Why Children Wine and What Parents Can Do to Help Their Children to Communicate Better
Children wine when they need help from their parents. Parents need to
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[00:00:01.790]Fit and Healthy Kids -
[00:00:03.790]An Early Childhood Podcast (with music).
[00:00:06.452](LaDonna Werth) Hello from the University
[00:00:08.452]of Nebraska - Lincoln.
[00:00:09.892]This is LaDonna Werth and Lisa Poppe
[00:00:12.222]- Extension Educators in the field
[00:00:14.292]of Early Childhood.
[00:00:15.662]We are here to talk about
[00:00:17.226]the littles in your life.
[00:00:18.676]In our field we hear from parents
[00:00:20.766]all the time about how frustrated
[00:00:22.816]they are with their children whining.
[00:00:25.076]Lisa can you help us understand
[00:00:27.176]why children whine!
[00:00:28.566](Lisa Poppe) Well, there are few behaviors
[00:00:31.016]that are more frustrating to parents
[00:00:34.196]Yet for children,
[00:00:35.456]whining can be a quick and
[00:00:36.861]easy way to get a parent’s full attention.
[00:00:39.426]Children whine when they feel
[00:00:41.296]overwhelmed by an emotion
[00:00:42.971]or desire or they don't have
[00:00:45.281]the vocabulary to express their feelings.
[00:00:47.576]They also might whine when
[00:00:49.008]they do not have the skills to
[00:00:50.545]complete a task or because
[00:00:52.043]they feel tired, or maybe
[00:00:53.343]their hungry, or lonely.
[00:00:56.967]children whine to ask for help.
[00:00:58.992]You can help your child figure out
[00:01:00.825]WHY he is whining and help him
[00:01:02.417]to find a better way to communicate.
[00:01:04.809](LaDonna Werth) So let’s talk a little
[00:01:06.935]bit more about how we can help our
[00:01:09.343]children to stop that whining process.
[00:01:11.802](Lisa Poppe) Well, your child will continue
[00:01:13.791]to whine until you teach him a new skill.
[00:01:16.209]So, when you give into that whine
[00:01:18.238]for candy at the check-out counter,
[00:01:20.317]you are teaching him that his whining behavior
[00:01:23.037]is working and he should use it again.
[00:01:26.096]When you take away your son’s favorite toy
[00:01:28.296]because he won’t stop whining,
[00:01:30.596]you increase his feelings of insecurity and
[00:01:33.136]actually also increase the likelihood
[00:01:35.196]that he will whine more often.
[00:01:37.116]Instead, you can teach him to use his words
[00:01:39.907]to tell you about his feelings and,
[00:01:41.963]together, you can come up with a way
[00:01:44.277]to solve his problem.
[00:01:45.751](LaDonna Werth) Lisa can you give us a
[00:01:48.072]tip to help our children to stop whining.
[00:01:50.423](Lisa Poppe) - Sure, teach your child that
[00:01:52.886]his needs get met when he uses his words.
[00:01:55.489]If he is whining for milk, tell him,
[00:01:58.065]“You can say, daddy, milk please.
[00:02:00.232]”When he uses those words,
[00:02:02.103]follow up by saying,
[00:02:03.588]“Of course, I will get you your milk!
[00:02:05.564]Thank you for using your words!”
[00:02:07.555]And remember if your child
[00:02:09.056]often whines when she is tired,
[00:02:11.132]consider running errands before or after
[00:02:13.631]her nap time, when she is rested.
[00:02:15.690](LaDonna Werth) - So Lisa, what is the
[00:02:17.756]bottom line of why children do whine?
[00:02:20.113](Lisa Poppe) - Well whining is a common
[00:02:22.401]way for your child to tell you
[00:02:24.005]that she needs help.
[00:02:25.339]Until she learns a new way
[00:02:27.115]to get your attention,
[00:02:28.629]she will likely continue to whine.
[00:02:30.742]You can teach and show your child how to
[00:02:33.255]use her words to clearly express her needs.
[00:02:35.959]Children who are confident talking
[00:02:37.941]about their emotions and feel heard
[00:02:39.713]by their parents are less like to whine.
[00:02:42.597]This has been LaDonna and Lisa with the
[00:02:44.919]University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:02:47.007]Until next time,
[00:02:48.035]enjoy your family time together.
[00:02:50.241]Fit and Health Kids is a co-production of
[00:02:52.808]Nebraska Extension, Georgia Extension,
[00:02:55.747]Kansas State Extension, South Dakota
[00:02:58.020]State Extension and the Iowa Childcare
[00:03:00.273]Resource and Referral (with music).
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