5 quick and easy tips on how to stop your child from whining
A guaranteed annoyance every parent encounters is persistent whining. It is after all, a time-honored kid communication ploy. Why do they use this tactic? Well, simply to toy with your emotions. Here are some tips to counter excessive whining…
One of a parent's most difficult tasks is how to stop your child from whining. When things don't go their way, a kid can either throw a tantrum or ruin an adult's day by pouting and being a sourpuss all day long.
How to stop your child from whining
1. Teach them to ask for things politely early on
You need to teach your child to ask for things politely from an early age. This means saying “please” is more effective than whining and wailing. Thank your kid and praise him for doing this well—“Thank you for asking so nicely.”
2. Don't tell them to "stop whining"
Commands like “Stop whining” are pretty much useless. Instead, you can say, “Sweetie, just ask. You know I don’t like it when you whine.”
3. Teach them to be self-sufficient
4. Never respond angrily
Never respond in a frustrated or angry tone. Why? Because this is the very behavior you are trying to fix—an adult version of whining.
When your kid starts whining you can whine back teasingly. When your kid sees this, coupled with the absurdity of seeing a parent whining, he will realize that whining is actually a silly thing that gets them nowhere. Reverse psychology, baby!