What The Chinese Horoscope Says About Your Parenting

As you get closer to your due date, you might find yourself trying to picture what kind of parent you'll become. You may look to your own parents for a peek into the future, pore over the latest child-rearing research, take a parental personality quiz — the possibilities are endless. For many moms-to-be, daydreaming is half the fun of pregnancy. So if you're the curious type or just want to find a way to pass the time, you might consider what type of mom you'll be based on your Chinese horoscope. Even if you don't fancy yourself an astrological expert, you can still have a little fun with the mystic predictions.

You might be wondering how the Chinese zodiac works, and if it's different from typical astrology. According to What's Your Sign, instead of using the constellations as a guide, Chinese astrology uses the year in which you were born to match you with its corresponding animal. Like Western astrology, each sign has its own unique personality traits. You can easily find your Chinese zodiac sign using your birth year. So if you're eager to discover whether you'll be a fierce tiger or a sensitive sheep, check out what kind of mom you'll be according to your Chinese horoscope.

Rat (1960, 1972, 1984, 1996)

Generally, there aren't too many positive implications about rats, but that's not the case here. As Astrology noted, in Chinese astrology, the rat is clever, charming, and adapts quickly to any situation. You'll likely be more of partner-in-crime than a mom — and that's just fine by you.

Ox (1961, 1973, 1985, 1997)

In a way, the Taurus and the Ox aren't all that different, astrologically speaking. According to What's Your Sign, people born in the year of the Ox are determined, diligent, and strong-willed. You may seem like the tough parent, but you're firm because you care deeply about your family.

Tiger (1962, 1974, 1986, 1998)

Ferocious felines seem to universally represent a fierce personality. The Chinese zodiac Tiger is bold, ambitious, and fearless, as Tarot noted. Just like the parenting trend of the same name, you really will be a tiger mom who isn't afraid to speak up for her babies.

Rabbit (1963, 1975, 1987, 1999)

Though bunnies may be the punchline of many procreation jokes, this sign is far from bawdy. In general, the Chinese zodiac Rabbit is ethical, empathetic, and intuitive, according to What's Your Sign. You'll be the type of mom who raises her children with a gentle hand and strong principles.

Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988)

This mythical is undeniably fiery. According to Astrology, the Chinese zodiac Dragon is confident, artistic, and influential. As a mom, you'll channel your creative intensity into everything from decorating the nursery to helping with school projects.

Snake (1953, 1965, 1977, 1989)

Similar to the Rat, people might misjudge snakes at first. As Tarot noted, the Chinese zodiac Snake is intelligent, graceful, and adept. The envy of all your fellow parents, you make motherhood look effortless with your serene skills.

Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990)

Just like the animal, you crave freedom. People born in the year of the Horse are adventurous, passionate, and a little bit wild according to Astrology. You'll be the type of mom who always gives 100 percent — and occasionally plays hooky.

Sheep (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991)

Similar to Aries, this animal is a bit on the assertive side. According to What's Your Sign, the Chinese zodiac Sheep is purposeful, warm, and sincere. As a mother, you'll always be there to encourage, wipe away tears, and keep secrets.

Monkey (1956, 1968, 1980, 1992)

There's a reason why the term monkeying around implies a certain level of silliness In Chinese astrology, the Monkey is energetic, playful, and bright, as Tarot noted. Your partner may not want to admit it, but you'll totally be the fun mom.

Rooster (1957, 1969, 1981, 1993)

Your mind may go to farming when you think of this animal, but this sign isn't exactly rural. As What's Your Sign noted, the Chinese zodiac Rooster is exuberant, boisterous, and willful. With a flair for the dramatic, your mom style is anything but boring,

Dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994)

As any dog-lover will tell you, these animals are truly loyal. Those born in the year of the Dog are protective, devoted, and warm, according to Tarot. Though you're typically amiable and affectionate, you've got the bite to back up that bark if anyone dares to mess with your pup.

Pig (1959, 1971, 1983, 1995)

The kind of adjectives associated with this animal may not be flattering, but this sign is quite classy According to Astrology, the Chinese zodiac Pig is gracious, fair, and optimistic. A glass half-full kind of gal, you'll be the kind of mom who can brighten even the dreariest of days with your genuine enthusiasm.