Wean the whining: 3 secrets to tackle the blood-boiling behavior

April 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM ET

From Amy McCready, Positive Parenting Solutions founder and TODAYMoms contributorWhy do kids whine?learnedwhining got him what he wantedParents can wean whining by implementing these three strategies:Fill your child’s normal, hard-wired need for positive attentionRemove the payoffHold your groundeventuallyAmy McCready is the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and mom to two boys, ages 12 and 14. Positive Parenting Solutions teaches parents of toddlers to teens how to correct misbehaviors permanently without nagging, reminding or yelling. For more information on “weaning the whining” and for free training resources, visit: www.PositiveParentingSolutions.comRelated stories:Discuss: Does whining send your blood pressure soaring?