When kids are at their best, your pride shines through you like a beam of light. When they’re at their worst, you feel like they’re possessed by Satan. We’ve gathered some tips and tricks from parents who have felt both ways and have learned how to deal with any situation that came their way.

Make sure you don’t overload your child with work. Too many parents keep piling work onto young children and they overload them. Make sure your child has time to play and just relax. It’s important to balance work and play, especially when your child is just starting school. It’s too easy to ask too much of them at once.

Be honest when talking to your child, and be honest when they are around you. You need to establish a foundation of trust between your child and you.

Make time to play with your children every single day. Playtime helps get you and your children moving, which benefits your health. Playing also encourages creativity, social interaction, imagination, and good self-esteem. Active play is better than passive, so take your kids to the park or even just the yard and let loose your inner child.

When breastfeeding, do not try to feed the baby on a strict schedule. Letting the baby eat when he is hungry will allow your supply and the baby’s hunger to develop as needed. If you try to feed him at a set time, he will not suck as hard and your body will not respond with letting down your milk. Your baby knows when he is hungry so follow his cues.

Have someone besides mom introduce the baby to a bottle if needed. A baby who is being breastfeed will be less likely to take a bottle from the mother as they want what they are used to. The process will go much smoother if a dad or other caregiver gets the baby used to a bottle.

Make sure your swings and mobiles use plugs over batteries. When you have twins you are using two of everything and that will include double the batteries. Save yourself the extra cost by only buying or registering for items that you can plug in so that you won’t have to take out a mortgage for batteries.

Making sure your children are fed properly will help your day run smoothly. When children are hungry, you will be able to tell right away. Infants will scream until they are fed, toddlers will throw a temper tantrum, pre-schoolers will get crabby, and older kids will get a horrible attitude. All this can be stopped by giving them a snack every 2-3 hours.

Whether beaming or frowning, always remember that kids are doing the best they can with the resources they have. It’s your job to provide them with the tools to learn right from wrong and good from bad. So, keep up your hard work! The goal is to raise amazing adults, and there’s no question that someone who takes the time to read this article IS going to reach that goal!