Welcome to the Chinese zodiac for kids and parents!
About the Monkey Child
You won’t find a more enchanting and quick-witted tot in the zodiac than the clever and oh-so-curious Monkey. He’s a little trickster by nature, and uses his abundant brains, charm, and improvisational savvy to cut every challenge down to size. And no challenge is too monumental for him — he will be a smashing success at whatever he sets his mind and efforts to in life. An inventive genius with unshakable faith in himself, the Monkey is relentless when he pursues an objective. You can’t help but be charmed by his delighted preoccupation with himself and his accomplishments — your Monkey has the best act in town and he never tires of it. Though he is a mischievous button-pusher who will drive you to distraction, he won't fail to steal your heart in the process.
Your Monkey child is brimming with bonhomie and fairly bursting with energy — he can’t sit still for a New York City second. He is a fidgety fount of “Why’s?” and a perpetual futzer with all mechanized items in your home, ever seeking to understand and demystify the world around him. Naturally ambitious, the Monkey possesses an insatiable drive for self-improvement, and he will seek out new experiences and opportunities to acquire more knowledge and skills.
One thing is certain, your cheeky little Monkey will usher an inordinate amount of delight, animation, and humor into your life.
Anything is possible in the Monkey’s mind — he’s motivated constitutionally to strive constantly to do better, to be better. As maddening as he can be at times, it is impossible to remain angry at your Monkey child for long. He is a connoisseur of likability, and can get on the good side of even the most irredeemable grouch.
The Monkey is extremely popular — everyone’s favorite little cut-up with an arsenal of monkeyshines sure to entertain the crowd. But he has issues around trust and invests his in very few individuals with whom he can fully relax his shrewdly competitive MO. The Monkey will maintain only a handful of deep and long-lasting friendships in his life, while delightedly enjoying the benefits of being very much in demand.
The Rat will be utterly enchanted and engaged by the Monkey’s ingenuity; the Dragon appreciates the Monkey’s superior wits; the Snake and Monkey won’t hit it off, due to their mutual aura of distrust; and the Monkey baits the Tiger mercilessly until sparks fly and tempers flare.
The Monkey is the genius of the Chinese zodiac, capable of detangling the knottiest of problems with ease. A fast and adaptive learner, he can master any task or discipline that captures his labile interests. Monkeys possess a great facility with languages.
Parenting the Monkey Child
Discipline can be difficult: The Monkey is clever at devising ways and means to justify or glamorize his more outrageous shenanigans. Monkeys have an innate sense of superiority, and it is imperative that their parents help them cultivate respect for others and a modicum of humility. When you do discipline your Monkey child, you may notice he doesn’t seem authentically ruffled by your indictment of him and his actions, no matter how contrite he acts. Yes, his contrition probably is an act. He’s far too delightful to be mad at, don’t you agree?!
Help Monkey shine: Monkeys are talented and highly intelligent and success comes all too easily to them. As a result, the value they place on their achievements tends to be disproportionately meager. Occasionally their interest and focus in worthy enterprises flag. Help your Monkey child develop steadiness and seriousness, as well as an appreciation of the fact that he can’t get everything his way.