Thomas Reimers, Ph.D.
Imagine a finely manicured hand with clear polish on the nails. Now, imagine those nails running slowly down a chalkboard. Hear it? That’s the same sound most parents hear when their child starts to whine.
Whining often accompanies or precedes tantrum behavior, but not always. Children whine for all kinds of reasons, usually because they are upset about something or it has resulted in them getting something they want in the past. They also are more likely to whine if they are sick or fatigued.
Regardless, it is annoying and unnecessary, which your toddler has yet to learn. The good news is that you can manage it fairly easily and effectively. Here are a few tips: