I'm going through this now with my 2 year old grandson! It drives me crazy! We are trying to just not respond at all when he whines. My dd, who is his beloved PawPaw, has a hard time ignoring him when he whines. He wants to run and do anything to make him stop. That doesn' t work, that is reinforcing the behavior. I keep telling my dh this, and I think he is beginning to come around to my side. But we are still dealing with the whining, I have just now got dh to coroperate with me on this. Hopefully it'll stop soon. I think it'll take us longer with this one, because dh has already been reinforceing this behavior. But ignoring them when they whine is the best way to handle this. Hang in there and stay consistant....it'll work...it just takes time.
at 12:20 AM on Oct. 31, 2008