Family stress quiz

Is you family too stressed? Take this quiz to learn where your family stands on the stress meter, then check out some of the tips below that can help your family manage the pressure.

1. Which of the following best describes dinner at your house?
A. Fast food from a drive-through eaten in front of the TV
B. Microwave leftovers and every man (and woman and child) for himself
C. A sit-down meal at our favorite family restaurant
D. A meal prepared that night and eaten at the dining room table

2. How many nights a week do you have dinner together as a family?
A. None
B. Fewer than 3
C. 3–6
D. Every night

3. Which scenario best reflects your approach to grocery shopping?
A. Shop only when you need something; who has time to shop?
B. Rush to the supermarket after work to purchase premade dinners.
C. Shop from an itemized list, but also buy stuff that isn’t on the list.
D. Shop with an itemized list and stick to it.

4. Weekday mornings in your house are best described as:
A. A race to get everyone up, dressed, fed, and out the door—breakfast isn’t an option and, neither is packing a lunch.
B. A whirlwind of activity that ends with breakfast bars in the car
C. Manageable, but hectic—there’s time for breakfast, but not always time to pack lunches.
D. Energized and under control, with time for breakfast; lunches packed and clothes laid out the night before

5. Bedtime in your household usually involves:
A. Lights out after 60 minutes or more of negotiating
B. Lights out after several story requests and repeated visits to your child’s room
C. Lights out after a quick bedtime kiss—you have work to do.
D. Lights out after a story and a bedtime kiss, with little or no negotiating

6. When it comes to maintaining the house, you:
A. Do it all
B. Hire help
C. Do most of it, with sporadic help from the rest of the family
D. Use a chore schedule to divvy up the work among all family members

7. How many weekends a month do you devote to family-oriented outings?
A. 0–1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4

8. Your approach to a weekend is to:
A. Clean and work around the house both days, with no structured activities for the kids
B. Race around to sports practices and games and other activities
C. Eat out and rent videos, ignoring the chores
D. Do a planned family activity one day, household chores the next

9. How many after-school activities is your child involved in weekly?
A. More than 3
B. 3
C. 2
D. 1

10. Which scenario best describes how family arguments are handled in your home?
A. Lots of shouting, crying, and sometimes even slammed doors
B. Heated discussions with one person doing all the talking and little listening
C. No communication, just moody silences until all the issues are “forgotten”
D. Heated discussions in which all parties get to present their points of view

11. When it comes to money issues, you:
A. Have no household budget and no savings
B. Budget day to day and have minimal savings
C. Have a budget, but have a hard time sticking to it—you save when you can.
D. Budget monthly and have a savings cushion

12. Money and/or finances are the source of arguments in your home:
A. Every day
B. At least once a week
C. At least once a month
D. Infrequently

13. A night out for you without the kids is:
A. Nonexistent
B. Rare
C. Monthly occurrence
D. Weekly occurrence

If you answered mostly:

Frantic family
Stress is likely running you, and your family, ragged. Take the time to get organized and share more household responsibilities with family members. Find ways to improve communication so that shouting and arguments can be reduced. Work on creating structure so that life won’t feel so overwhelming.

Frazzled But Coping
Stress levels are high, but you aren’t at the breaking point yet. Time management is key. Slow down and take time to enjoy activities with your family. You have too much going on and too little time to do it. Lessen stress in your life by getting extra help from your spouse, older children, or even a housekeeper.

Quietly Manic
There is moderate stress in your family and avoidance seems to be the primary cause. Ignoring problems doesn’t lessen stress, it amplifies it—especially when it comes to conflicts. You have a sense of structure but have difficulty sticking to it during tough times. The key is to face stressors head on.

Keeping it Together
Stress levels are low. Communication, structure, and organization keep things flowing smoothly in your household. You have found a way to strike a balance between discipline and flexibility, aren’t afraid to delegate, and have learned the importance of keeping lines of communication open.

Thanks, Heart Healthy Online

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