Parenting 101 – How to deal with whinging.

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And I have the mug to prove it!

Whinging is defined as: to complain or protest, especially in an annoying or persistent manner.

My personal definition is: a practice deployed by children to drive me fucking bonkers.

Whinging is universal. Even offspring of famous couples whinge. Royal kids whinge. Kids in Target Ads whinge. You can see it wherever you go. Particularly supermarkets.

I recall having a full trolley at Woolies. It was the end of a long day at school and the kids were fed up with the world and started in on me. Pick pick pick. Bicker bicker bicker. The behaviour was so solid and persistent that it was not long before I completely lost my shit, stormed out and found the car. I sat in the front seat and sobbed. It stopped the whinging in it’s tracks as they sat in the back of the car in shock and awe.

I swear they should have special car parks marked for crying mothers. It is a no brainer.

Now it is not practical to throw an adult tantrum every time your kids whinging gets to you. So I will share my tip with how to deal with whining that I have learnt over the years.

Walk out of the room.

“I hate weetbix!”

Walk out of the room.

“I hate going to tennis!”

Walk out of the room.

” I hate this sandwich!”

Walk out of the room.

By walking out of the room, you remove the urge to throw a coffee mug at your kid. It removes the desire to yell back. Your kids are whinging because they can. Only you can control how you react to it. At no reaction is the best thing to combat the whinging. After all, If a whinge is verbalised in a room and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Have you got a whinger?

How do you deal with it?

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