Nothing grates at me more than the sound of whining. And it always seems worse in the summer when the kids are home for countless hours on end. I’ve tried the widely recommended approach:
“Mommy can’t understand you when you whine, can use your regular voice?” Reply, “I caaaan’t use my regular voice.”
I just wrote off whining as a necessary evil to parenting . . . UNTIL, I began focusing on the root of the problem. Whining usually occurred when my son wanted something, and I couldn’t get it for him right that instant. That’s when I began brainstorming little ways he could help himself, and to my delight, his new empowerment has decreased the whining significantly.