My kids are 5, 3 and 1. And let me tell you, we have been going through some major whining lately.
Their whining voices have the effect on my nerves of someone pulling fingernails across a chalkboard. Bad, I know!
These whiny meltdowns seem to happen especially often at meal times, when everyone thinks that what they are being offered to eat isn't what they really want. Or when the other kid has the book the other needs RIGHT now. Or it is time to go to bed, etc.
I have tried saying, "I can't hear you when you talk like that. Use a happy voice." I have tried saying, "Ask nicely." These sometimes work, but rarely.
Our three old's newest trick is saying at meal times,
"I can't eat" (She wants us to feed her. But I am feeding our one year old while trying to eat).
I say, "Ok, if you don't want to eat you can go play."
She says, "No, I want to eat." I
say, "Good, then eat."
She says in her most whiny voice, "I caaaan't."
What are your tips for dealing with whiny kids?
My hope is that this is the tail end of their illness over the last weeks and that with the return of better healthy they will also be less whiny and more optimistic.