It isn’t just comic book heroes such as Superman or Batman who make you marvel at their super-heroism. Every parent is a superhero too. Take the quiz to find out your superhero quotient.
By Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj
“It's a little-known fact, but parents are like superheroes. With just a few magic words they can make you feel ten feet tall and bulletproof, they can slay the dragons of doubt and worry, they can make your problems disappear.” –Lisa Unger, one of America’s best-selling authors
“Every son's first superhero is his father, and it was the same for me. For me, he was Superman and Batman combined.” –Tiger Shroff, Indian actor and martial artist
Well, parents are truly superheroes to their children. However, how much of a superhero parent are you? Dear parent, to know this, answer the following questions by choosing the correct option.
1. When my children face moments of crisis, I find myself –
a. drained of my physical and mental strength
b. with the usual levels of physical and mental strength
c. functioning with greater than my usual levels of physical and mental strength
d. driven by unusually great physical and mental strength
2. When it comes to deciding something crucial for my children –
a. I am all muddled up and confused
b. I am capable of taking decisions as usual
c. I have better decision-making skills than usual
d. I possess extraordinary decisive skills
3. To my children, I display a sense of right and wrong that is –
a. always dependent on the situation and context
b. sometimes dependent on the situation and context
c. rarely dependent on the situation and context
d. never dependent on the situation and context
4. My sense of responsibility for my children can be described thus –
a. I will do whatever I can for them
b. I will do as much as I can for them
c. I will do all that I can for them
d. I will do anything for them
5. If I were to be entrusted with extraordinary powers to help me bring up my children, I will –
a. be extremely delighted and proud of myself
b. feel happy and excited
c. consider it a privilege
d. feel a deep sense of responsibility
6. Whenever I witness something unjust happening to my children, I –
a. am helpless and accept it as a part of life
b. wonder why such things happen and wish someone can do something about it
c. wish I could do something and keep brooding over it
d. cannot rest until I do something about it
7. When my children are facing some serious issues and I experience failure in my attempts at setting things right, I –
a. feel disappointed at all my efforts being unsuccessful and seek help
b. wonder how many more attempts I will have to make
c. focus on the issue and tell myself that I will make one last attempt
d. find myself pushing even harder
8. I engage myself in my children’s lives –
a. on all special occasions
b. whenever I can spare the time
c. whenever they seek my help
d. spontaneously, all the time
Scoring and Interpretation
For every ‘a’ that you have ticked, give yourself a 1.
For every ‘b’ that you have ticked, give yourself a 2.
For every ‘c’ that you have ticked, give yourself a 3.
For every ‘d’ that you have ticked, give yourself a 4.
Now add your scores.
If your total score is between 25 and 32, you can give any superhero a run for his title.
If your total score is between 17 and 24, you can don a superhero costume and do a moon-walk.
If your total score is between 09 and 16, you can give yourself a pat on your back for being in the superhero league, though not at the very top.
If your total score is below 08, you can tell yourself that you’re a bit of a superhero; you can always spin your web and make your way up there.
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Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj