Quiz: What’s your tot type (and what to expect)?

Does your mini-me love the limelight, or is she independent and mature? Take our quiz to figure out your child’s personality!

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Preschoolers sure are an unpredictable bunch, aren’t they? One minute, your little one is squealing with laughter in the playground, the next, they’re brooding in front of the TV or sulking with their favourite toy.
Though you have some way to go before they hit the angsty teen years (when you’ll really start tearing out your hair — but we also have help for you), we’re sure you still feel baffled by your kiddo’s temperament. 

But understanding their personality type lets you help your child better express their feelings. It’ll also prevent conflicts and help you anticipate behavioural problems before they occur.

Plus, it’ll ease the way you parent, and allow you to see the positives in their actions. By the way, note that no two children are the same — junior may, in fact, be a combination of two or more of the personality categories!

Your family is planning a trip to the zoo for the weekend and you’ve just told junior. They react…
A Excitedly, asking “Who’s coming along”?
B Unhappily, saying, “Why the zoo?
Why not the Bird Park?”
C By asking what’s going to happen if it rains?
D By jumping for joy and knocking over their bowl of cereal in
the process.

You’re at a wedding and your second aunt, who lives in Australia, introduces herself to your kid. They…
A Smile and give her a big hug.
B Take one look at her, and decides to ignore her.
C Lean on you hesitantly. Later, they ask you quietly where this aunt came from.
D Either shriek with joy, or burst into tears as they want to get back to playing with the other kids.

Compared with other kids of similar age, when it comes to doing a colouring activity, your child…
A Often peers over a classmate’s shoulder to see what he or she is doing.
B Keeps to themself and completes the activity as well as they can.
C Gets upset when they colour outside the lines.
D Uses large bold strokes with their colouring pencils, not really caring if they colours within the lines.

“Understanding their personality type lets you help your child better express their feelings. It’ll also prevent conflicts and help you anticipate behavioural problems…”

When you reprimand your munchkin for getting chocolate stains all over their new outfit, they…
A Grin at you and you can’t help but smile back.
B May look confused or upset, but don’t cry.
C React emotionally and cry.
D Chuckle and try to give you a hug.

At mealtimes, your mini-muncher is…
A Best behaved when seated with the entire family and digging into a shared meal.
B Sometimes good, sometimes not. Either they like the food or they really, really don’t.
C Eating well when they get their favourite bowl and spoon.
D Running all over the place, while you’re screaming at them to come to the table.

A day out with your little one…
A Is no biggie — they travel anywhere easily and have fun wherever they goes.
B Is fun, if they get to choose where to go.
C Is best if you go somewhere they’ve already been to so they know what to expect.
D Is exhausting — you can’t keep up with them!

When they’re really interested in something (for example, a new toy), they are likely to…
A Try to get everyone and anyone to sit down and play with them.
B Focus so completely on it, they’ll refuse to do anything else.
C Ask a few burning questions, such as “How does it work?”
C Zoom around the house with it, so that they can show it off to everyone.

Your child is best described as…
A Lovable and often the centre of attention.
B Quiet and determined, often stubborn.
C Easily overwhelmed, especially when it’s crowded or noisy.
D An aggressive bundle of energy.

Click “more” to find out what the scores mean for your tot…