My guy goes through whiny stages too. Drives me up the wall. I tell him "I can't understand you." Then I will ignore him until he talks properly. I also say, "Please use your happy voice." If it's really bad and it's an all day sort of thing I sometimes try the "where did your happy face go? Oh no! It's lost!" Then we will have a hunt for it. Usually I find it in his belly button to much giggles.
My kid doesn't so much whine lately as DEMAND. He doesn't get much from me then, I can tell you! Often I make him 'try again' over and over until a pleasant voice is reached. This is boring and irritating for him so it usually doesn't last long!
I also do the "I can't understand you when whine like that"... and eventually he'll talk normally ;)
So, I think I found a trend. Right before Logan has a growth spurt, he stops eating for about a week... and he gets really whiney. Then.. he'll snap out of it and eat everything in the house.. I'm wondering if thats what is happening now. He has barely eaten anything for the past week or so and has been so crabby. this morning he woke up super happy (no whining!!) and ate 2 bowls of cereal. I guess we'll see what happens. I hope he doesn't grow too much though.. i just bought him new pants!! LOL
LOL- it must be the nature of the beast with 2 and 3 year olds!!!! When mine starts whining and is in a bad mood, I get down on all fours and I tell him "the tickle monster is coming to get him" and I start chasing him with my hands out and my fingers moving and instantly it turns into a gale of laughter and lots of smiles. I read somewhere that in order to combat your toddlers' mood swings, the best thing to do is try to reverse the situation but playing a silly game and distracting them, in esesence, so they forget about why they were whining in the first place. Actually, it was my Mom who started it when she was over here one day and my son was driving ym bonkers. She totally turned his mood around by being silly. My Mom is wise after raising two kids herself....
I don't know- it seems to work for us, but the whining at this point is part of