I hate crate training.?

Its only been two nights so far and I absolutely hate it. My boyfriend is adamnat about crate training her.
When I put her in it feels as if im punishing her,and when she whines it just breaks my heart.
What are some ways I can make it suck less?
Update: Shes a beagle,if that has anything to do with it, i know they are very vocal.She doesnt mind her crate during the day sometimes she goes in by herself for a nap.When she whines we ignore her and we let her fall asleep on our bed and then place her in the crate? Is that wrong of us? Or its it okay?
Update 2: She is 7 1/2 weeks. we only put her in at night.
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