Deep Thoughts: When children whine

ImageI think that a good way for parents to encourage their children not to whine is to tell them that every time they do it, a goldfish dies. Goldfish are cheap so you could get a whole bunch in a tank. Every time your child whines, kill one and let it float there so they can see what happens to their pet fish when they whine.

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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18 Responses to Deep Thoughts: When children whine

  1. I feel guilty laughing at this, but DAMN, it’s a good idea!

  2. … beginning of new religion…

  3. Marie says:

    Reblogged this on Fish Tank Mom and commented:
    This made me laugh out loud today – simply had to reblog. It is true laughing is natures best medicine and we often take parenting too seriously – especially in the beginning. To all of you newbie parents in particular this is the best kind of blog for you.

  4. Marie says:

    Love it – shared it/reblogged. Laughing is good!

  5. gavmomof2 says:

    You are too funny!

  6. motheronedge says:

    Love your parenting tips!

  7. 321 Equals Six says:

    This is funny. Seriously funny. And, I am seriously tempted.

  8. sillyliss says:

    This is an awesome tip, but what happens if they all die before the child even whines? It could happen!

    • What kind of children do you have?! Are you saying they can go the lifespan of a goldfish without ever whining? That’s incredible!

      • sillyliss says:

        Well, the fish only last for me about a minute apiece. The whining generally starts when the fish dies and then I have nothing to kill in order to end the whining. I guess in that case, I could end the whining by saying that the next person who whines has to sleep with the dead fishes.

      • I think the threat of sleeping with a dead fish would also be an effective parenting tool!

  9. Devious and evil! I LOVE it! In case you’re getting driven up the wall by children’s TV, I have reviews slamming Dora and Bob, etc. I found it very cathartic.

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