"Brian, can you hear that sound?"
"Yeah, I can kind of hear something but I can't understand it."
"It's kind of hurting my ears."
"Me too. I wonder what it is."
Scampering up to me, "Maggie whining!"
"Oh, you were whining?! Mama and Papa can't understand whining."
"Maggie talking now."
"Oh, good! Mama and Papa can understand talking."
This strategy, which we took from the Love and Logic book we mentioned earlier, has started to work wonderfully with Maggie. I can't wait to try it with my whiny algebra students.