Aug 102012

When we mess up with our children we need to apologize. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. But here are six more reasons:

1. Apologizing teaches our kids that authority doesn’t equal infallibility. Adults can and do mess up.

2. Taking responsibility for our actions models humility and respect. Our kids will learn the most from the example we set for them.

3. Admitting when we’re wrong sets up an atmosphere our kids will want to return to. Who wants to come back to a home where only the kids can be wrong?

4. Saying sorry acknowledges the fact that the truth matters. It teaches our kids that they don’t need to side with us when we’re wrong.

5. Asking for our children’s forgiveness shows them the necessity of vulnerability in relationships.

6. Acknowledging our own propensity to sin gives our kids a chance to practice grace.

Do you have reasons to add?

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  7 Responses to “Six Reasons to Apologize to Our Children”

  1. One thing I’ve noticed is that when I’m willing to apologize, it makes my son more willing to do so, as well. Especially on those off days when we’re both doing things wrong…

  2. All great reasons, and the one that sticks out to me is the first one. I’m always saying sorry because I want him to know that I’m not perfect and that I make mistakes too. And yes, down the line he’ll hopefully be more willing to apologize and show remorse all on his own when he sees his parents set the example.

  3. Yes! So hard to do sometimes, but such a great example of how we can connect with our kids in our human frailty.

  4. [...] moms mess up, say they’re sorry and work on it for next [...]

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