Whiny kids. They drive us all crazy, don’t they? It seems like they go through a stage where it’s happening all the time. How do we stop it? That’s a great question. It’s going to be different for everybody, but, here are some helpful hints to get your kids to stop. First, they’re doing it because it works. They get a response out of us. So, ask them to stop. Explain what good talk is and that you’ll respond to that. Then, just ignore them. It’s not easy. I’ve tried whining back to my kids. And you know what? They get as irritated as I did when they heard it. Just don’t do it in the mall—you’ll probably get some looks. But, ultimately, they will grow out of it. Just don’t lose your cool. A loving response will foster a loving reaction.

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 15:1, 18