Are You the Best Parent You Can Be?

By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert

Take this quick assessment to discover how you measure up as a parent of an elementary school youngster with cerebral palsy.

This assessment will ask you some key questions to determine the strength of your current parenting skills and comfort level with being a caregiver for your youngster. Find out whether you know some of the methods of the most effective parenting strategies.

Note that this assessment consists of only 10 questions and the results may not be accurate due to the low number of questions (all of my other assessments have at least 30 questions).

Please complete all items. Rate each item on a scale of 1-5. Please choose one number and do not write a decimal, such as 3.5. Select the answer that best represents your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors as they relate to your current parenting style.

Try to answer as openly and honestly as possible. Choose how true each statement is for you.

Remember, 1 is less true and 5 is more true.

1. I often feel upset about raising my voice or losing my temper with my youngster, and I wish I did not do it so much.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
2. I find it difficult to consistently reward or punish my youngster because of differences in situations, my mood, his or her behavior, my energy level, and so on.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
3. Most of the time, I leave the disciplining of my youngster to my spouse/partner or to someone else.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
4. My youngster intimidates me. I am frequently scared to tell them no because I fear that they will get angry, feel let down, disobey me or not love me.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
5. I try so hard not to have my kids want for anything or feel left out- so much that I guess I spoil them.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
6. I wish I knew better how to be a great parent, I frequently feel inferior and wonder if I am doing something wrong.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
7. It is very typical for me to think things such as, “I wish I had more support in being parent, it feels very overwhelming.”
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
8. When my children misbehave, I am often not sure what the best response is. There is so much information out there (time out, grounding, punishing, etc.) that I have no idea what is best.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
9. I often feel like I never learned how to be a parent (from my own parents or otherwise), so I am lacking in such skills.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
10. Over the past month, at least two people have commented that I seem overwhelmed or stressed or uneasy or irritable or temperamental regarding my children.
Less True - 1 2 3 4 5 - More True
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Originally written and illustrated by Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, owner of Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, who, as a person with cerebral palsy, served for 10 years as a vice president in a Fortune 500 company during his 29-year career in corporate communication. He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and author of 14 Amazon books about disability awareness and disability employment issues.