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          Are You an Angry Mom?

          November 17, 2010

          Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when disciplining your children? Fear that your temper may be out of control? The following quiz can help gauge if you need help dealing with deep feelings of hostility.

           

          1.     I get very frustrated with my children to the point that I call them names.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          2.     My children know my anger buttons to make me angry easily and cause me to yell at them.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          3.     I punish my children because I get angry with them.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          4.     I think the only way to get through to my children is to hit them.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          5.    Children have to be taught by punishment what and what not to do.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          6.    I am raising my children the way I was raised, and that includes spanking, to get my points across.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          7.    Sometimes, I just hit my children because they interfere with what I want my life to be.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          8.    I think my children will not respect me unless I cause pain sometimes.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          9.    I don’t intend to cause my children to feel pain, but I lose control and really don’t mean it.

          a.    All the time

          b.    Occasionally

          c.    Never

           

          Scoring:  Count every “all the time” answer as 2 points and every “occasionally” answer as one point, and add up all items for a score in a range from 0 to 18. Compare your score below:

           

          13 to 18: There are definite issues of anger behavior toward your child, and it is recommended that you get help in handling your deep feelings of hostility.

           

          9 to 12: There are situations in which you need to be more in touch with your feelings of anger, instead of taking it out on the child.

           

          4 to 8: There are problems that need to be resolved in your life, and you are likely focusing on your child as an outlet. Look within yourself with Dr. Phil’s Self Matters.

           

          0 to 3: Your score indicates that you have no or few anger habits that you use against your child.

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