Whining is just one of those things that we have to nip in the bud if we plan on being around our children day-in and day-out. Otherwise, it grows into a whine-monster and we. go. nuts. And that, my friends, does not make for a happy homeschool.
Here are 3 Things to Consider Concerning Whining:
1. Helping your child to overcome whining is like giving her one thousand birthday presents. Philipians 2:14 says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure children of God.” What an amazing blessing! Learn this verse quickly as you sing along with Steve Green:
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2. I don’t know how else to say this but, if we don’t want our children to whine, we’ve got to stop whining, too. Do you complain over and over again about a sore muscle? Do you constantly talk about how exhausted and overwhelmed you are? Take a close look, and let God change you first if necessary.
3. Equip your child with a strategy not to whine. We can’t just break a bad habit, we’ve got to replace it with a good one. Here’s one that works in our home:
(The book I referenced is the terrific Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes in You and Your Kids by Turansky.)
Let’s learn from each other: How do you help a whiny child?