July 13, 2005
Want to know how well you are parenting your children? Take Dr. Phil’s test by answering true or false to the following questions.
1. My children can predict the consequences of their actions with a high degree of accuracy.
2. My children know they have to perform certain things they don’t want to do in order to get access to things they do want to do.
3. My partner and I present a united front regarding rules and discipline to our children.
4. I adjust my communications to my child to his/her level of understanding, taking his/her age into account.
5. I am friendly and loving with my children yet I have established myself clearly as a respected authority figure in their lives.
1. I choose rewards and punishments based on what works
2. I reward my child for good behavior.
3. I parent without guilt.
4. I am sensitive to not over-scheduling my child.
5. I render discipline without anger.
Scoring: If you answered “false” to any questions in part one or part two, there are things you can do to more effectively discipline your child.