Parenting Style Quiz

Instructions: This quiz is designed to help you better understand your parenting style. For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 4 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results. (If both parents are available, they should both take the quiz and then compare their parenting styles.)


I am a year old / /

1. Parents should provide direction but also listen and discuss their kids’ concerns.

2. Society would be better if parents were more strict with their kids.

3. Kids should make most of their own decisions without parental direction.

4. There shouldn’t be rigid rules for kids’ behavior.

5. Parents should provide direction and guidance in rational and objective ways.

6. Children should be told exactly what to do and how to do it.

7. Kids can make up their own minds and do what they want to do.

8. Kids need to learn early who the boss is in the family.

9. Children should get their way as often as their parents do.

10. Parents should discuss the reasons behind their policies with their kids.

11. Children should follow their parents’ orders without asking questions.

12. Parents should make their expectations of their children very clear and open to discussion.

13. Parents shouldn’t restrict children’s activities or decisions.

14. Children should conform to what parents know is right.

15. Kids should be encouraged to discuss family rules and restrictions.



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Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

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Research Team, P. (2020). Parenting Style Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from


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Last updated: 17 Jan 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Jan 2020
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