What’s Your Parenting Style
Take this quiz and find out!
1. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding your child for at least six months. You:
a. Breastfeed your child for exactly six months.
b. Plan to breastfeed him for as long as he wants to do so, without setting any age limits.
c. Tried doing it a few times but gave up after a week. Bottle Feeding is more convenient.
2. Your toddler wants to climb the jungle gym. You:
a. Let him do so but hover around him to make sure he’s fine.
b. Think it’s too dangerous and lead him away from it after explaining to him your reasons for doing so.
c. Let him do it while you chat with your friends.
3. Your friend invites you to a dinner to celebrate her birthday. You:
a. Feed the baby and leave your husband to look after him, promising to be back soon after the cake is cut.
b. Decline politely. It’s baby’s bedtime and there’s no way you can leave him in somebody else’s care.
c. Get a babysitter and party until late with your friends.
4. Your baby cries in the night. You:
a. Check that he’s fine and leave him to soothe himself.
b. Pick him up immediately (he sleeps next to you anyway) and cuddle him all night long.
c. Leave him to cry in the cot in his room while you get your beauty sleep.
5. Where does your baby sleep?
a. In his cot in the nursery.
b. On my bed, next to me.
c. It depends on where he falls asleep. In his cot, on his sister’s bed, on the sofa.
If you got mostly a’s, you have a balanced style of parenting. However, you tend to go by the book a little too much and should strive to let go even more.
If you got mostly b’s, your style is attachment parenting. This is a nurturing style that advocates the nearly constant presence of a parent. You need to strive for balance in your personal and family life to prevent parenting burn-out.
If you got mostly c’s, you have an uninvolved style of parenting. While this parent-led approach allows you to have a life of your own, paying more attention to your child will ensure he feels more secure and loved.