How To Handle Whining and Pouting

If you’ve ever told your child “no” you’ve likely heard some whining or pouting in response. This is a perfectly normal response from kids, and it’s also frustrating to deal with. But just because it’s normal doesn’t mean you need to let them continue that behavior.

In this video, Dr. Phelan talks about:

  • Why kids whine and put
  • Calm, gentle, effective ways to get them to stop


These are two things that drive parents absolutely nuts – whining and pouting – why do kids whine and pout?

Kids whine and pout for the obvious reason that they are not getting what they want. Whining and pouting, in 1-2-3 Magic terms, are two of the Six Kinds of Testing and Manipulation


How can parents work with their kids so that every response to a “no” isn’t whining, pouting, or crying?

If whining or pouting continues, you can simply ignore it by walking out of the room. You can also use “counting” on this behavior if you feel it is getting out of hand. You can read more about counting obnoxious behavior here!


I hope this video helped! For more parenting advice, check out 1-2-3 Magic .

November 11, 2021
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