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Childcare Tips: Why Your Preschooler Whines Repeatedly in Liberty Township

Posted on 01-15-2015


There are a number of contributing factors to your child’s whining habits. These include simply not having the skills necessary for articulating frustrations, a primitive prefrontal cortex, or the feeling that no one is listening. While whining can be frustrating, it is happening for a reason and is perfectly normal. Here are some reasons why your preschool child may be whining during the day:

Your toddler’s prefrontal cortex is still fairly underdeveloped

There are many parts of your child’s brain that simply do not develop properly until much later. The prefrontal cortex is one part that takes a few years after birth to properly develop. This part of the brain is largely responsible for things like decision making, moderating behavior in social situations, and personal expression. It comes as no surprise, then, that your child may have difficulty expressing feelings in a way that is appropriate.

Your child simply does not have the vocabulary to express complex emotions

How many times have you found it difficult to explain exactly how you feel? Now imagine your four-year-old trying to explain his or her feelings with a very limited vocabulary. You can better understand why your child may become frustrated. Help build your child’s capacity for expression by providing some simple words when your child becomes frustrated.

Your child does not receive adequate attention

It is important for you to make time for your child whenever he or she has a problem. The more you tell your child that you will help later on, or that you will be with him or her in a minute, the more frustrated your child will become. Try to listen, understand, and help your toddler work through problems as they arise.

The child care professionals at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Liberty Township, Ohio, offer your preschool child the very best foundational education. Contact us today for more information. 

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