I have learned quickly that when you are in the car and you KNOW the thing your child wants is to NOT be in the car, the only the to do is avoid the issue. As in...ignore it. Typically, after a few minutes of whining, this works.
This weekend... it didn't work.
'Momma, momma, momma, momma...' came from the backseat of the car.
I said nothing.
'Momma, momma, momma, momma, momma...'
Still I held my ground.
And then he did it.
While he didn't get what he ultimately wanted (out of the car) he definitely did accomplish getting my attention.