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The Good, the Bad and the Spoiled: Do You Know the Best Parenting Techniques?
by Staff
Parenting is a neverending job that comes with its own unique demands. When times get tough, it's easy to fall into counterproductive habits. Take our quiz to see if you recognize any of these bad parenting behaviors.

What happens when parents don't follow through on disciplinary actions for their kids?

  • The child might think his behavior is acceptable.
  • The child might think his parent is unreliable.
  • neither of the above
  • both of the above

What do psychologists say about the practice of constantly yelling at a child?

  • It's an effective behavior modification technique.
  • It's a form of abuse.
  • It's a harmless way to get the kid's attention.

In the parenting context, what are limits?

  • Negative factors in a child's life.
  • Useful behavior guidelines for a child.
  • Constraints that keep a child from learning.

What happens when parents don't establish limits?

  • Kids have more fun.
  • Kids have more opportunities for learning.
  • Kids feel insecure.

Limits for children's behavior should be ___.

  • few and clear
  • cover every aspect of life
  • written in stone

What should guide parents as they determine limits for their children?

  • Limits should never change.
  • Limits should stretch with the child.
  • Limits should be the same as all the other parents' limits.

What happens when parents use bribery to get children to behave?

  • It will backfire.
  • It works every time.
  • It teaches responsible behavior.

Should parents negotiate with children on every issue?

  • Yes, negotiation is always a good idea.
  • Yes, negotiation is necessary for household harmony.
  • No, negotiation isn't always necessary.

When it comes to chores, parents should ___.

  • assign some simple tasks to their preschoolers
  • spare kids the extra work
  • let kids get away with ignoring their assigned responsibilities

What is the likely outcome if parents negatively compare their child to another child?

  • The child will shape up and behave properly.
  • The child learns to identify role models for acceptable behavior.
  • The child may feel depressed and have low self-esteem.

How can parents avoid making negative comparisons between children?

  • They should focus on the good points of each child.
  • They should treat all their children exactly the same.
  • They should just have one child.

What is the best practice if a parent must vent about his or her child's behavior?

  • Use code words and phrases.
  • Talk to a trusted friend away from the child.
  • Blog about it.

Why do some parents buy their kids everything they want?

  • They want to make their child happy.
  • They feel guilty about something.
  • both of the above

How should parents help when a child has a project to do?

  • Take over because they can do it better than the kid.
  • Hang around and give advice.
  • Stand back, stay quiet and let the child learn by doing.

What happens when parents sign kids up for too many activities?

  • The child can become stressed from doing too much.
  • The constant activity keeps the child out of trouble.
  • Parents get to experience activities they didn't get to do as a child.

When a child has a problem, what should parents do to help resolve it?

  • Explain how the parent handled similar situations as a child.
  • Solve the problem for the child.
  • Listen to the child and encourage him or her to brainstorm possible solutions.

What happens when parents who try to be their child's best friend?

  • They lose their authority.
  • They're the coolest parents on the block.
  • They raise the best kids.

What do standing over a child, yelling and finger-pointing accomplish?

  • They show the child that the parent is paying attention.
  • They intimidate the child.
  • They achieve effective discipline.

Why do parents fail to follow through on disciplinary actions?

  • Parents don't really want to punish their kids.
  • The infraction wasn't really that bad.
  • They forgot the kid misbehaved.

What should parents do when a growing child demands more freedom and fewer limits?

  • Drop all limits.
  • Ask the child to explain why he or she wants looser rules.
  • Laugh and tell the child to forget it.