- Whine back. Let them see just how annoying it can be.
- Become a broken record. Tell them you won’t listen until they speak calmly – and then repeat that phrase until they do!
- Call a time out. Removing them from the situation should cut out the talk and give your head a break.
- Are you speaking gibberish to me? Even if you can make out what they are saying, tell them they must speak in a normal tone with proper enunciation for you to understand what they are saying.
- Practice, practice, practice! Practice speaking in a proper tone with your lil ones and praise them when they do so.
For five other ways to end the whining,
- Shine a light on them. One of the key causes of whining is a child’s desire for attention, so make sure they’re getting some.
- Do as I say . . . Remember to be a role model and refrain from whining yourself!
- Get some sleep. Not you, your child. An overtired tot is a prime one for whining.
- Be strong. Though the whining may be grating, don’t give in – it only encourages more of the same.
- Trick or treat. Trick them into pouring their whines into a “whine” pot. The distraction will end the behavior.