We figured we needed some down-to-earth levity to spruce up the day, and think this ‘revealing’ parenting quiz might fit the bill!
You know you’ve done it. You’ve fallen for that quiz on social media that tells you which Little Women character you’d be or what your favorite type of music says about your baby’s personality or whatever the latest quiz du jour is.
They’re fun, they’re breaks and today? They’re a bit of ‘normalcy’ in a world that doesn’t feel super ‘normal’ at all.
Why are quizzes so darned hard to turn down? In an article with Wired, MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle says that we’re drawn to quizzes because they help us quantify our human condition. Turkle says at our core, we use quizzes to sort of give ourselves a number, a definition with which we can look at ourselves.
Now, with social media, they’re no longer just for ourselves, though, as they were before, Turkle said. Now, with social media and email quizzes, we take them and then share them, and in essence, it’s a way we share who we think we are and look to others to see if they agree or not.
And wouldn’t that make sense? Doesn’t it seem so many of us look for connection with each other on social media, and in that connection, we’re looking for validation and introspection as well?
Whether it’s the right place to do so or not isn’t really the debate. No, you’re never going to get anything out of knowing that you were born to live on the beach as opposed to the city (so says the latest quiz), but then again…you may find yourself gaining a lot of insight and giving a path of self-awareness if you take a quick Enneagram or Briggs-Meyer test about your personality. Online quizzes don’t have to necessarily be bad things, and honestly, some of them are kind of fun.
Which is why we went digging in our archives for one of our most popular ‘revealing’ quizzes! We think now, more than ever, we need a little mom-humor that’s non-judgy and lighthearted, and you can share or not–your choice and we won’t tell. We just think that laughter is good for the soul and laughing at ourselves and with each other is what helps us make it during these tough times. Enjoy, and let us know how many points you score (or don’t, like we said, no judging!).
From Brian Leaf:
When I was a kid, I loved the television show Let’s Make a Deal. I especially loved the segment in which the host, Monty Hall, would ask a woman from the audience to find some obscure item in her purse, such as a paper clip or supermarket receipt. I’ve been thinking that parents could play a similar game, looking for obscure items in the family room.
So, here’s the game.
Sit on the couch in your family room and see how many of the following items you can spot. Tally the points and leave a comment with your total. Let’s see who can get the most. Good luck!
1. Beeping, flashing, ridiculously noisy toy that was a gift from your parents or in-laws and that you’re can’t wait to donate to Goodwill… 20 points
2. Juice, fruit, or ice cream stain on the couch… 10 points
3. Juice, fruit, or ice cream stain on the ceiling… 50 points
4. Artwork that you are dying to recycle but are not allowed to recycle and that you will recycle in seven months when your kid forgets about it… 20 points
5. Anything from a birthday goodie bag (e.g. Cheap plastic non-functioning harmonica; superball; plastic bracelet that was popular with Punky Brewster in 1985; plastic parachute guy who, if thrown into the air, will fall no more slowly than if thrown without parachute). Each item … 10 points
6. Couch cushion fort… 20 points
7. Bare couch with no cushions (that you are sitting on)… 50 points
8. Electronic device that your child has taught you to operate… 10 points
9. Unfolded laundry in laundry basket… 5 points
10. Child in laundry basket… 20 points
11. Plastic set of Tinkertoys… 1 point
12. Classic wood Tinkertoys… 10 points
13. One lone mystery Tinkertoy, even thought as far as you know you don’t own a set… 50 points
14. Abandoned Monoploy money, Risk piece, or six-sided die… 10 points/each
15. Doll head eerily rolling around on the floor… 25 points
16. Any of the following books… 10 points each
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
- The Baby Book
- Good Night Moon
17. Child-made paper mache anything (most likely pinata)… 25 points
18. Nail clipper on window sill… 15 points
19. Nail clipper and a small pile of nail clippings on window sill… 25 points
20. Undies (child)… 25 points
21. Undies (adult)… 0 points
22. Sippy cup or bendy straw… 10 points
23. Balloon… 10 points
24. Helium balloon… 20 points
25. Helium balloon, mostly deflated, hovering at eye level that will scare the bejesus out of you at one in the morning because you think it’s an intruder or the ghost or your grandpa… 50 points
26. Thomas the Tank Engine train tracks that you will step on at one in the morning after the balloon scares the bejesus out of you… 35 points
27. Tin of pens and pencils… 15 points
28. Tin of working pens and sharpened pencils… 50 points
29. Reach under sofa cushion. If you find:
- Pen or pencil… 5 points
- Coins totaling more than fifteen cents… 10 points
- Game piece… 10 points
- Hair, lint and used tissues… 25 points for bravery
30. Kid-related stain on your shirt or pants… 10 points
31. Stain-free, wrinkle-free clothes… 10 points for lying
BONUS: Fifty points if you’ve had sex on the couch this year, cause good for you.
Tally your score and write the total points in a comment. Good luck!