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3 year old wearing me down with his whining!

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mamacoffee Thu 16-May-13 09:00:56


ds has just turned three, he never used to be a whiny boy at all but for the last three-four weeks has been whining all the time. initially it was a possible ear infection but it seems to be ok now but the whining has stayed. its really wearing me down, especially as i have nearly 1yo too. how do you cope?


Wheresmycaffeinedrip Thu 16-May-13 09:06:05

I'm afraid it doesn't get better as they get older. My six yr old is whiney as hell.

I grit my teeth get on with it and on a bad day I treat myself to a glass of wine. Never excessively however. Just one or two small ones. smile

Tailtwister Thu 16-May-13 09:42:49

You're not alone! My two whine (3 and 5) and it's torture. I try not to respond at all to them when they do it. I say that I'm sorry, but I don't understand what they're saying when they speak like that. They generally get the message after a few minutes and when they do speak normally I make sure I listen to them attentively.

It hasn't stopped the whining completely, but it does shorten the duration a bit!

NumTumDeDum Thu 16-May-13 09:49:22

Yep I'd agree with that. Zero tolerance for 'baby talk/whining' here. I can't stand it. Dd speaks very well and clearly so to hear her whine sets my teeth on edge. I do the same, won't listen until she speaks properly.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 16-May-13 20:39:11

Another one who here who refuses to acknowledge ny DC until they speak in a normal voice.

mamacoffee Thu 16-May-13 22:25:23

i do ignore him when he gets whiny. but some days just hearing it it gets a bit too much.

before, when he got like this too much, it was a signal to me that we needed to get out of the house, and id make an extra effort for a couple of days to spend more time outdoors (even though we do get out of the house most days anyway). but in the last month, even that hasn't worked sad

but...we spent 4 hours gardening today taking advantage of the good weather, and its done him some good, no whining (til we got inside).

Tillyandjamie Sat 18-May-13 22:25:57

My 3 year old dd is going through this stage at the minute. She will whine and talk like a baby while fake crying. I just say I don't want to listen while u speak and act like that. She always stops and talks normally, and then I will listen. (only for her to do it again five mins later!) Im hoping it just a phase

valiumredhead Sun 19-May-13 18:03:51

"Tell me again using your proper voice please" grin

InsanelyBrainDeprived Sun 19-May-13 19:46:21

Oh yes! I've got this in duplicate - a just turned three year old and a 'grown up' 19 month old who so everything in tandem. If they are not fighting, wingey or screaming they are up to mischief angry

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