Friday, December 11, 2009

Whining Driving You Crazy?

Try the never fail  Love and Logic answer... lead with empathy!    The trick here is not engage a child in a discussion about whatever it is they are whining about.  Just say with as much sincere empathy as possible, "I know."  You don't have to think at all.   (Love and Logic calls it "going brain dead.")

Child: "I don't want to go shopping."
 Parent: "I know."

Child: "I hate this sweater!"

Parent: "I know."

Child:  "I don't want to do my homework."
Parent:  "I know."

Child: "I hate 'I know.'"

Parent: "I know."

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