“Don’t force an apology, help your child make a repair.” – Sarah Rosensweet

When we try to make our child apologize, we have to ask ourselves why. Is it so our child will learn a lesson? Is it because we are embarrassed? Either of those reasons for forced apologies feel like a punishment and will cause our child to resist or to feel shame (or both.) When we move away from shaming or “teaching a lesson” and our child is able to act in the true spirit of apology: 

Apologies not only make the other person feel better, they help us feel like a good person again.

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