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Is Your Preschooler a Whiner? How to End this Behavior in Lawrenceville

Posted on 12-17-2014


Whining can easily test the patience of even the most loving parents. What causes a preschooler to whine? The experienced staff of Kids ‘R’ Kids of Lawrenceville, Georgia offers a few suggestions as to why your preschooler might be whining more than usual.

Why is your child whining?

Preschoolers still depend on their parents for almost everything. Whether seeking food, a nap, or a bit of attention, your child will often whine when he or she feels powerless in a situation or to get attention. As a child matures, the response to situations will change, and rather than throwing tantrums, a child will now use whining to verbalize his or her needs.

Stress is not just for adults

Stress is equally impactful to a child as it is to an adult. A child can have a lot of pent up anger and frustration from time spent at school, which is likened to a parent’s job stress. Examples of factors that can lead a child to whining at home are the inability to play with a favorite toy, or when a classmate was not nice.

Your child may whine because it has a pay-off

Do not cope with whining by rewarding it. If your child whines while at a store and wants a new toy, do not give in and purchase it. Be compassionate and show empathy, but explain why you have made your decision not to purchase the item using a calm, but firm voice. This helps your child understand that there is no “payoff” for continuing to whine, and establishes boundaries for good parenting.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lawrenceville, Georgia provides the best childcare and early education experience to all of our preschool students. Contact us today for more information

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