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Take a good look at temperament and personality in your children.

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Score this easy assessment to discover your child’s uniqueness and personality. 
Then… MATCH your parenting style with your child’s temperament

 

For example look at your child’s Activity Level – What does it mean? It means the level of child’s daily activities (what is your activity level?)

My child has difficulty sitting still, even for reasonable periods of time.              
           Yes              No           Sometimes

At regular intervals my child needs physical activity as an outlet for excess energy.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child prefers play that involves movement instead of quiet play.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child moves rapidly and likes to run rather than walk.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

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Regularity – What does it mean? It means thelevel of child’s daily regularity (what is your regularity level?)

My child goes to sleep and awakens at the same time each day (within the half hour).

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child gets hungry at about the same time each day.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child has a bowel movement at about the same time each day.                                   

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child sleeps about the same number of hours each night.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child eats about the same amount of food each day.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

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Intensity of Reaction – What does it mean? It means thelevel of child’s daily stress and intensity of reactions and emotions (what is your intensity of reactions?)

My child shows emotions with facial expressions, body language, or verbal intonations.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

It is obvious when my child is under stress.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child gets enthusiastic and excited when telling a story.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child reacts immediately and vigorously when the child feels rights have been violated.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child reacts with enthusiasm and excitement to special events, trips, or visitors -rather
 than taking things "coolly."

        Yes              No           Sometimes

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Adaptability to New and Novel Situations– What does it mean? It means thelevel of child’s
ability to adapt to new situations (what is your adaptability to new situations?)

My child learns to like food that was once disliked.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child easily "makes himself/herself at home" in new surroundings by easily adapting
to the new life-style or set of rules that apply.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

After a break in routine, such as a trip or school vacation, my child easily gets back into the routine.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child gets over attacks of shyness rapidly.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child changes the rules or format for games and play.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

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Sensory Threshold– What does it mean? It means thelevel of child’s sensitivity to changes in environment, comfort level, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching (what is your sensory threshold?)

My child is conscious of odors and comments on pleasant and unpleasant smells.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child is sensitive to temperature and apt to complain that a room is too hot or too cold or that food is not the right temperature.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child cries easily when suffering any minor injury or bruise.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child complains when clothing is too tight, itchy, ill-fitting, or if it becomes dirty or damp.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

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Positive/Negative Mood – What does it mean? It means thelevel of child’s friendliness vs. aggressive or argumentative behavior

My child laughs, smiles, and seems to be having a good time.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

When my child is upset, it is easy to comfort the child.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child takes losing a game in stride, without upset.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child avoids arguments when when not given own way.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child tends to tell me about the good things that happen, avoiding complaints and criticism.

        Yes              No           Sometimes
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Distractibility – What does it mean? It means thelevel of child’s ability to concentrate, adjust his reaction and vary his attention span (how do you react?)

My child's concentration is easily broken by noises, other children, or whispering.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child is set on one particular  toy or activity, but it is easy substitute another.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

 My child is in a bad mood, but snaps out of it easily.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child is easily distracted in most situations.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

When the child is involved in a task, the child responds quickly when told it is time to  stop and drops everything.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

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Persistence/Attention Span – What does it mean? It means thelevel of child’s determination and pursuit of previous or current activities in social settings where others are involved (how do you react to interruptions, persistent questioning and time constraints?)

When my child is interrupted, the child does not go back to the same activity.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

When my child is learning something new, the child is easily frustrated and wants to do something else.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

If I am too busy to answer a question, the child goes away and does not come back later for the answer.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child dislikes doing the same thing for a long period of time and doesn't finish what is started.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

If  my child has difficulty with a problem, rather than solve it, looks for outside assistance.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

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Approach/Withdrawal – What does it mean? It means thechild’s level of approachability vs. withdrawal from new or unfamiliar settings in social and emotional situations (how do you react to new situations, unfamiliar food, new surroundings and performing in public?)

My child likes to perform in front of others.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child is outgoing when it comes to meeting new people.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child enjoys jumping into new activities and new situations rather than holding back .

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child prefers new toys or clothes to old, familiar ones.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

My child enjoys trying new foods or experiencing new surroundings.

        Yes              No           Sometimes

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Now that you have completed the assessment, see how you can improve your parenting style. MATCH your parenting style with your child’s temperament and behavior.

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