As a kid, I remember my parents — especially my mom — often telling me to "stop whining." To which my response was usually something along the lines of, "I'm not whining!" Now, as a parent, whining has taken on a whole new meaning, and I'm finding myself saying the same thing my parents told me. "Stop whining!" All kids whine, but how do you know if it's part of a bigger problem? And how do you make it stop? Turns out, there are some signs your kid's whining is a bigger issue, but there are also some tips to find peace at last.
A lot of kids don't realize that they are whining when they do it. I remember when I was a kid, there were times when I was told to "stop whining" when I genuinely didn't even realize I was whining. I was just feeling sad and talking, and simply trying to communicate a want or a need. Being dismissed and not listened to only made me feel more upset and, worse, unheard. But whining is hands down the most irritating noise and can make smoke come out of your ears in 0.02 seconds. Parents — and kids — need to find some relief. There is a great video on Parents website that talks about how to stop the whining once and for all, but first, let's see if the irritating behavior is part of a bigger issue. I checked in with a child development expert as well as my own personal experience of whine triggers for tips on how to help your kids.