My 3 1/2 yr old son is constantly whining. He is perfectly fine in his day care but the minute he steps into the house he starts whining and never seems to be happy. I can handle screaming and crying but his whining rattles me completely. Can someone pls let me know what I can do to get him out of this phase.
Yes, it can get into your nerves but that is what the kid actually wants, so by showing your frustration you are actually giving into your child. So the trick is to stay calm and handle the situation. SInce you are saying this happens when he comes back from day care, it must be a sign that he wants your attention and you must try to be empathetic towards him without giving in too much, First make him understand he is whining, some even sugest recording his voice when whining and when he speaks normally and play it back to show which one you like. Tell him you are much more happier to listen to his requests and If possible, agree to his requests when he talks normally instead of using the whining voice. Finally, dont worry, he will outgrow it soon.
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We followed a few of these techniques and it really worked for us.
Thank you for the suggestions..I sometimes feel he is too tired and wonder if he is getting enough nutrients .
It is true that the trigger for whining can be hunger or lack of sleep. You can try giving him some juice or glucon D at that time and do something that is soothing - whatever relaxes him - just sitting in sofa holding him or lying down with him in bed, etc. With my daughters. glucon D somehow works like magic and my doctor said that dehydration could be resulting in this irritation and so, it is helping.
At that time, there is no point in trying to reaon with them as they wont be in a state to understand ; and later they would just not remember what happened! You need to find out what soothes him and importantly what causes the trigger and take care.
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