • Never
  • Sometimes
  • Always

What's your parenting experience?

We keep to a very regular routine in our house. We usually arrive on time and prepared for things we’ve planned.

  • No routine
  • Some routine
  • Strong routine

What's your parenting experience?

I have high expectations for my child’s performance.

  • Never
  • Occasionally
  • Always

You're doing great! Just a few more.

I give in to my child’s requests, even when I don’t think it’s a good idea.

  • Never
  • Sometimes
  • Always

You're doing great! Just a few more.

We “go with the flow” schedule-wise. We cancel or arrive late if things come up.

  • Not like us
  • Somewhat
  • Totally like us

You're doing great! Just a few more.

My child isn't likely to rise to the top of the class.

  • Disagree
  • Agree

You're doing great! Just a few more.

I am confident my child will be prepared to build a good life.

  • Never
  • Sometimes
  • Always

What's your parenting experience?

I worry a lot about all the bad things that could happen to my child.

  • Never
  • Sometimes
  • Always

What's your parenting experience?

I find myself having to yell a lot to gain compliance.

  • Never
  • Occasionally
  • Frequently

What's your parenting experience?

I often intervene to help things go well for my child.

  • Disagree
  • Agree

What's your parenting experience?

I could be called a ‘hands off’ parent. I don't get too involved.

  • Disagree
  • Agree

What's your parenting experience?

I stay pretty calm with my child, even when they're acting out.

  • Never
  • Sometimes
  • Always

Wrapping it up now.

I feel overwhelmed by the demands of parenting.

  • Never
  • Sometimes
  • Always

Wrapping it up now.

I often feel great joy and gratitude from parenting.

  • No joy
  • Some joy
  • My biggest joy

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