Our children are the most valuable component of our lives. Our interaction with them, however, sometimes seems to be more characterized by hurt feelings and misunderstandings than it does by happiness. Often as not that is because we have failed in doing what parents are supposed to do, establish clear expectations and enable our children to meet those expectations.

The most important thing to remember while disciplining your children is consistency. Parenting during the terrible-two’s can be challenging, for both little one and adult. At this stage children like to push the limits of what is and is not allowed. Make sure that you set clear boundaries and are consistent with your time-outs so children know what is expected of them.

Getting into an argument with your child is never fun, and when emotions are flying high, it can be easy to lose your cool and say things that you regret. When you feel yourself getting very upset, give yourself permission to take a time out. Walk out of the room, take a short walk, read a book – give yourself a chance to calm down.

Use clothes or items from the mother to wrap a bottle in if the baby is having trouble getting used to drinking from it. The smell of mom in the clothing will help calm the baby because he will associate it with his mother, thus making him more likely to give it a try.

Regardless of age, any child who walks to his or her school should wear retro-reflective materials as part of an outfit or on a backpack. These materials also have strips of Velcro for easy attaching and detaching. Doing so will help to keep your child safe, by making them far more visible to people driving than they would be without reflectors.

If you are cutting your child’s bangs and can’t seem to make them look right, do not trim them from ear to ear. Try starting at the end of one eyebrow and cutting in until you get to the end of the other eyebrow. This will make your child’s bangs look like they were professionally cut.

You can keep toddlers interested and stimulated by regularly rotating their playthings. Often, small children simply forget about a toy if it is not regularly in their field of vision. Children can become uninterested in a toy quickly, unless it’s a favorite. By changing up the toy box frequently, you can keep him interested in his “new” toys and avoid the temptation to buy new things too often.

One of the absolute best ways to establish a healthy relationship with your child is by playing with them. You will learn so much about your child just by taking the time to sit on the floor and play a simple game. You will have fun and so will your child as you build a great relationship.

Establish a relaxing, fun bedtime routine to help ensure your child a good night’s sleep. When a child is having fun playing, or excited about what he is doing, it’s a real mood-buster to hear the dreaded words, “Bedtime. Right now!” Instead, try to wind down the evening with a 15 minute warning, followed by a bedtime snack, tooth-brushing, or maybe a few minutes of cuddling on the couch. An interesting, funny, or happy bedtime story is the perfect end to your child’s routine, as it gives him some alone time with you and helps him relax on his way to dreamland!

Treat your child the way you’d want your parents to treat you. If you hated it when your child screamed at you, your child will, too. Talking in a calm, rational manner is more likely to get you heard than screaming. Show your children how you would like them to behave when they are angry.

Close Family

As a parent one should make sure to set time aside specifically for the family. This is important for maintaining a happy and close family, because with our busy lives it is easy to let other outside activities such as sports and work get in the way.

The tips delineated above should prove indispensable in helping us teach our children just what it is that we expect and how they can go about achieving those expectations. That frees up our time, and theirs, for more positive one on one interaction with one another. What possibly could be a more important objective?