Nothing seems to get on a parent’s last nerve like the sound of a whining voice. As parents we find whining aversive, but we may have unintentionally contributed to its use.
Sometimes children discover that the most effective way to communicate an immediate need to a busy, distracted parent is to whine. Repeated requests made with an increasingly whiny tone of voice frequently get results for the child. Parents will do almost anything to make it stop! Yelling at the child or saying, “stop whining,” doesn’t help. The habit is hard to break if your child has been using whining as a means of communication for some time. There is hope.
Try this and see what happens!
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