What do you do when your 2 yr old wines allllllllll the time?

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Regina - posted on 01/25/2009

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I tried it all....send him to his room, ignore him until he could ask nicely, say please.... EVERYTHING!!!  finally one day I just broke and started whinig back at him....He didn't want to walk, he wanted to be carried "Momma hold me---?!?!?!"



 



I started whining back in my most annoying and agggrevating immitation of him "No babyu hold me!?!?!?!". Stopped him dead in his tracks, and he responded that I was heavy, grabbed my hand, and walked with me"



 



Every so often we have to revert back to the hining back at him, and most of the time he just smirks and stops whinig.



 



Have fun!

User - posted on 01/25/2009

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Oh, I know this one so well. It takes a lot of time, a lot of patience and overall consistency and persistence. Doesn't sound encouraging does it?



I have a trick that works quite well, but it certainly doesn't happen overnight or even in a couple of weeks. I simply tell her to go to her room and come out when she's happy! She's 3 now and I still use it. One thing you could do in association (just thought of it, wish I'd thought of it sooner!) is do some kind of sign-language symbol when you're telling her to go to her room until she's happy, so eventually you'll only have to do the symbol (like in public) and she'll put a smile on her face.



Harder in public, but there's always a bargaining reward you can give. Even if it's "grumpy girls get to go home to bed, happy girls get to stay shopping. And happy girls shopping get an ice cream!"



Positive rewards help better then constantly telling them off for the whinging. As much as you'll want to scream, give her (and you) time out each time she whinges. It will take time but eventually she'll learn that whinging gets her nowhere.

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