Child or Teen? I've used the term "child," but you can also substitute the word child for "teen." I'm looking for 5 more questions to add to the "quiz." If you have a question or two to add, please post a comment. Thanks.
1. Do you wake up your child to get ready for school?
2. Do you continually remind your child it's time to get up?
3. Do you keep repeating, "We leave for _____ (school, practice, or church) in ____ minutes."?
4. If your child is late, do you change your schedule to accommodate your child's tardiness?
5. Do you take responsibility for your child's things, like packing her sports bag for practice or his backpack?
6. Do you complete or adjust your child's homework and/or project until it meets your standards?
7. Do you take your child's homework, music instrument, and/or project to school if your child forgets it?
8. Do you allow your child to stay home "sick" because he has a project due that isn't done or a test she didn't study for?
9. Do you call or email your child's teacher over grades or assignments?
10. Do you make excuses for your child's misbehavior, such as, "The referee made a bad call."?
11. Do you run on the sports field immediately if your child's hurt?
12. Do you rush in to settle your child's disputes to ensure it is settled fairly?
13. When your child fails at something, do you reward him for trying?
14. Do you wait on your child by getting her snack or something to drink?
15. Do you make something different because your child doesn't like what everyone else is eating?
16. Do you expect your child not to do chores since school is his "work"?
17. Do you manage your child's schedule?
18. Do you call or text your child many times a day to check in?
19. Is your child your best friend?
20. Do you manage your child's money? Allowance?
If you generally answered "sometimes," you frequently allow your child to be responsible for her actions, but sometimes you rescue your child.
If you answered "usually" to the majority of the questions, you typically rescue your child and take responsibility for him. This is referred to as "helicopter parenting."
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