He is pretty awesome. He's creative and smart and sweet and funny.
But, man, can he whine.
I like having simple, repeatable reminders I can say to my kids over and over and over to address behavioral issues. My most recent one?
"When you whine, I don't want to say yes."
It's certainly nicer than, "STOP WHINING, YOU WHINY WHINER!" which might be my most natural response on a bad day. But it's not only nicer; it also lets him know in a simple way that whining doesn't get him where he wants to go.
I think he's getting it. Maybe in time he'll lose his position as a World Champion Whiner.
(I'd be okay with that.)