Good parents aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. There’s no formula to follow, but there are ways you can grow every day. Focus on the Family’s 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment gives parents an honest look at their unique strengths, plus some areas that could use a little help.

What are the 7 Traits of Effective Parenting?

It’s a simple framework of seven powerful traits that will help you grow in your parenting journey, and be the most effective parent you can be. As you grow in these seven traits, you can impart these same traits to your kids.  The seven traits of effective parenting are well researched, based on the foundations provided through Scripture, enriched by years of application in family counseling settings, as well as the great research surrounding the authoritative style of parenting.

The flexibility of the mind to adjust to the emotional and situational demands of day to day living.


Children and teens are worthy of respect because God created them and loves them.


Guiding, teaching and influencing children toward personal growth and healthy relationships.


Provision creates the foundation for boundaries which leads to an identity as a child of God.

Providing proper limits to help children learn balance and self-control.

Gifts of freedom that help us experience God’s deep love.

Illustrated icon of a word bubble with 'Thank you' in it
The word 'Gratitude'

An attitude that leads to thankfulness and appreciation.

What can you expect from this assessment?

  • Knowledge about areas where you are strong as a parent
  • Learning more about areas where you can grow as a parent
  • Resources to help you become the parent God is calling you to be
  • Support for being an intentional parent