Parenting is one of the most important tasks we can ever undertake in life. Through effective parenting we lead our child from infancy to adulthood. Our goal, of course, is to equip them to eventually enter the world of adulthood as responsible and productive human beings. We accomplish this by example.

Do not try to introduce the bottle to a normally breastfeed baby who is hungry. A hungry baby will not understand what the bottle is for and will reject it immediately because he at this point only associates food with the breast. Get the baby used to the bottle when they are not hungry so that they can learn that it provides food as well.

Whether you are a set of parents living in the same home or separate homes, you are going to need to work together as a team when it comes to everything about your child. Learn to disagree in a civil manner, and find ways to resolve any differences quietly and in the best interest of your child.

You should try to share your hobbies with your children to see if you will share some common interests. If they do not like the things that you like do not be upset with them. Always remind them that they are free to have their own thoughts and feelings about things.

You need to listen to your children. That means when they’re telling you about their day, or when they’re explaining something they did wrong. Always listen to what they have to say and respect what they’re saying. Even if it sounds outlandish to you, it might make total sense to a three-year-old.

Don’t ever answer your children’s questions with “Because I said so!” Well, at least not the first time they ask. It’s important to explain to a child why they’re in trouble, or why they’re not allowed to do something. It’s possible it will make more sense to them and they’ll avoid doing whatever you say not to do because they don’t want to do it themselves!

Make snack time healthy by eliminating junk-food from your home. You can satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth with more nutritious fare such as, frozen yogurt and fresh fruit. Make food fun by creating outrageous names for healthy snack; for example, ants on a log is just celery sticks filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins.

One of the best things you can do for yourself as a parent is to create a support network. From moms’ or dads’ groups to friends, family, co-workers and community groups, having other parents to talk with and share the ups and downs of parenting makes the experience even sweeter. You can glean valuable advice from others who have been there.

In conclusion, our children learn to be productive well-adjusted adults by following our lead. We show them responsibility by being responsible ourselves. We demonstrate the importance of love and nurturing by providing it to them. They learn because we teach. The tips provided above help us be the teachers we need to be.