Getting your children to do what they are told might seem like an impossible task.
But hope is not lost. A Reddit thread asked parents to share their 'psychological tricks' for getting children to behave.
Here are five of the best tried and tested tips from parents and teachers.
Treat your children like they are angels
Reddit user ceruleus0 says: "People become what you call them. You treat someone like a monster, they become a monster.
"Words are immensely powerful. This is also why I never call someone any bad names, even if they deserve it."
Similarly, another user warned to never ask a child not to do something.
"I had a terror child in daycare and people would yell at him for acting out. I would start each day by saying 'You're going to be a good boy today!'
“And every time he acted out I would say 'wait, you're my good boy right?'
"He would say yes and stop doing it. When his mum came to get him I made a point to of telling her how good he was. That child never acted out around me after a week."
Make them think they are in control
A schoolteacher chimed in saying she likes to give her students the illusion of choice.
"If you ask 'do you want to start your work?' Or 'isn't it time we got something done?' I modify it to - 'Would you like to do your assignment with a pencil or blue pen?'"
Make them laugh
Nitrostoat says: "Have a toddler that is in a bad mood? Sit down with them, look them straight in the eye, and say 'You're mad, so don't laugh.' Just keep repeating it as seriously as you can.
"I've done it for 15 different cousins over a couple of decades, and by the fifth repetition of 'DON'T LAUGH' they are busting a gut and rolling on the floor."
TheR1d3r says: "In an argument speak softly. It forces active listening which leads to active thinking. When they are listening and thinking they are not yelling, arguing, or talking."
Be a good listener
If you are trying to calm your kids down, one way you can do this is to sympathise with them.
User Lon-Abel-Kelly says: "If you want to calm someone down, sympathise with them whilst describing what's upsetting them in descending orders of magnitude.
"I understand why you're angry ... You're right to be frustrated ... This would annoy me too.
"As they accept the acknowledgements they want, they should also accept the declining emphasis on emotion and become calmer."