September 22nd, 2014 at 2:26 pm
By Kim Ross
All kids complain, pout, or get angry at some point or another. In the morning, at the store, sitting at the dinner table, anywhere!! It’s okay to complain every now and then, but constant complaining needs to be dealt with. .
“I want that, NOW!”
“I don’t like that!”
“Leave me alone!”
Sometimes, little ones are just trying to test the limits and may outgrow the “phase.” This negativity can permeate your entire family and other children can pick up the habit. Here are some ways you can help them adjust their attitudes.
- Explain that sometimes complaining is helpful, but most of the time it isn’t. Teach them constructive ways of showing their emotions and explaining how they feel.
- Enlist everyone in the family to help change a negative attitude in one child.
- Show them how they are acting and when they start complaining, do it back to them. Change your tone to the tone they use. My kids hate it when I start whining to them! Sometimes they don’t even realize what they’re doing.
- Challenge them to not complain for a whole day or even just a whole hour. Then try to do it for longer periods of time!
- Pick one problem to work on at a time.
With a little bit of persistence you can make an impact on your child and their negativity. Attitudes affect everyone in the family, so it’s important to nip issues in the bud.