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#31 of 32 Old 08-31-2006, 06:30 PM
 
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I wanted to add that also I have made efforts to make things more accessible to my children as well. When they were younger I put several already filled cups in the fridge for them to get out when they were thirsty and portioned out snacks in small containers for them to get themselves as well. There is a step stool for the bathroom and kitchen so they can reach the sinks and dishes. Simple things that they could do for themselves, rather than feel like they had to ask for help for everything. While this may not help a child who is overtired and whiny, I think it does help with whining in general.

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I have 3 girls and they're all pretty good with manners, but it's an ongoing learning experience Under normal circumstances (if they're not tired, hungry or sick) I typically push for good manners. I don't make a war of it but I remind them by asking them not to "sing it" or to "speak like a robot" (my 5 yr old dd responds well to that one), I'll even fake a proper English accent and repeat their request. Sometimes I respond with a "Miss B, did you say you would enjoy a cold glass of chocolate milk right about now?" (to really flower that one up, stand up and hold your hands behind your back and bend forward a bit) and that usually catches her attention for a better request. And then there's the lift of my eyebrows, which they get immediately. I make it fun and light.

When I'm tired (hungry, sick or it's after 7pm) I'll make a statement right back to a request like this: "I want chocolate milk!" "That's nice, I want to take a nap and then go for a walk." Although this doesn't work well on the younger one

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