(My Dad often used the phrase "Silence is golden, duct tape is silver.")
I don't want to stand up all preachy with my parenting hints and tips, however this picture is from my cousin's wall who is a preacher and I love how the encouragement to family life is integrated into every aspect of their lives:
I wrote the snippet below as a forum response for requested advice. Like I said I am not the most patient, these personal rules give me the opportunity to mentally count to ten and not have a knee jerk reaction.
As a final point, try to have a laugh with your kids, don't wrap them in bubblewrap or start a sue culture if they get a boo-boo.