Understanding personality types is a key to understanding your child– There are many personality type tests, but the one I like the best is the one with the lion, the beaver, the otter, and the golden retriever, developed by Gary Smalley and John Trent. The Lion is often a first born, who is the strong leader type. They get things done, have vision for the future, and can tend to be pushy if they get out of balance. The beaver is the worker bee, who sees a need and gets it done. The otter is the life of the party. They are the social ones, who love having lots of people around them. The golden retriever is the loyal faithful friend, who is always there when you need them. Who would think that 4 personality types would pretty much sum up everyone you know? It really is great for looking at your kids personalities, because you can picture the animal, and instead of getting frustrated that your kid loves to have friends over all the time, or won’t ever be serious, you see an otter, playing in the water and enjoying life. With our kids, it also helped me to recognize that my beaver was given most of the jobs, because she never complained and just did them, while the otter couldn’t find time to do chores, and lions would just like to delegate it to someone else. So whatever animal your children represent, they can be their best self if you recognize the animal attributes that their personality represents.