A personality clash with our kids is one of the most common problems we face as parents. We think that just because we gave birth to them, they should also act just like us.
But, of course, children are their own persons with their own set of character traits, some of which may seem in direct contrast to their parents.
Your zodiac sign ― the time, month and year that you were born ― can say a lot about you as a person. Each zodiac sign is imbued with various quirks, likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses.
So, a deeper understanding of junior’s character can help you avoid or ease tension between the both of you. It could even help you understand your spouse better, since their relevant star sign probably has a different parenting style from yours.
Then read on to find out what the stars have to say about your child and you as a parent. Take it with a pinch of salt, of course!
Infographic: Paulyn Ng
YOUR 2017 “ROOSTER” CHILD
*Charismatic and eloquent, they’ll enjoy excellent interpersonal relationships, especially with the opposite sex. For some “roosters”, their self-confidence and charm may lead to arrogance. So, when it comes to interacting with others, “roosters” should be tactful and keep an open mind.
*As creative individuals who see the world differently from others, “rooster” students will excel in subjects that require creativity. Favourable careers include sales, marketing, business, finance management and investment. “Fire roosters” will be unfulfilled in jobs that involve working behind the scenes, such as administrative and backroom positions.
*2017 is a year when “fire” clashes with “metal”, so “roosters” born in this year will have dry and warm bodies. This is especially so for babies born on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th. A dry and warm body may easily lead to irritability and late sleeping habits during their growing years.
The “rat” family
The “rat” son is intelligent and quick on his feet but is prone to distractions and playful by nature. This may hinder his academic focus.
The “rat” daughter is also academically inclined. However, she is timid and lacks confidence. Her passiveness may affect her career and relationships in her adult life.
The “rat” mum is sensitive to her children’s needs. She can accurately pinpoint her child’s needs and wants, as well as preferences. However, she is hot-tempered and might resort to harsh parenting methods.
The “rat” dad is lively and playful, and may be seen as childish. Discipline is not his strong suit, but he will share good relationships with his children.
Parenting tips for a “rat” child: A flexible approach is needed ― there’s no “one-size-fits-all” model you can model yourself to nurture this child successfully. When given the freedom to develop at their own pace, the “rat” child will repay his parents with stellar achievements. A fun-learning environment is recommended for his formative years.
The “ox” family
The “ox” son is reserved, quiet, determined and strong-minded. This may make him seem stubborn. He is prone to overthinking and his mind is a palace of ideas. However, he will need to take the initiative in order to be heard.
The “ox” daughter is also quiet, passive and contemplative. She will excel in subjects that require logic such as mathematics and science.
The “ox” mum is conservative and motherly. She will devote much of her energy to raising her children. Prone to inflexible and harsh parenting methods, she may be at her wit’s end when raising a playful child.
The “ox” dad is a determined and hardworking parent who will do his utmost best to provide for his family. However, he is an overly-persistent man and a poor communicator. He’s likely to take a “my word is final” approach with his children, so his good intentions may be misunderstood.
Parenting tips for an “ox” child: Allow for activities that stimulate their creativity and develop their imagination. To counteract their passive nature, encourage the “ox” child to exercise more and participate in team-based sports. Emphasis on the fact that “nothing is constant except change”.
The “tiger” family
The “tiger” son is quiet but opportunistic. While he may appear passive, he’s waiting for the right time and opportunity to take action. He will grow up to be a person of principle. On the flip side, he is stubborn. Trying to change his mindset is akin to trying to move a tree.
The “tiger” daughter is masculine and possesses a strong personality. She will grow up to be decisive and independent.
The “tiger” mum is literally a Tiger Mum ― she is a rigid parent and sets high expectations for her children. If her child is unable to meet her expectations, she will make no effort to hide her disappointment. She should try to adopt a softer approach to parenting.
The “tiger” dad is bold and courageous whose top priority is raising independent children. As he is focused on developing his child’s self-reliance, he may neglect their academic growth.
Parenting a “tiger” child: Build their adaptability and resilience by exposing them to different life experiences. If your “tiger” child suffers from over-confidence, remind them gently to stay within boundaries. Let them find their own life goals and parent them from there.
The “rabbit” family
The “rabbit” son is creative and imaginative, however, he may not display determination when pursuing his goals. He is also contemplative, but passive.
The “rabbit” daughter will excel in arts-based subjects, such as music and arts and craft. Rigid subjects such as mathematics and science may prove challenging to her.
The “rabbit” mum is likely to be a helicopter parent. While her intentions are pure, she may be overprotective and controlling of her children. Overly-sensitive and an over thinker, she will always prepare for the worst.
The “rabbit” dad is soft and agreeable. As he is liberal with his children’s decisions, he is likely to be the go-to parent. His discipline tactics may differ from his wife’s.
Parenting your “rabbit” child: Train their persistence and determination. Think of the “rabbit” child’s development as a budding plant. Act as a “plant support” to facilitate their growth.
The “dragon” family
The “dragon” son is cheerful and creative. He will have many goals in life. However, as he is spoilt for choice, he may not know what to focus on.
The “dragon” daughter is cheerful and creative. Stereotypically masculine, she is firm and stubborn. When given a task, she will perform it to the fullest of her abilities.
The “dragon” mum is creative and flexible in her parenting. Even though she is likely to be capable in her career, she is able to effectively balance her roles at work and at home. Subjective and resolute, she may enforce her views on her children which may sour relations if the child is stubborn as well.
The “dragon” dad is capable and decisive in his ways. He is extremely responsible when it comes to providing for the family. As a strict parent, he is likely to raise his children with an iron fist.
Parenting your “dragon” child: “Dragon” children are highly creative individuals who may not focus on the right priorities. Make sure they set attainable goals and guide them towards achieving them.
The “snake” family
The “snake” son is highly adaptable and flexible. He is likely to come up with the right approach when dealing with unfamiliar matters. However, he may not be as driven to achieving his goals, being easily content when in his comfort zone.
The “snake” daughter has a soft personality, is nurturing and artistically-inclined. On the flip side, she may be timid and lack confidence in her views.
The “snake” mum is highly adaptable in her parenting. She is able to correctly judge her child’s needs and adopt the most suitable approach.
The “snake” dad has high expectations of his children. As the “snake” is of the “fire” element, he may be short-tempered when dealing with his children’s disobedience.
Parenting your “snake” child: Encourage them to live out of their comfort zone. When it comes to their study area, it should not be too cosy as it is likely to cause them to “hibernate”.
The “horse” family
The “horse” son is cheerful and always on the move. He displays a sense of urgency when completing tasks. However, he tends to get overconfident and easily distracted, which means that he is never focused on his goals.
The “horse” daughter is hardworking and independent. She is an optimist who never fails to find positivity in the face of adversity.
The “horse” mum is demanding and moves at a fast pace. Expecting her children to keep pace with her, she may show signs of impatience when they fail to do so.
The “horse” dad is likely to be career-oriented who is busy at work and focused on climbing the corporate ladder. While he may not spend much time with his children, he is an encouraging father.
Parenting your “horse” child: Inculcate the virtues of patience when raising them. A more focused and goal-oriented “horse” will enjoy more success in adulthood.
The “goat” family
The “goat” son is a passive individual. He is patient and peace-loving. However, when it comes to work, he is prone to procrastinating because of his laid-back nature.
The “goat” daughter is soft-hearted and kind but underneath her exterior, she may display passive-aggressive behaviour that may offend others.
The “goat” mum is motherly, but prone to spoiling her children given her indecisive and forgiving personality.
The “goat” dad is accommodating to his children’s wants. He is not demanding of his children and wants them to have a happy childhood.
Parenting your “goat” child Encourage them to be more physically active as this will help nurture their reactiveness.
The “monkey” family
The “monkey” son is quick-witted and possesses strong learning abilities, especially when it comes to modelling others. He is easily distracted and may get bored quickly when made to do repetitive tasks.
The “monkey” daughter can be inflexible and stubborn. Like her male counterpart, she is very intelligent but it’s very hard to change her mindset and opinions.
The “monkey” mum can be a tough parent today and a fun parent tomorrow. Her highly contrasting parenting styles may not benefit her children in the long-term.
The “monkey” dad is lively and playful. He will not insist on rules and sets loose boundaries for his children to thrive in. Discipline is not his strength as a parent.
Parenting your “monkey” child: They are easily distracted, so when it comes to study time, ensure there are no entertainment devices around them. Encourage them to be patient and focused when it comes to their academic pursuits.
The “rooster” family
The “rooster” son is intelligent, creative and communicates eloquently. He is likely to excel in school. However, his overconfidence may lead to complacency. Vain in nature, he tends to be afraid of “losing face” due to failure.
The “rooster” daughter is smart and charming. Parents should pay attention to the likelihood of their “rooster” child engaging in a romantic relationship, as it may cause distraction from their studies. Additionally, the “rooster” child should be humble and learn to open their mind to the opinions of others.
The “rooster” mum has high expectations of her children and is an over-competitive parent. She is prone to comparing her children’s accomplishments with those of her acquaintances. This is likely to put undue pressure on both parent and child, which may strain the mother-child relationship.
The “rooster” dad is demanding and competitive. Aside from that, they are generally better communicators, which may reduce the friction between father and child.
Parenting your “rooster” child: Teach them to accept failure as part of the learning process. Also encourage the “rooster” to adopt a humble attitude when interacting with others.
The “dog” family
The “dog” son is a determined and strong-willed individual. He is task-oriented and reliable. In the same vein, he may suffer from tunnel vision from being too task-oriented, leading him to lose sight of hidden opportunities. Also, his overly strong personality may be mistaken as stubbornness.
The “dog” daughter is also a strong and independent person. She is meticulous and pays great attention to details. Because of this, she may be prone to over-contemplation. Paying attention to minute details and losing sight of the bigger picture may result in unnecessary pressure and lost opportunities.
The “dog” mum is an attentive parent who is sensitive to the wants and needs of her child. Fiercely loyal and devoted, she can be overprotective of her children and has the tendency to spoil them.
The “dog” dad is a strict parent. He is responsible and protective of his household. Besides ensuring that his children are well-provided for, he also enforces rigid boundaries that he expects his children to adhere to.
Parenting your “dog” child: For a “dog” child to succeed, they must be taught the importance of being flexible in approaching life. Remind your child that the only thing constant in this world is change.
The “pig” family
The “pig” son is intelligent and likely to be a bright student. However, he is prone to being careless and this may affect him academically. Children of the “pig” zodiac are late bloomers. As such, parents should be patient when nurturing them during their formative years to reap future rewards.
The “pig” daughter is an optimistic and lively person. However, she has a bad temper and a soft parenting approach should be used to reduce friction between parent and daughter.
The “pig” mum is capable and possesses great maternal instincts. As she may be bad-tempered, she should take a softer approach to raising her children and refrain from showing her anger.
The “pig” dad is likely to take a laid-back approach to parenting. He is hands off when it comes to making decisions.
Parenting your “pig” child: Kids under this zodiac signs have a tendency to be idle and parents need to bring out the proactive spirit in them by encouraging them to exercise more. Also, bring out your child’s determination by allowing them to take charge of their choices at an early age.
*Astrology readings courtesy of Way Fengshui Group
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