Christin over at Journey to a Gracious woman is tackling the subject of whining today, but I thought I'd add one little tip to nip whining/grumbling in the bud. This tip is courtesy of my friend Soleil (mommy of this praying little sweetie).
How To Handle Whining/Grumbling
When your kiddo starts to whine or complain about something, take away their "freedom" to speak.
Kiddo: "I don't waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant too...(fill in blank)"
Mommy: "Let's try, okay? It's important to do everything without arguing or complaining, that's what Jesus says."
Kiddo: "Ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh.....noooooooooo......I don't waaaaaaaaaaant toooo....)
Mommy: "Okay sweetie, you've lost your freedom to speak because you are sinning with your mouth. You may speak again when you are ready to try and be positive." (For a younger child, give a time limit)
Now, when you first introduce this method, it's important to give a learning curve. Explain to them what will happen from now on when we whine or complain. Once they understand the concept, you will need to discipline for disobedience if they speak after you tell them they've lost their freedom to speak. It's important to note, you are not giving them a consequence for the attitude, but for the disobedience. You deal with a sour attitude in a different manner than direct disobedience. More on that later.
What's your best tip to nip?
Training and Discipline Techniques for your Kiddos (A.K.A Civilizing Those Darn Sin Natures!) @ Like a Warm Cup of Coffee @ Journey To A Gracious Woman
Called to Discipline @ Journey To A Gracious Woman
Burdens or Blessings? No One Likes Being Around a Disobedient Child @ Like a Warm Cup of Coffee
Child Training and Discipline Require: Commitment and Consistency @ Journey To A Gracious Woman
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