An easy way to deal with a whiny child is to set a time limit. For example, you can say ” we will talk about it for another 2 minutes, then we will do something else.”
“I’ve heard you complain about your day, now why don’t you tell me three things that were good about today.”
Another method is to set a time at home when they can complain.
For example after dinner, for the next 10 minutes, your family can sit together and talk about the frustrations they have.
We find the most effective way to do this is through journaling.
6. Don’t take things too seriously
A child may just complain to get your attention. You can respond by just carrying your child, giving them a hug followed by some tickles.
This works like magic, especially with younger children.
You can check the Growth Mindset Kit designed especially for children to help them realise how special they are.
7. Finally, practice gratitude.
Gratitude can help your child see the good in life. It can also help them complain less about their situation.
Practicing gratitude can help your child feel happier and healthier.
Don’t forget to always empathize with your child first then shift their mindset to a positive one.
We use the gratitude printables to help us fill in the things we are grateful about. We do this weekly as a family routine. It works as a reminder on how fortunate we are despite our situations.
Complaining and whining is just a normal part of life. But it can become a problem when they start doing this regularly and frequenly. Shift their mindset to a positive one and give them healthier options.
Listen to your child and give them a voice to express their opinion.
Before you go check out the Growth Mindset Printables, crafted especially for children to develop positive habits from a young age.