Oh no! The annoying whining from your child. How do you stop it? How do you correct it? Can you get rid of it once and for all? The simple and quick answer to your question is yes! You can definitely help your child stop the whining in an effective way. I’m going to show you how!
As a mother of three, I have to dealt and at times still deal with my kids whiny behavior. I like to call it the “whining bug”. Where every child will unfortunately get infected by it and parents have to deal with it. The good news is that you can find simple ways to get your kid to stop whining.
What is whining:
Whining can be defined as “the making of a long, high pitched cry or sound” ~dictionary.com
These techniques is what I use with my children and so I can totally recommend them to you. Has it worked? Yes! In fact, my kids hardly ever whine. The big tip here, is that you gotta snip it in the butt. Meaning you have to stop it the minute you hear your child whining. There’s no ” I’m over this, I’m tired, I’m just going to give in to the whining”. Because you’ll loose!
Read the important tips to finally ending your child’s whining!
5 powerful and easy tips to end your child’s whining
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1.Communicate + Explain
Communication is key if you want your child to stop whining. If your child is old enough to understand what you are saying and follow directions (typically 2 years old). Then, explain to him why whining is not an effective way of communicating and why it needs to stop.
Instead of telling or yelling to your child to stop the whining, it’s a good idea to first explain to him what whining is and why it’s not a proper way of “talking”. This way, your child understands why he shouldn’t be whining.
2.Mimic their behavior
This idea is not to make fun of your child whatsoever. It is in fact one of the best ways you can show your child that whining sounds silly and it’s not effective in getting what he wants.
Once your child starts to whine, stop him and tell him, “This is how you sound” Mimic his behavior and then ask him “do you think this is the right way to ask for things?”. Listen to his respond and you’ll see that 99% of the time, they are going to realize that this is not a positive way of communicating.
When my kids start to whine, me or my hubby will tell them, “this is how you sound” and we then mimic their behavior. Not only do they laugh knowing that they do in fact sound silly, but they see that this is not a good way to get our attention.
3.Do not respond to the whining
Make it a point to let your child understand that you are not going to respond to his whining. You can even voice it out by telling him ” I cannot understand what you are saying because you’re whining”.
Explain to your child that when he whines, it is difficult to understand what he wants or is telling you. Therefor he has to speak in a calmly manner, so you can hear him and know what he wants to tell or ask you.
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A great way for you to help your child stop the whining is to re-direct him. If he is whining, tell him to talk and ask him another question. For example, let’s say he is whining because he wants ice cream. You simply ask him ” what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream”. This is going to make him stop whining and is going to make him think about the answer to your question.
Always, repeat the fact that whining is not the way to go if he wants your full attention.
I know I know, how hard it is to be consistent at times. Why? Because we as parents tend to just give in and give our child what they want, without correcting their behavior. This is so wrong and will not help you in the long run.
Consistency is key to stopping your child’s whining. You have to be consistent otherwise your child is going to keep on whining. Simple as that. In order to stop the whining as a parent, you need to reinforce the positive behavior.
When your child sees that you are not playing around, that every time he whines, you will make it a point to stop it right on its track. Then he is going to understand that whining is not something you are willing to tolerate.
I want you to know that you are not the only parent dealing with a whiny child. Many parents, in fact I’ll dare to say every parent has to deal with this challenging behavior one time or another. Your child can whine from the ages of 2 to 12 or even more.
Truth be told, hearing your child whine it’s very annoying and can even make your feel frustrated. That’s why I’m here to help you! I want you to also stop your child’s whining once and for all.
It is going to take consistency and not giving in on your child’s whining behavior. I know you’ll succeed if you follow the steps provided above 🙂
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