Chloe is trying to get my attention and I am trying to accomplish something. She is much like my teenagers at school!
When Chloe and my kids whine about things, they need a little attention for whatever reason. They need a little stroking. They need to know I care. If they don't get the attention, they will do something that gets my attention. Usually, not something good....
Repetition of routines until everyone gets it down--yep, even high schoolers need repetition of routines. They need the "this is how we do things in Mrs. Day's room" modeling. So does Chloe---then she knows what to expect.
Along with repetition, they need consistency. They need to know if they do something well, this happens. If they are "naughty", this happens. The rules don't change from one day to the next.
They get bored, though. If you don't mix it up a little. If you don't have a new "toy" to throw out there, a new way to get their attention, they get bored. And when they get bored, they get into trouble. Then we all get grumpy.
And we all need a little fun. Sometimes, we just have to put the books away and enjoy each other. We talk, we play, we laugh. This is the lesson I need to remember!