What's Your Parenting Style?
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What's Your Parenting Style?

Whether you're a helicopter parent or a hands-off mom or dad, see how much you know about raising happy, healthy kids.

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What's Your Parenting Style?
What's Your Parenting Style?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

To what degree does your behavior influence your child's behavior?

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The correct answer is: The way you behave greatly influences your children's behavior, in both positive and negative ways. Rule of thumb? If you don't want to see your child do it, don't do it yourself. Even though getting their attention may sometimes seem impossible, your children are always observing you.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

All of these are common parenting styles except . . .

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The correct answer is: Do you fit into any of these common parenting styles? Hypervigilant: Always overscheduling and super-cautious, the hypervigilant parent often leaves their child with no room to explore. Absentee: This parent is usually too busy with work to be around. Flexa-parent: This mom or dad knows how to go with the flow, giving their child room to follow their own interests.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is "buddy parenting"?

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The correct answer is: Buddy parenting places popularity with the child above boundaries or discipline. The parent is more focused on being his or her child's friend, rather than an authority figure. This kind of parenting should be avoided.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Praise for a child's report card should focus on which of the following?

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The correct answer is: Praise your child for his good grades by showing you know how much effort he put into getting them. If you praise him for how smart he is, your praise may backfire: your child may grow to believe his intelligence is solely responsible for his good grades, not the work it takes to accomplish those grades. This can lead to some rude awakenings down the road.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Why should children do chores?

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The correct answer is: Chores help your child develop a sense of accomplishment and pride in what they do without the need to reinforce with money, praise or privilege. Chore charts may help younger kids track what they need to do, and a gold star or smiley face sticker may help them feel good about their accomplishment. As children get older, it's up to the parent to foster a love of accomplishment and sense of pride simply in doing what’s expected and what’s right.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

You're trying to teach your child to be more self-reliant. How should you decide when to turn over responsibilities?

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The correct answer is: Don't overwhelm your child by handing over a bunch of new responsibilities at once. Instead, introduce one new task at a time. When he's comfortable with it, introduce another one. How quickly you can do this will depend on your child, his maturity and his capabilities.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

You want your child to open up and share more information. Which of these sentences is most likely to get a response when you ask about his day?

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The correct answer is: Kids often balk at the "How was your day?" question; they dislike feeling forced to talk about it. Instead, practice a sneak attack: Avoid the subject directly, give them a bit of time to decompress when they get home from school, then look for alternative routes to bring up how they're doing. You might ask about specific projects or assignments going on at school. For ideas, check your school's web page or newsletter.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Boys are notorious for not wanting to open up to their parents. When are they more likely to open up to you?

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The correct answer is: When boys are busy with hands-on activities -- like building with Legos, bouncing a basketball or slicing up carrots for dinner -- they're more apt to talk. Ask them how school or sports is going when they're busy doing something else, and you're more likely to get a response.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Your children seem to fight all the time. To help them stop fighting, you should . . .

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The correct answer is: Kids will be kids, and if they're siblings, they will fight. Resist the urge to interfere, and instead let them work out their own problems. As long as no one is getting hurt, it's a learning opportunity for all involved to talk through their problems and work on reasonable solutions.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

When your third-grader gets a bad grade on an assignment, you immediately schedule a conference with the teacher to discuss. What type of parenting approach is this known as?

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The correct answer is: This is what's known as "hover," or "helicopter" parenting, and it's not a healthy strategy. Hover parents have trouble giving their kids the space they need to develop critical life skills such as self-reliance or problem solving.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Helicopter parents hover in which part of their children's lives?

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The correct answer is: Hover parenting doesn't end when kids don a cap and gown. Some helicopter parents have been known to go so far as to submit their children's resumes, call human resources and encourage them to hire their children and even attempt to negotiate better salaries.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

When establishing family discipline, you should begin with how many rules?

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The correct answer is: Three is an easy number for you -- and your kids -- to remember. When your family starts adopting its new sets of rules, start out by putting three in place at once. Try those for a week, then add three more. This gives you and your child time to thoughtfully consider the importance of each rule.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What is true of establishing family values?

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The correct answer is: When your family has guiding principles, such as family values, you have a system with which you can reinforce positive behavioral expectations. When your child doesn't live up to your family values, you can remind her why you set these values in the first place. Family values also help explain family rules.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Why is it useful to have your children help you write your family values?

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The correct answer is: Let your kids help write out your family's values, and they'll be more likely to follow and remember them.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Children who have temper tantrums typically . . .

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The correct answer is: Much of a child's behavior reflects what she has seen her parents doing. If you lash out at your kids for doing something wrong, they will return the favor by lashing out at a sibling or classmate. If you want your kids to stay cool and collected when they're upset, you should practice staying cool and collected, too.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What do time-outs teach children?

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The correct answer is: When you need to punish bad behavior, a time-out can help your child figure out her boundaries, or a sense of how her actions have consequences. A time-out also gives a child space to calm down and think about what she did wrong. As she begins to make connections between the behavior and punishment, she'll learn how to stop before she goes too far.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

When and how should you positively reinforce your child for a good deed she has done?

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The correct answer is: Give immediate praise, whether that's a hug, kisses or telling other people of her accomplishment. Immediately praising your child helps her connect what she did with the pride she senses in her parents.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

You want your child to be more grateful. How can you teach that?

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The correct answer is: Children will show gratitude if their parents do, too. Practice the behavior you wish to see in your child, and soon your child will mirror that behavior.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

You bring your child with you to volunteer with aid for less fortunate families. What does this teach your kid?

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The correct answer is: Direct experiences with people who are less fortunate teach children to understand how fortunate they are and why they should appreciate what they have. Take your child to volunteer at a women's shelter, or bring her along the next time you drop off canned goods at a local food bank.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these reasons best explains why parents need time away from their kids to care for themselves?

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The correct answer is: Parenting is a full-time job with no overtime pay, hazard pay or benefits. That's why it's important you take time away when you can. You need care and attention, too. When you don't take good care of yourself, your health and your relationships (mainly your marriage) will suffer. Don't feel guilty. In the end, it's the healthiest thing for your children, too.

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