What's Your Animal Mothering Style?
What’s your animal mothering style? Do you rule your roost with an iron fist? Or is your parenting style much more fun and playful? Take our quiz and find out what animal mother type you’re most like.
Question 1 of 8
When your baby was born, did you:
|Find yourself somehow managing to care for your newborn while maintaining a clean house, getting in a daily shower, and having dinner on the table at a reasonable hour (all without the help of your spouse!)|
|Lose track of time while spending hours playing with your infant, reading stories, and just watching your little one grow|
|Carry photos of your newborn everywhere, sharing them with not just family and friends, but the local grocery clerk, the mailman, and people you pass on the street|
|Devote all your time to watching over your little one, keeping visitors at bay for fear of passing along unwanted germs|
|Religiously keep up with the feeding and diaper changing chart that came with your hospital release packet for your newborn, track the time of every nursing or bottle session, and stay up to date on every dirty diaper|
Question 2 of 8
If a friend, whom you’ve not seen in years, suddenly calls and invites you out to lunch (but the rendez vous is on an especially busy day for your kids) ... what do you do?
|Call your friend and excitedly plan to be there ... but forget about the lunch date until your friend calls to inquire whether you're coming|
|Politely decline the invitation, explaining that there’s just too much going on with your kids that day and you need to be there for them but you’d like to meet another time|
|Decline your friend’s invite, explaining that the kids keep you far too busy and you just don’t have time to take a leisurely lunch|
|Suggest to your friend that she meet you at your home to enjoy a late lunch while your children nap|
|Plan on taking both of your kids to the luncheon after their appointments, and excitedly bring along your up-to-date baby books to share|
Question 3 of 8
It is a beautiful day and you’re preparing to head outside with your children. Which scenario best describes what happens next?
|You get the kids dressed and ready to go for a neighborhood walk, but can’t find your house keys. After looking around for nearly 10 minutes, you decide to call off the jaunt and instead plan on a “nature walk” in the backyard|
|You get a backpack together with sunscreen, extra clothes, and snacks; get the kids dressed; call and invite your girlfriend and her child from down the street to come along; and head out the door in 15 minutes flat|
|You decide to have the kids play outside in the sandbox where you can keep a closer eye on them and relax knowing they’re in a safe environment|
|You ask your child to get dressed, but she dawdles. You set a timer, but she gets distracted, and you unhappily inform her that she can't go to the park because she missed her mark. As a consolation, you have a picnic on your deck|
|You can’t quite settle on the best outfit for your child and end up redressing him several times before heading outside. Then while walking with your youngster, you spend most of the walk worrying about whether or not your child's development is on track|
Question 4 of 8
You’re grocery shopping with your child and she spirals into a temper tantrum when you refuse to buy her a candy bar in the checkout line. What do you do?
|You apologize to the people in line with you, buy your child the candy bar, then strike up a conversation with the woman behind you about good daycares in the area|
|Try to calm your child, while explaining that sugar isn't a good food choice for her right now as it is nearly lunch time. When your little one doesn't relent, you strike a compromise (also teaching her the definition of the word) and buy a bag of M&Ms|
|This wouldn’t happen to you because you usually choose the candy-free aisle at the super market|
|Excuse yourself from the line, abandon your cart in an out-of-the-way spot, and retreat with your child to the car (and plan on returning to shop when your kids are napping or after they go to bed later tonight)|
|Get down to your child’s level, look her in the eyes, and quietly but firmly scold her for her behavior|
Question 5 of 8
What best describes dinner time at your house?
|If anything can go wrong between 5PM and 7PM, it generally does! So, to keep things in line, you've learned to set up your kids with books, toys, or homework at the kitchen table so you can keep a safe eye on them while you prepare the evening's meal|
|Dinner time can be difficult for you. Keeping your kids busy and catching up with your partner often distract you, and getting food on the table at a reasonable hour is rough. Take-out is your best friend|
|Dinner time is staggered at your house. The kids have evening activities, and you’ve got meetings and phone calls to make for your children’s various activities. You tend to stock the fridge with things you can throw together easily to accommodate quick-a|
|Like a smoothly running clock, you and your family sit down to dinner at the same time every night. Your children know what’s expected of them at the dinner table and generally are well behaved. It is a pleasant and easy-going time for you|
|Dinner is no problem for you. Each weekend, you plan out the week's meals and stock the fridge with containers labeled for each day of the week. You eat together as a family and schedule dinner time around activities so everyone can sit down together|
Question 6 of 8
You receive a cash birthday gift from a family member, what do you do with the money?
|Earmark it for baby proofing the house or buying a home security system|
|Immediately write a thank you card, then start brainstorming a list outlining the best ways to spend the money on you and your family|
|Put it towards a deposit to get your child into one of the best daycares or schools in your area|
|Bank the money; you never know when you might need it|
|Head out to the local department store with your little one for a mommy-and-me shopping spree|
Question 7 of 8
When you pick up your child at school, the instructor informs you that your child fell earlier in the day and skinned his knee. What do you do?
|Give your child a kiss and hug, thank the instructor for letting you know, and when you return home ask your child to talk with you about what happened|
|Admonish the instructor for not calling you immediately and whisk your child home to wash out the scrape and apply ointment|
|Give your child a big hug and ask him if he’s OK. Then talk with him about the accident, quizzing him about his feelings, how he might avoid getting hurt next time, and if he wants to continue attending that school|
|Ask the instructor how she treated the scrape, chat with your child about how he got the injury, and suggest ways to prevent getting hurt|
|Ask the instructor to take you where your child got hurt and show you how the injury happened. Then start researching another school|
Question 8 of 8
It is bedtime and you’re getting your little ones ready for lights out. What routine best describes you?
|You head upstairs at exactly 7PM for your kids’ bath and bedtime story. You’re almost always tucking your little ones in and giving goodnight kisses before the clock strikes 8PM|
|Before bedtime, you set out your children’s clothes for the next day and go over what tomorrow’s schedule will be like. Then after a fun splash in the tub, your children enjoy some cozy time with you|
|Before lights out you like to go over the day’s events and talk about what your child’s favorite part of the day was, what things may have upset or frustrated him, and offer ways he can overcome those problems with a fresh start tomorrow|
|After getting the dinner dishes put away, you and the children head off to get them ready for bed. While the bath is running, you fold a load of laundry and quick clean the bathroom. After a nice bath, the children cuddle up with you for a bedtime story|
|After you test and retest the bath water, your children enjoy quiet time in the tub. Your post-bath ritual includes quickly walking through your child's room to make sure windows are locked and sharp toys are put away before enjoying a good bedtime book|
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