How to stop the whining?

Austria
March 15, 2007 6:56pm CST
My kids like to whine a lot, and ask the same question over and over again.Can we watch TV, I tell them no, they keep asking and whining and asking. I never give in, I don't know why they think I will. How do I stop the whining?
4 responses
• United States
16 Mar 07
Tr to redirect them. When they ask if they can watch tv and you say no instead try something like I know you want to watch tv but why don't you color me a picture or why don't you get the play dough out. I don't know your kids ages but this gives you an idea of things to try. Just give them a choice of 2 other things they can do. HTH
• Austria
16 Mar 07
yeah that doesn't work work with mine too much, unfortunately they inherited my stubborn streak
@harwoodkp (285)
• United States
16 Mar 07
The attention things sounds just about right. When our son starts his whining thing and wont stop. We have to step up the punishiment. It works quite well. This does not always mean a spanking. Use what they will understand.
• Austria
16 Mar 07
Ah yes, I used to give them time outs but then they stopped being upset about them, so I started giving their favorite toys timeouts. But I haven't been very diligent about that one lately. Maybe I need to be more constant with it.
• Malaysia
16 Mar 07
How about whining at them back? My be its just a way for them to get attention?
• Austria
16 Mar 07
LOL, actually my husband thinks they learned it from me. I don't believe him though. I have tried that, and it just encourages them I think.
@RivahGal (34)
• United States
17 Mar 07
Unplug the TV and tell them it won't come on. :) As for whining, we had a "whine cellar" when my son was younger. Also known as sitting on the bed in his bedroom. When they keep asking for something tell them "If you keep asking will my answer be 'Yes' or will it be 'go to your room for the rest of the day?' It takes 2 to argue. Put on some headphone and listen to music. Give them some chores to do (washing the fronts of appliances, washing wood work, sweeping the floor, sorting laundry), etc. Julie http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MeanMomClub/