Whining: It’s a time-honored kid communication tactic, and one of the most annoying things parents have to deal with. Why do kids do it? Partially, it’s to play on your emotions. They know you react to their crying, so whining about something is a more moderate version of an extreme solution. To stop this, you’ll need cons that help you firmly point out that whining isn’t acceptable, and that there are better ways to ask for things.