As parents, we always want to do what’s best for our children. We read parenting books and take the advice we’re given, but sometimes that's still not enough. The problem isn’t you, it’s that the best advice can fall short if it’s not tailored to you and your child. This can make you feel like you’re falling short. Many parenting techniques look at just the behavior and not the child, offering one-size-fits-all answers that address not your child but a generic version of them. But we don’t have to fear challenging behaviors—we can learn so much about what a child needs from simply observing their behaviors from a new lens! I’ve set out to help parents redirect their efforts from managing children’s behavior to understanding it in a new way. This quiz was created with that goal in mind. Throughout this quiz, you will be given three options. Select the one that best represents your child's emotional response to different scenarios. Don't worry—this is not a test about your parenting skills or a diagnosis! This is purely a fun opportunity to think about your child's feelings, emotions and behaviors. I encourage you to take it as a parent or share with others who may be involved in your child’s life, like teachers. And if you have a toddler or younger child, simply answer the questions that are relevant to your child’s developmental age.
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