Maybe your kid's picking up some bad habits from you. Score yourself on our Parents exclusive 'Tude Test to find out.
1) When your husband, who's sitting on the couch reading the newspaper while you're making dinner, asks you to bring him a drink, do you:
A Say sarcastically, "Have you lost the use of your legs?"
B Bring him the drink and angrily shove it in front of the newspaper.
C Nicely say, "Sorry, I'm in the middle of dinner here."
2) You've just sat down for dinner and your toddler screams, "Where's my fawk?" Do you:
A Angrily reply: "I'm not getting you anything until you ask me nicely."
B Sigh loudly but get him a fork.
C Say cheerfully, "Oh, I forgot to give you a fork? I'd be happy to get you one but let me get a 'please' first."
3) At bedtime your sweet angel asks for 522 extra kisses. Do you:
A Get frustrated and ask, "Why do you always have to make going to bed such an ordeal?"
B Say, "Oh, okay," secretly wishing the whole time that you were checking e-mail.
C Tell her "No, but I'll give you five giant ones! I have grown-up things to do now and you need your sleep."
Score: "A's?" You're setting a bad example. Count to three before you respond -- no matter how irritated you are.
"B's?" You might be modeling a little passive-aggressive behavior and, trust us, it will come back to haunt you!
"C's?" You're on the right track and can take comfort in the fact that your child's attitude isn't coming from you.
Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the January 2008 issue of Parents magazine.