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How to stop your child from whining

The image of a ‘family day out’ with two kids whining on the backseat can seem like the epitome of family life. But as dads, we have all been there.

It would be wonderful if there was a magic cure to stop kids whining, but unfortunately most of them do at some stage. The good news is that it is a habit that can easily be broken with consistency and gentle encouragement.

First, it is important to understand why children do it. Kids whine for a very simple reason and that is to get their parent’s attention.
But whining is not a conscious strategy on their part, it is learned behavior and believe it or not moms and dads often play a part. If a child asks for something politely and the parent doesn’t respond straight away, the child will make it more difficult for their parent to ignore them.

While a toddler may throw a tantrum, an older child, who has more self-control, is more likely to whine. But don’t despair, there are a number of easy steps you can take to break your child’s habit.