What Kind of Animal Mom Are You?

ANIMALS

By: Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

Image: Adria Photography/Moment Open/Gettty Images

About This Quiz

There are billions of creatures on God's green earth, divided up into hundreds of millions of species. Within each of these, there are different instincts and habits - what you might call traditions, if they were human - about how to parent. Many creatures in the insect realm have a sort of "spray and pray" bulk purchase approach to parenting, where they simply lay loads of eggs, cross their fingers, and hope for the best. However, others are more discerning, even including some fish or amphibian species whose closer cousins take more of an absentee approach.

Generally speaking, the most doting parents are mammals, birds, and marsupials. The first of these groups, in particular, give birth to live young, meaning that they invest heavily in their offspring and show real bonds of love. Some mammals, such as wolves, produce offspring who are ready to go into the world on their own in a single year, but others, such as elephants and orangutans, are heavily invested, taking years to nurture their babies to maturity and teach them the ways of the world.

Which of these denizens of the animal kingdom most inspires your particular mom style? It's time to find out!

Do you believe in providing a free range childhood?

Advertisement

How much of the work of parenting - scheduling, communicating with school, discipline etc. - does your partner do?

Advertisement

What's your idea of an effective punishment?

Advertisement

How many kids is too many?

Advertisement

Do you stay home with the kids?

Advertisement

Does your household primarily revolve around the kids?

Advertisement

Who pays the bills?

Advertisement

What paid childcare do you use?

Advertisement

What do you do if your child is sad?

Advertisement

How often do you call if you have to go away for work?

Advertisement

Have you and your boo ever taken a trip without the kids?

Advertisement

How much do you judge other parents?

Advertisement

Including parents, regular babysitters, teachers etc., how many adults are on the "core cast list" of your child's life?

Advertisement

Does it take a village?

Advertisement

Do you believe women are naturally better at raising kids than men?

Advertisement

Do you trust anyone else entirely with the kids?

Advertisement

Do you expect your kids to be obedient?

Advertisement

Other than learning to share and be nice, etc., what non-school skill do they learn from you?

Advertisement

Do you care what your children wear?

Advertisement

Are your kids allowed to curse?

Advertisement

Do they get pocket money?

Advertisement

How involved is your family in your local community?

Advertisement

Do your kids call other grownups by their first name?

Advertisement

What correct assumption does society make about parents like you?

Advertisement

What wrong assumption does society make about parents like you?

Advertisement

How old were you when you became a parent?

Advertisement

Would you be more upset if your child was bullied, or if they themselves were the bully?

Advertisement

When are you proudest of your kids?

Advertisement

Obviously, you always love your kids, but what might they do that could really make you not like them very much for a little while?

Advertisement

What do you hope your child does when they grow up?

Advertisement

Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!