The You Zoo and Medley Press

Do you want to understand your child better?

Have you noticed that what works with one child might not work with another? 

Do you ever find yourself wondering...
"What makes them tick?" 

Well, you've come to the right place! 

The You Zoo Children's Personality Assessment may help you answer those very questions!

The You Zoo

Equipping and Encouraging You to Parent With Personality

Because we value children in their unique approaches to life, we strive to: 

  • help you understand your child as he/she was created, 
  • encourage the development of strengths, and
  • provide tools to modify areas that may be a struggle. 

A personality assessment does not limit a child, nor does it make certain traits define them. Rather, it is a tool to see what traits may come naturally and why others may take more practice. It is a helpful tool in supporting children become all they can be!

This personality assessment is a story of four monkeys (Sunny, Champ, Max and Pal) in The You Zoo. As they encounter different obstacles in the course of a day, each monkey handles the situation in a different manner. Children are instructed to read the story and decide in each scenario which monkey is most like them. Through the course of their decisions, a pattern emerges that gives insight into the child's personality. But the value of this book is far greater as it incorporates the following:

  • Children's Personality Assessment story and scoring,
  • Parent Observation Profile and score sheet,
  • Adult Personality Profile,
  • Introductions to the four personality styles as they relate to children and adults, and
  • Parenting tips for the various personalities and combinations with parent and child.

Whether you experience wonder, frustration, or joy at the differences you see in your children, you are already one step closer to understanding the need for this assessment. This just might be the most useful tool you ever encounter as you raise your child and make the most of your parent and child relationship!

We would love to partner with you as you discover more about your child!

Purchase The You Zoo here!

The You Zoo can be purchased here for a special rate of $14.95.

You may also purchase The You Zoo through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

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The You Zoo  can be used alone as a great parenting tool and is full of great information so it makes sense that it is also the companion resource to Parenting With Personality's flagship course Learning the Language of your Child's Heart. Learn more about Jami's class here. Imagine if children came with an instruction manual, this course would be it and The You Zoo is the companion book to this course!

Learning the Language of Your Child's Heart ClassLearn even more by following Parenting With Personality's Blog. Here you can enjoy light-hearted examples of the personalities in everyday life, interact in question and answer format, and become more confident
 as you parent with personality.

    Visit The You Zoo and Parenting With Personality on Facebook for parenting tips and discussion starters. 

*If you are looking for a personal consultation or public presentation of this parenting material, please visit ParentingWithPersonality.com

More about The You Zoo book:

You may be new to all this talk about the personalities. Or maybe you are quite experienced with what the study of personalities is all about. Either way, I’d like to share with you a great resource for parents and families as they learn to put the knowledge of personalities to good use.

I learned about the personalities back in junior high. I found it fascinating, since it helped me understand myself in a whole new way. When I started dating, it was interesting to see personalities play out in relationships. Then of course, as a mother, I was glad to have the backdrop of personalities in order to understand the things I would encounter in raising my kids. This desire for relating better and understanding others at a whole different level, fueled by my passion to help and educate others stirred me to start designing a practical parenting tool. I wanted other parents to be able to have a framework of their child and an effective way to relate and love them according to their unique traits and needs.

A colleague of mine, and co-author of this book, worked with me to bring this idea to life. The You Zoo is both a children’s personality assessment and a parenting resource. The children’s assessment is a children’s story that follows four monkeys through a day in their life at the zoo. Each monkey is a different personality.

  • Sunny is the Playful Sanguine personality. This personality is the noise maker.
  • Champ is the Powerful Choleric personality. This personality is the plan maker.
  • Max is the Proper Melancholic personality. This personality is the rule maker.
  • Pal is the Peaceful Phlegmatic. This personality is the peace maker.

The monkeys in the story are all different, and so are their actions and choices. When reading the story, children are asked to decide which monkey they are most like. Through child-adult interaction, the assessment is completed to give a picture of what the child would choose or do. Their choices and preferences give an indicator of their personality.

This book also includes a parent observation assessment. Using this tool, a parent makes choices that indicate another perspective of the child’s personality. Together, the child assessment and parent observation assessment can cast an accurate picture of which personality that child may be. There is also a short parent personality assessment. When all of these pieces are put together, a parent can get a clear picture of their child as well as who they (as a parent) might be. The book has sections on each personality that discuss personality strengths, struggles, and needs. Pages of practical tips for each of the personalities will help parents see how they can be more effective in dealing with the child. There is some discussion on the combination of different parent and child personalities and what might work well and what might be a challenge.

Parents and teachers have given great feedback on how this book has helped them make more meaningful connections. If you know that “one size fits all” is not true in dealing with children, this book is for you! If you want to become more effective as a parent or teacher, connect at a deeper level, and help grow your child in their strengths, than you will want to experience this book. To see what others have said click over to The Buzz tab above!