“Say you are sorry” is a phrase parents can often be heard telling their child, thereby making apology a one-way street. But it needn’t be that way. Here’s why:
Builds mutual respect: You can’t command respect by not extending it yourself. Acknowledging mistakes you commit as a parent shows your child that you respect them too. They are more likely to say sorry to when they go wrong if they see you do it too.
Doesn’t undermine authority: Many parents think apologising to a kid would take away from their ‘boss’ position. In fact, it’s the other way around. It tells your child that saying sorry is not a sign of weakness, but of strength, because you have the courage to own up to your mistakes.
Nurtures your child: Saying sorry introduces your child to a space where they can err and learn to from the consequences without feel guilty about it—not just at home, but outside it as well.
Moulds them: Saying sorry also defines right and wrong for your child. For instance, if you shout at them and instantly say sorry, it tells them shouting is not an okay thing to do.
Makes you feel better: As parents, you do find yourself in quite a few not-so-proud spots and want to make repairs, Apologising means you accept your flaws, and are willing to amend those, which in turn makes you feel better.
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