What is your Parenting Style?
No one has all the answers when it comes to raising happy and healthy children.
However, research shows that certain approaches to parenting make a big difference. Even grandparents and non-traditional caregivers can benefit from a better understanding of their parenting style and how they communicate and connect with the children in their lives.
Please take the following quiz if you would like to explore your parenting style. When you finish, we will give you some feedback on what you are doing that benefits your child and some ideas on how to improve your approach to help them thrive in the world!
Please answer the following questions
Responsive parents accept the nature of their child and the changing environment. They tend to
be reasonable and nurturing towards their child. They set clear boundaries and expectations and
maintain clear and open communication. They value both positive and negative emotions and a
child’s expression of them. Through shared experience they work with their child to learn about
emotions and use problem-solving to address them.
Your dominant parenting style is “Firm”
Firm parents have high expectations of their children and tend to be less nurturing. They often see
negative emotions as being bad and expression of them as inappropriate behaviour. They will
however praise appropriate behaviour. They give orders and tend to reject ideas or opinions that
go against their views and authority. They set firm boundaries and tend to be less flexible to their
Your dominant parenting style is Easy-going
Easy-going parents tend to be very affectionate, indulge their children’s whims and requests and
oYen give in when challenged by their child. They have minimum control over what their children
does and set few or inconsistent boundaries. They are supportive of all their child’s emotions but
tend to eliminate any negative emotions by using distractions (e.g. bribery).
Free range parents tend to leave children to their own devices as a way to build their
independence. They do not set boundaries and do not feel the need to organise every aspect of
their child’s life. They accept that their child will express a full range of their emotions, but
sometimes lack the skills to help them identify and label their emotion and problem-solve through