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How do you get your 4 year old to stop whining?

Help! It's awful and continuous and it's about everything.

Wed. Mar 5, 9:51am

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put him in the corner till he stops

Wednesday, March 05, 2008, 9:59 AM

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When you find out let me know, lol. My 4 yr old does the same thing, what sometimes works for me is if I just ignore her or tell her I can't understand what she's saying since I don't hear whine, if she wants to talk to me she needs to use her big girl voice. She will switch but we always have to remind her. I think at this age, as far as anyone I've talked to, its pretty much natural.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008, 10:31 AM

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If he or she wants something tell them that they have to "ask like a grownup" and give examples of what you mean. Then consistently turn and ignore the whining, but reward polite requests.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008, 10:32 AM

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10:31 & 10:32 have the right idea. I have 2 kids that are now 10 & 8. I ran a home daycare for 6 years. Consistency is the key. Make them ask you or talk to you in a big kid way. It takes a little time but it will happen. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008, 12:34 PM

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I have found mocking and beating to produce positive results... I am j/k

As everyone else has said consistency, consistency, consistency.
Tell them you can't understand them when they whine tell them to count to 5 and try again. If it is a reaction to a "no" then look at what you do when they say no to you. Do you respond the way you would want them to respond to a no? Or do you take their no's worth a grain of salt and make them do things anyways? I too was a day care provider and the best class I ever took was "Teaching kids 'no': The art of practicing what you preach" Basically the instructor told us if a kid says no we have to respect their no like we would want them to respect ours (kids do as they see)... not saying the kid can get away with not having to listen to you, but as they get older they need to feel like their words mean something. Sorry so wordy.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008, 1:20 PM

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