"He had his song on last time and we want a movie. It's not fairrrrrrr!"
I'm sorry. What did you want? I don't speak whine!
My kids are having trouble asking for things without whining. And with their whiney wishes there's a negative comment that follows or an indignant request, like it's my fault they're starving and I should bring them something, which they will inevitably find fault with, on a silver platter.
Um, no! I set out lunch, however inadequate you found it, and now you want to cry about being hungry and demand I give you an IV tap of sugar (aka treat of your choice)?
You know what? No!
Stop acting like a spoiled brat and start using your words to ask for things graciously. I've had enough of Veruca Salt from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and the kid from "Wedding Crashers" who demands, "Make me a bicycle, clown!"
Did you need something? Because you've driven me to the point I no longer care.
You may at any point make a respectful request and I may or may not honor that request. You are not wanting in any area of your life, so if you don't like "no," tough. If you want to cry, I will chase you to your rooms where you can cry into your pillows, because nobody wants to hear it.
Hopefully you will learn now that complaining and crying when you don't get your way is unacceptable. That way when you're older, you can have friends and people won't feel the need to hide from you like I'm doing right now.
Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.