This seems like a small tip, but it can have a big impact. So often when I hear parents correcting their child’s unpleasant tone, they say, “stop whining,” or, “no whining,” or, “I can’t hear that whiney voice!” If anything, this reminds the child to whine. The golden rule here is, ‘what you focus on, … Continue reading Whining? Focus on the Positive
It costs children nothing to whine all afternoon. If you try to ignore it, they will outlast you. They will outlast you because whining requires so little effort on their part. You will break before they will stop whining and when you break, however you do it, you are likely reinforcing their whining. First, fix … Continue reading Stop the Whining!
Dear Dr. Rene, I have three sons: ages seven years, five years and two months. We hear a fair amount of whining from the seven-year-old. We respond the way you suggest, “I can’t understand that voice. I’ll be ready to hear your regular voice in a few minutes. Please wait.” The tricky part is that … Continue reading Whining Between Siblings