Carrie, from the delightful Somewhat Bookish (and believe me, she has terrific book posts that are perfect for folks who are looking for new reading material), and I are wondering what to do about whiners. Our children, of course, are practically saints and in fact, have been recently summoned by the Vatican to consider sharing the popehood, given the recent vacancy. They would never, ever whine. Especially not RR. Oh no, when she opens her mouth, rosebuds and sugarplums come tumbling out.
Wait, wait. I have to pick myself up off the floor where I have either died laughing or been struck by lightening.
Since at our house we swing from the chandeliers in our unmentionables and pluck unwashed grapes from the vine with our teeth while hooting and hollering into all hours of the night, we have very few hard and fast rules. Actually, outside of a blanket “be respectful” policy, I can only think of one rule: NO WHINING. We consistently tell RR to “use words” and “speak in your regular voice.” I have certainly told her that I can’t hear her when she whines. And yes, I admit it, I snap NO WHINING! more often than I’d like to admit. It’s a flaw, you guys. It’s hard to be perfect while swinging from chandeliers. We’ve mostly mangaged to convince her to put a lid on it, which leaves us to focus on other, more important concerns, like why she thinks “go potty” means “get over there and put your feet in the potty while cackling maniacally”.
Since I am no help, Carries wants to know: ”How do you limit whining? Just not respond? Say “no whining”? Help us.