Thursday, October 1, 2009

Yeah, and I want world peace....

The whining....oh, the whining. There is nothing more I dislike than my kids whining. I've learned that saying, "Stop whining" or "I'll listen to you when you can talk in a big boy/girl voice" doesn't work...at least, not with my kids anyway.

So I've found a different way to deal with the non-stop whining. When they whine to me about something, I whine right back to them. The key though is to whine about something completely off topic. They'll stop dead in their tracks and just stare at me EVERY SINGLE TIME. It distracts them enough to the point where they forgot what they were whining about in the first place.

Here are just a few examples:

1) I want chicken nuggets, not fish sticks; And I want world peace....

2) I wish we could stay at the playground all day; And I wish snowmen were real...

3) I don't want to brush my teeth; And I don't want the Cheetah Girls to make another movie...EVER...

4) I want to ride my bike right now; And I want cherries to be in season all year round...

5) I want to eat cake for breakfast; And I want to be a tiger in my next life...

6) I wish we didn't have to return the library books; And I wish toenails didn't grow...

7) I wish we didn't have to take a bath tonight; And I wish everyone would adopt a stray cat...

8) I really want that dinosaur I saw at Target; And I really want to feed all the starving children in Africa with all the food you waste on a daily basis...

9) I wish we could go to Disneyland everyday; And I wish babies were born potty trained...

10) I want another piece of candy; And I want the alphabet to have 28 letters instead of just 26.



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65 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, I'm right there with you about the whining. My girlfriend and I were just discussing this yesterday and we agreed that we'd take the occasional tantrum over whining any day. Yes, I've tried whining back at them in the exact same tone they use... and they stop and look at me as if I've lost my mind. Heh. :)

Megan said...

lol, i hate whining....... will have to try that.....

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I hate whining too, this is hilarious! No wonder your kids just stare at you with those incredible comebacks.

You are so clever. I watched Supernanny last night and thought of you!

Kelly said...

Amen on the potty trained babies!! I am definitely gonna try this because reasoning with my kids about whining doesn't work, either.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

LOL. I do the same thing!! Mine goes like this...
I want something an iPhone...And I want a million dollars. We don't always get what we want.

Mighty M said...

Haha! I'll have to try some of those next time!

Mama-Bear said...

Love these! I wonder if it works on students too?

HeartNiki said...

Too funny! LOL

Kathy B! said...

Nice! I have a couple stray cats over here waiting for you... when will you be by to get them :)

newlyweds said...

Great idea. My boys have recently started the Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, constantly pointing out things they notice, until I notice what they are pointing out. At first it was cute, but not so much anymore. Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, hat, ball, truck, tractor, cookies....

Eva Gallant said...

I love it! When I was teaching and my students would whine, "but that's not fair!" I would respond, "Life is not fair; I'm just preparing you for life!"

Sheila said...

I just wanted to say that I love reading your blog - it always reminds me that there are others out there going through the same as me...and it makes me laugh!

Thanks,
Sheila x

Jayme said...

I tried telling mine I couldn't hear them when they whined... they just got louder and more obnoxious. I'll have to try your technique next time!

Sadia said...

I decided yesterday that I've had it with whining, so I asked the girls what an appropriate consequence was. They decided that whiners get no chocolate milk. This rule apparently applies to them, me, Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa, and various family friends.

Melly did not get chocolate milk last night. Jessie did. I did too.

The Mother said...

I LOVE that. I'll have to steal it. You don't mind, do you?

I have a teenager who would probably not appreciate the irony as much as I do.

Kristina P. said...

I am going to do this with all my clients.

S Club Mama said...

Moose is in the whining stage (which will probably end in his 20s, I'm thinking). I hate it.

Design it Chic said...

this so cracks me up!!!:))) but i bet it works!
Oh and since I'm here, i just wanted to let you know.. you may want to stop by for a super exciting news:) yaaay:)
Happy Thursday:)

* fellow SITSta as always

Carly said...

I love this post. I would be so funny when you are at Target and someone overhears you ! LOL

Heather said...

LOL...great idea! I send Noly to her room so she can whine to her stuffed animals and tell her she can come down when she's done : )

Brooke said...

you are the most creative.mother.ever.

heather@it'stwinsanity said...

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MamaHen Em said...

I may have to switch to your tactic. I feel like an almost eight year old should be able to NOT. WHINE. EVER. EV-ER.

The Redhead Riter said...

Alyssa didn't whine but a few times because I told her this: If you whine, my ears can't hear it. You have to talk in a normal voice and then my ears work.

The first time she whined I just completely ignored her. The second time I did the same. There wasn't a third time. :o)

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I am so going to do this!

Deb said...

I love it! I usually start crying when one of the kids starts to cry for an unusual length on time. I find that works well, too! Sometimes it's fake (for me and them) and sometimes I'm really, truly crying.

Mom of Three said...

You crack me up Helen with an e. :-)

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Just awesome and clever post!
I love your blog sooo much.
I'm already following it. You have so many followers. I'd appreciate and loved if you joined me ,as well:)
Have a fabulous day!

Morgan said...

I've gotten so tired of the whining that I've started whining back. The kids don't find it very amusing ; )

kyslp said...

Bwahahaha! I'll have to try that. When I whine back, they think it's hilarious and whine more.

shortmama said...

LOL I do the same thing! When my oldest whines or talks really loud I just do it back to her...it usually irritates her and then I can point out how irritating it is when she does it too! Now if only I could find something to curb the arguing...

Kacey R. said...

I am seriously printing this out and putting it on my frig for quick reference. Brilliant!

Jen said...

You are just too much. I love it!

yonca said...

Great post Helen! I'll have to try that:)

kristi said...

LOL..I whine really good. I listen to my kid and hubs daily, I have perfected that skill!

blueviolet said...

I just wish you had a photograph of their faces when you said one of these!!!

Nezzy said...

I just adore your whine back method and the fact that it works! You do have a full plate don't you hun?

Ya'll have a great day just filled with God's blessings!!!

Tonya said...

That is too funny! I will have to remember that when my time comes to deal with whining! :)

Nezzy said...

OK, yes I am blond so let me have this public DUH'A moment.

Sweetie, I am not seeing the followers block where I can follow your blog. I thought I had you on my list but your not there. How do I follow you or is it just not opening for me. Thanks....baffled in the Ozarks!

Karen said...

That does work really well with kids!

It does not, however, work so well with aging college students.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

HA! I can't stand whining either. And boy, do we have some days where it's whining from sun up to sun down. I'll have to try the whining back at them. That sounds . . . fun :)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Yet again, an example of your brilliance. I'm going to try this!
Mine always WHINE "I'm not whining!!" ACCCKK!!

Amy said...

Great list and fun. I wish that children came out potty trained also. I want to be a famous person dog one day...

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

I need to remember some of these :) Thanks so much..

Amy W said...

What I don't understand is the moms who do anything to placate their whining kids. Hello?

HarryJack's Mom said...

Brilliant, as ever! Our Harry has been into repeating what we say, so now we plant things and somehow it's working (for the moment). They sure do keep us on our toes! Happy weekend :-)

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

Oh I have to try this. I so hate whining. Ken and I were talking last night about we can't wait til Jason's voice changes. He sounds like a shrilly girl sometimes. But oh we love him.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

That is SO being used in my classroom tomorrow! Thanks! You made my friday!! hee hee.

Jenny said...

My daughter is also a whiner. The ignoring it doesn't work for us either.

LMAO at your comments. I'm going to try that next time she whines.

BoufMom9 said...

LOL! I whine back at my kids too!

Although, i have to say, i will definitely be "stealing" your " I don't want the Cheetah Girls to make another movie..EVER."
Amen on that one!

wife.mom.nurse said...

LMBO!

I am definitely going to have to try this!!!!

Halle@HouseCapated said...

HAHAHAH!!! OMG you are KILLIN' me! Ouch, my side hurts!!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

You are so awesome!. I loved it. And there's an award waiting for you!
xxx

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

Hi sweetie. Stop by my blog today. I left you an award! Congrats!

Twins Squared said...

Oh I'm with you!! Whining is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. Try 4 girls - they're REALLY good at whining!! Thanks for still coming to my blog. :)

Becca said...

You have the funniest blog I know. You are one of the few that can make me laugh out loud at my computer.

Aim said...

those are some of the best come backs I've ever seen. You are my hero.

Creative Junkie said...

The last one cracked me up! I probably would have opted for a smaller number though - less letters mean less words which lessens the chances of ... you guessed it ... whining.

Momlissa said...

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LazyCrazyMama said...

LOL!! I'm so going to try that one!! My 4-yr old is a nonstop whining machine!!
Oh, and don't even get me started about the foodwasting!! ugh! ;)

Jennifer said...

Very informative post. I will definitely be adding this to my mommy reference book. ;-) LOL!

Stephanie said...

Happy Friday!!!!!!

P.S Check my blog- I left you a award :)

KK said...

I love it and may try it with some whiney adults I know!

The Redhead Riter said...

SURPRISE! I've got something for you on my blog.

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Alicia said...

LOL, you're so witty!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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