On many occasions, our home is a winery. Wait, check that. I mean, our home is a whinery. Our kids — ages 4 and 2 — are prolific at making whine. If only we could bottle it and sell it. But who in their right mind would buy it?

At times, their whining seems completely random and unceasing. Other times, it is more predictable — like when they're tired. And yet at other times, the whining seems to emanate from an inability to get along.

It feels like a struggle to get them to stop. However, there are a few things we can do to minimize the amount of whining and make sure the kids know that their behavior is not acceptable.

Here are a few tricks to end the whining, or at least decrease it:

1. Ignore It

This might be the most difficult option but it's also probably the most effective. When your child whines, simply do not respond to them. Walk away and continue doing what you were doing. It won't be long before they get the message and quit whining.

2. Tell Them to Stop

As parents, it's important that we point things out in the moment. If we wait, our young children may not get the proper message and might be confused. Explain to them why you don't want to hear them whine — it's not appropriate, it will not help them get what they want and they need to learn to ask for things or deal with problems in a different manner. When the whining starts simply tell them, "You're whining and I don't respond to whining."

3. Don't Give In

The worst thing that you can do is give in to your child when she is whining. If she's whining about not being allowed to watch an extra 30 minutes of television, your gut reaction might be to let her watch the show and end the whining. But that will only reinforce that she gets what she wants by whining. Stick to your decision, explain to your child why the whining isn't working and end the discussion.

4. Big Boy Voice

One trick that's worked for us is to tell our son to ask for what he wants in a strong, big boy voice. Most kids would respond well to this request, using the opportunity to firmly ask for what they want. Once your child uses their booming voice, congratulate them and remind them how you prefer if they use that voice to ask for things.

5. Check for Reasons

Why is your child whining? Are they hungry, tired or fighting with a sibling or friend? If you can discover what's going on with them, you might be able to solve the problem and end the whining.

6. Watch Your Behavior

Do you whine when you don't get your way? If so, you might be setting a bad example for your child. Take a step back, examine your own behavior and see if they might be learning how to whine from you. If you can amend your behavior, that might go a long way towards fixing theirs.

7. Redirect Them

Another tool in a parent's arsenal — and one that works quite often — is to redirect your child to an activity that makes them forget why they were whining. Simply get your child playing with a new toy or reading a book and he may forget what he was whining about.