How To Stop Your Toddler From Whining

by How To Mommy on 07.24.11

If your toddler is anything like mine, you see this face a lot.  Many times more in a week (day, hour, minute…take your pick) than you’d like.

To me, what’s even worse than the tantrums and screaming is the incessant and seemingly endless whining!

I’ve seen many moms try many techniques to combat this problem.  Ignoring, giving in {I do NOT recommend this}, whining back {yes, this is very funny to watch}, and the list goes on.

A friend passed along an article she found on Baby Center and I thought it had a few really good points worth sharing.

How To Stop Your Toddler From Whining

Baby Center states that “Whining is to a semiverbal 2-year-old what crying is to a nonverbal baby — it’s a way of expressing frustration and impatience. Often preschoolers don’t even realize they’re whining. That’s just how their emotions come out. Whining can quickly escalate into an irritating habit, so it’s best if you can nip it in the bud early.”

Try these four ways to kick their bad habit.

  1. Stick to your guns – If your child whines for something and you give in “just this once,” they are likely to whine louder and longer next time because they know you may give in again.
  2. Mimic their tone – Another tactic is to point out how unpleasant they sound by mimicking the tone back to them.  This is also a good way to turn a whine into a giggle.
  3. Plead helplessness – “I can’t understand you when you use that voice.”
  4. Empathize and redirect – “I know you don’t want to have a nap now. You’re full of energy. But your voice hurts my ears. Let’s do 10 jumping jacks and then read a book.”

Personally, my favorite is pleading helplessness, but I’m not sure it’s always the most effective.  What works with your toddler?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeanette July 24, 2011 at 11:16 PM

These are some great tips, thanks for sharing! I am your newest GFC follower from the Monday Monkey Hop!


2 Kim July 25, 2011 at 12:08 AM

One thing I don’t look forward to when my daughter can speak is the whining. I’m really hoping that she won’t be a whiner. Thanks for this article!


3 oomph. July 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

mimicking just makes my son more angry. usually redirection works for us.



4 melissa July 25, 2011 at 4:13 PM

thx for stopping by following back now i will have to try these methods


5 July 25, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Great tips, thanks for sharing! I’m sure I’ll need to use them, lol! Right now we are in the crying screaming separation anxiety phase!


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