Yesterday my husband came home from work around 5:20. Before I even offered him a greeting I shouted 'I need a cocktail now! I can't handle the whining!' Welcome home!
I'm not sure how often other people's kids whine, but some days it feels like ours whine all day long! I cannot express how freaking anxious I am for them to start talking more. I can only hope that developing their speech will help eliminate the whining.
A quick example from yesterday: Ella woke up from her nap and wanted a snack. She walked out to the kitchen and started whining. I asked her what do you want? She replied with more whining. I asked her to tell me what she wanted. She whined. I asked her if she wanted water to which she replied 'yeah. yeah.' Then I asked her why she couldn't just say the word water and eliminate the whining. She just stared at me in response.
Getting meals prepared and cooked can be quite challenging. The only thing I have found that give me at least 5 minute increments to complete something is letting them watch tv. So while I am getting dinner ready, they watch tv. If I don't have dinner served by 5:30 the whining hits a whole new level! They are STARVING and must eat by 5:30 to keep the peace so I'm under a lot of pressure in that kitchen. Even with the tv on, someone is sure to touch the other, sit in the others chair, steal the others water or doll or plane and whining ensues. I have to walk out to the living room to smooth over whatever problem is happening before the whining will stop. Cooking is stressful! I miss the carefree days of leisurely cooking a delicious meal.
Some days it feels like I say 'stop whining' 498234234 times. I probably do. Does it help? Nope. I encourage them to use words and talk all damn day, but it doesn't help. Whining is the preferred way to communicate right now. Have I mentioned how anxious I am for them to talk?
So there ya have it. My kids whine. A lot. Really, a lot. It drives me batty. I don't know how to fix it. I can cope with a brandy old fashioned at the end of the day on those particularly whine-filled days. That's the only solution I have found to help ease my irritation from all the whining.