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February 27, 2024

Parenting Anxiety Quiz

Kristie Plantinga
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February 27, 2024
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Many people say that parenting is the most rewarding experience of their lives, but that doesn't mean it's not overwhelming. In between the good moments, you may feel extremely worried about your child's wellbeing and development.

Some anxiety is a natural part of caring so deeply. However, if you find your concerns are spiraling out of control or interfering with daily life, you may be experiencing parenting anxiety at an unhealthy level. This quick quiz aims to help you check in with yourself and evaluate if your anxiety with parenting has become excessive. There is no judgment here—this is simply a space for gentle self-reflection.

As you answer openly, remember—every parent has moments of self-doubt and stress. Noticing signs of anxiety is the first step to dialing it back. With professional support, you can manage your parenting anxiety while navigating the pressure.

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At Best Therapists, we believe that online mental health quizzes can be an excellent first step towards improving our mental health. Quizzes like this one can educate you and provide opportunities for self-reflection, but note that they are not a substitute for professional assessments and diagnoses.

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Frequently asked questions

What are some common signs of parenting anxiety?

According to Healthline, some common signs of parenting anxiety are:

  • Feeling very anxious whenever you are separated from your child
  • Frequently imagining them needing your help or being in danger
  • Overprotecting and avoiding situations that provoke fear for your child
  • Spending a lot of time worrying about something happening to your child
  • Constantly searching for information online or in books to answer parenting, health, or developmental questions
  • Overestimating the probability of accidents or injuries occurring to your child
  • Ignoring your own needs because you are so preoccupied with worrying about your child
  • Talking about your worries with others, often in front of your child

If you are experiencing parental anxiety, it is important to seek help and support. There are self-help strategies and professional treatments that can help you cope and reduce your anxiety.

How can a parent’s anxiety affect a child?

According to Psychology Today, parental anxiety is the worry, fear, and stress some people experience in relation to their role as a parent or caregiver. 

Parental anxiety can increase a child’s risk of developing anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as impairing their cognitive, emotional, and social development. 

This is because parental anxiety can affect the child’s brain structure and function, as well as their attachment and coping skills. Parental anxiety can also expose the child to negative emotions, behaviors, and expectations that can harm their self-esteem and well-being.

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Kristie Plantinga

Kristie Plantinga is the founder of Best Therapists. Along with being on the client-side of therapy, Kristie has had the honor of working directly with therapists in her marketing agency for therapists, TherapieSEO. While working alongside therapists, she learned about the inequities in our mental health system that therapists face on a daily basis, and she wanted to do something about it. That’s why Best Therapists is a platform designed to benefit not only therapy-seekers, but therapy providers. Kristie has a Masters degree in Written Communication and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Music.

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Katelyn McMahon
Registered Psychotherapist, VT #097.0134200

Katelyn is a therapist-turned-writer with a passion for mental health. She has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of England and is a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Vermont. Katelyn has professional experience in aging care, addiction treatment, integrated health care, and private practice settings. She also has lived experience being on the client side of therapy. Currently, Katelyn is a content writer who’s passionate about spreading mental health awareness and helping other therapists and therapy-seekers Do The Work.

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  1. Legg, T.J. (2017, August 2). Understanding parental anxiety. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/parental-anxiety
  2. Meffert, H. (2022, March 14). How parental stress can affect a child's health. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-baby-scientist/202203/how-parental-stress-can-affect-childs-health