Saturday, April 2, 2011

HELP (seriously) can someone please tell my kids I don't like WHINING

you know what I hate? I hate it when someone says: "when my kids whine, I tell them I can't hear whining, and I only listen to nice voices."

apparently mine didn't get the memo, or they are too young, or I am doing this totally wrong, because AHHHHH.

okay, deep breath. they are both napping now so i am sipping coffee and pretending all is right in the world.

I think its their ages. I knew the year of a 2 year old and a 3 year old would be "challenging" to say the least. But the whining and screaming makes me yell at them and well, that's not good for any of us. Regretful words have happened in this house recently. Sad to have to write that, but its true.

I am totally at a loss for what to do. And the worst part? I feel so frantic with all the other areas of life, that it some days I have no energy for the most important parts. I am raising them into adults. I always need to remember that.

So if anyone has good tips or tricks, or books or ANYTHING I'd love to hear it.

Deep Breath. In and out. It will be okay...


Stephanie said...

We time Olivia out for whining. Not all the time, but on days that it's constant, like you're describing, it at least helps her become aware of it, I think. And for her, at 2.5 years, she TOTALLY understands to rephrase with a "please" in a non-whining voice if we tell her to stop whining. She still does it, of course. I think it would take the Toddler Whisperer to get any 2-3 year old to have no whining. Good luck!

Annie said...

I should have probably rephrased's the Older pokes Younger, so younger fights back, and fighting and whining ensues. All.Day.Long.

Time outs work really well for Miles too.