Why do children whine?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting expert Dr. Rene Hackney talks about why children whine.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: Why do children whine?

    Rene Hackney: Often time young children are whining because they don t feel heard, they have asked you twice and you are not giving a response. So, they want to get your attention. What is tricky is that pretty quickly it's effective, that whiny tone gets mom to turn around, or gets mom to listen at least initially because it's annoying and then it's reinforced in the child and it becomes a vicious cycle, where pretty soon children who whine tend to whine a lot. They are whining just as a way to ask for things as opposed to getting waiting to get that attention.