Whining is something every parent deals with, probably far more often than they would like. How do you get kids to stop whining? It can be done. Find out how this mom of 4 and Love and Logic instructor handles whining in her own home.
“Captain, the area is secure.” My 7 year old son salutes as he says this. It’s dark, the only light is coming from my oldest 3 children’s flashlights, and my own headlamp. Suddenly I hear the adorably urgent voice of my 5 year old. “Captain! I see some papers on the ground over here, the baby might choke!” I turn my headlamp’s beam in her direction. “Ok soldier,” I say, “pick them up on the double and get them to the garbage can before the baby gets them. I’ll come vacuum there immediately.” “Sir, yes sir!” comes her obedient reply.
It’s that time of year: Spring and Easter vacations, sunny weekends, and all of us itching to get out and go somewhere pleasant. However, pleasant road trips with families sounds a bit like a contradiction in terms sometimes. I mean, what’s fun about hearing your kids fight for hours on end all cooped up next to each other? Or how about the infamous, “are we there yet?” That’s one cliché I’ve all come to realize is an actual phrase kids use. What if we could enjoy our kids company, and enjoy them enjoying each other’s company along the way?