Most parents teach their kids to say “sorry” from a young age. Half the time our kids don’t really feel remorse when they make amends, yet we push them to do it anyway. So how do you set a good example?
The best way to set a good example is to model it. Kids mirror your behavior. When you have done something wrong, regardless of your position, you should correct it and apologize. We don’t force apologies; we model them when needed. Apologizing is a way to show someone they matter to you, it builds trust, helps them feel heard and can deepen your connection.
A better example is something like, “Mommy lost her temper. I am so sorry. I should not have acted that way. Will you forgive me. I will do better next time.” A good apology is one that owns the offense, asks for forgiveness, and makes effort to change in the future.
Make sure your words are words of love and healing, not blame and shame. After that, appropriately deal with the disobedience.
Stop thinking you are on opposing teams. You are in this together as a family. Don’t ignore the power of apologizing.
Do you apologize to your children when in the wrong?
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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