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Whiny child? Take these three steps:

October 16, 2016

Whiny child? Consider hunger, fatigue, boredom.

Not hungry or tired, then rather than punishment or sending the child away, consider: Engage, Include, Enjoy!

  1. ENGAGE: “You seem out of sorts.”
  2. INCLUDE: “Come join me doing x. I would so love your help.”
  3. ENJOY “It is lovely doing x with you. Look how well we do x together”.

Even in the midst of a meltdown you may turn things around. Love, presence, peace of mind. Create a sense of contentedness and emotional security. You both can feel great.


Please share this post if you think it may help another parent.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out my services and then call me if you need help with a child behavior or relationship issue. I am available in person and by Skype.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW


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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships

  1. Great tips – short and sweet, and very practical!

  2. Wow .so much wisdom in so few words. Would love to know more of what you do.

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