At the church we’ve been visiting, Gruff and I have been attending a Parenting Small Group class the last three weeks. (Smooch does the Nursery thing. Lordy. I hope that’s going to get easier, because it’s quite the roller-coaster so far.) We started watching a video series (apparently taped in the 80’s, judging by the ties and glasses of the speaker!) featuring Dr. Gary Smalley.
He starts off by identifying four types of parents, and then four personality types. (I’m brilliantly deducing that next week he’s going to tell us how to use each of the personality types to do each of the parenting types – well, only two of the parenting types are considered positive, so at least how to use our personality type to do THOSE parenting types.)
So the four personality types are some of the funniest I’ve ever encountered. Forget the colors, forget the initals. Are you a lion, an otter, a golden retriever, or a beaver? 🙂 See, that’s funny, right? A blogger named WierdGuy lays it out in more detail on his site, but in brief, a lion is strong-willed and dominant; an otter is a party waiting to happen; a golden retriever is gentle, loyal, and conflict-avoidant; and a beaver is analytical and perfectionistic. You can do a survey here if you’re really interested in knowing.
Apparently I’m a lion-beaver. Gruff is a golden retriever-otter. No telling about Smooch yet – but given his parentage, I’m betting he’ll be a Golden Li-be-ott.