Quiz – Are You a Defensive Christian Parent?

Quiz - Are You a Defensive Christian Parent? - Parenting Like HannahHave you ever taken one of those magazine quizzes or had to fill out some sort of personality assessment for your job or school? Often, it’s pretty easy to figure out how to “win” the quiz. (No matter what they say, we know one type is better than the others!)

Defensive driving is great, but is defensive Christian parenting? Take the quiz today, then check the blog post How Defensive Parenting Changes Kids to see what your score really means.

For each question below, answer “Yes” or “No”.  Add up the total number of “Yes” answers, then go to the post How Defensive Parenting Changes Kids, to see what your score means for you and your kids.

  1. When you see a parenting segment on your favorite morning show or other media, do you stop and listen?
  2. When your 8 year old wants to watch the latest PG-13 action movie with his or her friends, do you let your child go?
  3. When you read a Christian parenting blog post or article, do you inwardly roll your eyes?
  4. Do you buy the latest video games for your kids or allow them unrestricted online gaming?
  5. When you see a mom whose kids appear “perfect”, do you secretly tell yourself the child is probably actually a nightmare?
  6. Do you have an older Christian mom mentoring you?
  7. If you have a mentor, does she admit her parenting mistakes and suggest how she would have done things differently?
  8. Do you skip parenting classes when offered at your church?
  9. Do you pay more attention to the latest NY Times best selling parenting book than an older Christian mom at church whose kids are still faithful, productive Christians as adults?
  10. If an “old lady” offers unsolicited parenting advice, do you immediately reject it?
  11. If your kids are reprimanded kindly by teachers, fellow Christians, neighbors, family members or others do you get upset with the person who corrected their misbehavior (internally or externally)?
  12. Do you know what apps your kids have on their phones?
  13. Can you name your kids’ friends and tell a little about each of them?
  14. When your mother expresses a concern about your kids, do you immediately get angry?
  15. Do you know what worldview your kids’ school teachers have that influence how they present literature, social sciences and science?
  16. When faced with Christian parenting advice that would require making changes in how you are currently parenting, do you discount it as coming from someone who is a perfectionist or unrealistic?
  17. When your kids want to do something or make a belief statement that is opposite of what is clearly stated in the Bible, do you let it slide and hope they will change their minds one day?

How did you do? Confused? Look for our post on How Defensive Parenting Changes Kids to see what your answers mean for your kids.

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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