Parenting IQ Test

  1. Although not ideal, spanking is an effective form of discipline.  T or F
  2. Children need nurturing more than discipline.  T or F
  3. Arguing in front of children is OK, so long as there’s no violence.  T or F
  4. Defiance is effectively addressed with more parental authority.  T or F
  5. Kids learn responsibility by following the rules.  T or F
  6. Psychological attachment to parents is necessary for normal brain development in children.  T or F
  7. Children get along better when parents stop sibling arguments.  T or F
  8. Confiding in a child about personal issues strengthens the parent-child relationship.  T or F
  9. Allowing kids to do what they want teaches them decision making.  T or F
  10. All children try to manipulate by playing one parent against the other.  T or F

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How did you do? Answers are as follows: 

1. F     2. F     3. T     4. F     5. F     6. T     7. F     8. F     9. T     10. T

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Duane Nelson

Born and raised in the Minneapolis, Duane is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has made his home in Rochester for the last 25 years. Duane has been married for 33 years to his wife, Cathy. The two met while doing music at the same church in Minneapolis. Duane and Cathy have two adult daughters, and the family love to travel and play cribbage together. Duane plays guitar and percussion, and the couple still make music together. Duane enjoys gardening, cookouts, hiking, reading, downhill skiing, and hanging out with friends. Duane holds three graduate degrees, two mental health licenses, and two major counseling certifications. He has worked professionally for 37 years in addiction treatment, mental health, clinical social work, pastoral counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Duane is widely regarded as an expert in marriage and family therapy. Following his retirement from Mayo Clinic, Duane founded Healthy Relationships Rochester. This innovative organization is based on developing the concept of Relationship Intelligence through teaching and disseminating best-practice relationship education and skill training programs in a variety of non-clinical settings.