The Ultimate Family Dynamics Quiz
by Staff
Today's families come in all shapes and sizes: single parent families, divorced parent families, older parent families, younger parent families, extended families and so on. Family dynamics can greatly impact your child's emotional and intellectual well-being. Take this quiz and learn more about different family dynamics.

A nuclear family consists of:

  • husband, wife and children
  • husband, wife, children and grandparents
  • husband and wife

What should you do to prevent homesickness when you child is away from the home?

  • Let them take comfort items.
  • Write down your phone number for them.
  • both of the above

Siblings that are born close together treat each other as:

  • playmates
  • peers
  • both of the above

Parents have _____ expectations for firstborn children compared to later born children.

  • greater
  • lower
  • equal

What are typical qualities of a firstborn child?

  • quiet, intelligent and hot-tempered
  • responsible, loyal and protective
  • aggressive, jealous and ambitious

What are typical qualities of a second-born child?

  • rebel, clown, entertainer and artist
  • troublemaker or peacemaker
  • both of the above

What is a common concern for only children?

  • parental pressure
  • social isolation
  • both of the above

What is an advantage of having a baby when you already have older children?

  • little sibling rivalry
  • teaches your older children about caring and compassion
  • both of the above

How can you foster family cohesion?

  • Make sure your partner is involved with the birth of the children.
  • Plan activities as a family.
  • both of the above

What factor has significantly changed the role of the extended family in recent years?

  • geographical isolation
  • increase in lifespan
  • both of the above

Extended families are more removed from the nuclear family in today's world. How does this impact children?

  • children are more dependent on their parents
  • children have little respect for the elderly
  • both of the above

How can you promote extended family involvement in your family?

  • create a “my family” photo album for your child
  • organize regular family reunions
  • both of the above

According to American law, how much unpaid leave does a new mother get after giving birth?

  • 6 weeks
  • 12 weeks
  • 24 weeks

What type of benefits due American companies typically provide working parents?

  • child care services
  • flex-time
  • both of the above

How can two working parents incorporate quality family time in their busy schedules?

  • Take relaxing family vacations.
  • Incorporate chores into playtime.
  • both of the above

If you separate from your spouse, you should:

  • be less strict with your kids
  • be just as strict with your kids
  • be more strict with your kids

How might your child react to the death of a parent?

  • denial and grief
  • anger and guilt
  • both of the above

What may be a drawback of having a child in midlife?

  • less energy
  • larger generation gap
  • both of the above

What may be an advantage of having a child in midlife?

  • more life experience
  • more financial stability
  • both of the above

Children born to mothers under the age of 20 are at risk for:

  • illness
  • educational and emotional problems
  • both of the above