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W is for Waging War on Whining


I just finished a full-cart grocery store trip, complete with a 15-minute wait in a checkout line populated by two clusters of fine whiners. Granted, those parents might have had better results, if they’d waited till after lunch and naps to venture out. Still, I felt sorry for them, as they endured the painful process.

Heck, I felt sorry for everyone in that grocery store line.
But I can remember those days. Parents pay a dear price when we try to tuck in one last errand or two after kids’ hungry and tired buttons have gone off.

Waaaah! Waaaah!

What parent doesn’t groan to hear children whine? How about whining husbands, whining wives, whining parents, whining coworkers, whining neighbors and other whiners?

Would you like a slice of “Geez” with that whine? (Sorry, I’m from Wisconsin. I had to say that.)

Had enough of whining in your home?

Check out these helpful anti-whining how-to’s from a variety of parenting and family writers.

Dealing with Whining Children – Carolyn Cordon
Do your kids whine? Do they drive you mad with their demands for stuff'? Have you ever wished they could behave better when you go shopping and not grab at things you don't want them to have?

As parents, we all have those days where we just want to scream, "That's enough!"  And that happens to the best of us, but when it comes to your child's whining could there be more to it that we aren't seeing?   Are they really trying to push our buttons, are they seeking attention, or are they really in need of something?

Would You Like Some Please with That Tween Whine? - Jaipi Sixbear 
The never-ending "please" comes in two forms. It's either long and drawn out like this: "Pleeeeease?" Or incessant like this: "Please, please, please, please, please, please?" It's one time when the word please does not constitute good manners.

Getting Kids to Do Chores Without Whining – Sylvia Cochran
How do you get your children to cooperate? Is it possible to assign the kids chores and actually see them jump into action? The answer is a resounding "yes!"

Help! My preschooler's angry and out of control! – Kathryn Sharp-Dierks
One issue common to most preschoolers is the temper tantrum. As a mom of two, I've certainly seen my own fair share. The tantrums don't have to make us tear our own hair out though. With a little help from us, our kids can turn those screaming fits into clearly articulated wants and needs.

The Sounds of Impatience – Michele Starkey
A study has confirmed that whining is the most annoying sound in the world. We are wired to whine, and some of us do it more often than others. Have you ever paid a fine for whining? My father almost did recently.
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  1. My kids do their whining when I call them in from outside to come eat dinner.

    A to Zer!

  2. Oh, how I remember those days...and now try to avoid parents with whiners, in department and grocery stores, at all costs. I'd try to do whatever it took, to get groceries without the kids. That was a real treat for me, back in the day. Naps always came first.
    Love your post. I'm a new follower.

    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  3. I'm glad my little one is a big one now, and has a deep voice, not a high pitched whiny voice!
    He still asks for stuff, but he know what 'No' means - it means no, and don't ask again.

  4. Oh, boy! Whinning children get on everybody's nerves. What do they need? Do they stop when you give it to them? Or are they in the habit?



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