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5 Ways to highjack Children’s Complaining


When you plan a fun trip for the kids, such as a holiday road trip, you expect them to be grateful and throw themselves into the whole experience with gusto. However it’s not unusual for the atmosphere to quite quickly go from excitement as a family, to dealing with a whining child.
There are many causes for it, including simple human nature, but there are ways to teach our children to keep the negativity to a minimum. 

So here are a few ways to deal with, and squash, the complaining of our children.

1. Ignore

A lot of the time, and especially with toddlers and younger children, the complaining is mostly nonsense. One way to deal with it is to simply ignore them. “I am sorry, I don’t speak Whinese.” Or “Could you repeat that in your polite voice. The one I listen to?”

2. Change the Subject

If your child is complaining or even in meltdown mode, simply point him/her in another direction. Using humour makes it much easier and often turns around a negative behavior into a positive outcome. Children love to laugh even at their worst moments. For instance, you can pick up one of their favorite toys and let it speak for you in your best cartoon voice. “This boy has done gone crazy. Look at this mighty ruckus he is causing. Mercy heavens.”

3. Proper Diet

Junk food, too much sugar, and food dye have far-reaching effects. It isn’t that a bag of chips or an occasional soda is the end of the world but a child wound up on a sugar high is like a spinning top. When he begins to wind down, it can get ugly. Our children need solid meals and snacks. Make sure they are getting quality intake, because if not, as the saying goes, “Garbage in will be garbage out.”

4. Quality Sleep

This should be a no-brainer, but nonetheless it is very important. Children play hard, work hard, and crash hard. They need at least 8 hours of sleep, and most need more than that. A child without enough sleep is going to almost always be a cranky, complaining mess. Set age-appropriate bed times and stick to them.

5. Set the Example

We are the number one role models for our children. When it comes to whining and complaining, they are going to emulate what they see from us. We all need to share about the things that bother us. It is a healthy release. Just be careful when and where you practice that form of self-therapy. A calm, collected, and rational adult sets the tone.