Winery on Sunday was fantastic. Weather was wonderful. Nice breeze. Relaxing and undemanding. No poopie incidences.
However, the "whine" factor lately for our eldest daughter has been...frequent. Extinction does not work. Talking it out does not work. We have resorted to a new tactic that seems to be starting to work but we are not out of the woods yet. This tactic? A kind of 7 year old logic.
"When a parent asks a child to do something, is the child supposed to do it?" (ask several times)
"Is the child supposed to X?" (X can equal argue, whine, complain, dawdle, etc.)
"Okay, am I the parent?"
(this is where she usually starts crying)
"Am I the parent?"
"Are you the child?"
"Do-over! I am looking for Y. Go back to the room and come back out." (Y equals something like, "Yes, Mom." or "I need help." or whatever her response could/should have been.)
Then I reask or say what I have to say and she has an opportunity to change her reaction. If she does a good job, life goes on. If she doesn't, the dreaded consequence (which would have been prenamed in this scenario).
Doesn't sound like much but getting her to admit the way it is supposed to be without personalizing it then zooming in on how we are each actually in that scenario...then giving her the words or the actions in a semi-role-playing way then allowing her to take control by implementing the right way is actually working. Her initial inability to cope is replaced with the desired response. Now, if she can just cross this over to be her initial reactions (as she has a few times already), it will be a success.