Is there anything tougher as a parent than listening to a preschooler whine? No matter how tough it is, there are ways to “tough” it out. You don’t have to listen to your preschooler whine forever. Here are several tips to help you wipe out preschooler whining.
Ignore the Whining
Wiping out whining with some preschoolers can be as simple as ignoring their tactics. Most of the time they know they can get your attention, so that’s why they don’t give up. Ignore their whining and keep doing what you’re doing. This tip won’t work for everyone, but there’s no harm in trying if nothing else has worked.
Keep Them Busy
If your preschooler stays busy, then they won’t have any time to whine. Keep them busy with various learning activities or with little chores around the house. You’ll keep their mind and mouth off the idea of whining with a little planning ahead.
Correct Their Whine
In a rare occurrence, some preschoolers may not know that they are whining, but for the majority they do know. If you catch your preschooler whining, ask them to please stop whining and ask them to speak correctly. They’ll eventually get tired of being corrected. If this backfires on you, simply ask your child to go to their room and to come back when they are ready to ask without a whine in their voice. Although this can be repetitious for you, it’s about consistency and you showing them that you will not tolerate whining.
Make Your Preschooler Laugh
Preschoolers can be easily distracted. If you are just having a regular day at home and your preschooler is a little whiney, don’t be afraid to try and make them laugh. This won’t work with every preschooler, but a little joke or a little tickle can’t hurt. Not everyone can be 100% well behaved all of the time, sometimes a little distraction is just what the doctor ordered.
Praise Your Preschooler When They’re Not Whining
Parents are notorious for noticing bad behavior and not always the good that our children do. One way to wipe out whining is to give your preschooler positive attention whenever they’re not whining. How wonderful would it be to catch them in the act of asking correctly or speaking correctly without a whine in their voice?
Getting your preschooler to not whine may take some time. By the end of this “whining” lesson, you may want to pull out some adult wine, but keep with it and your preschooler will stop whining.