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Your child can't really be "taught" patience, any more than you teach her to walk. It's a developmental thing. And you aren't "encouraging" anything negative by handing things over to a whining child. At her age she is just learning to communicate and by not giving it to her you'd actually be inhibiting that. She is simply incapable of controlling herself to the point you could even force her to by not responding to her anyway. Try not to let oit bother you. She's so young yet. Whining is tough: it requires that the child recognize it when she's doing it, adn then has the ability to rein in her emotions enough to compose herself and ask again. That's a huge developmental leap and it will likely be a couple years before she'll really get ths.
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