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How to Apologize to Your Child

Jan 01, 1970 / Relationships and Communication     

From athletes on steroids to physically abusive rap stars, red-handed corporate executives to red-faced politicians, we have heard apologies galore lately. But does simply saying, "I'm sorry" to your child mean you've taken responsibility for your mistakes? No. Sometimes it just means you're sorry you got caught. There's more to saying sorry to your child than that. A true apology comes with acknowledging what you've done wrong, asking for forgiveness, and taking action to ensure it won't happen again. It's less about lip service and more about a change of heart. Easy to say…hard to do. It's a complicated topic, but if you remember the 3 A's to make a true apology, it will help make saying, "I'm sorry" a little easier.

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