Title: Lessons for Living: Apologies

Word Count: about 1800 words

Abstract:

An informal review of national parenting and women’s magazines over the past ten years revealed that more than three times as many “how to” articles have been published on forgiveness as on apologies. Examples of non-apologies and failed apologies have been rampant in the media. If we struggle so much with apologies as adults, how can we teach our children this essential life skill? Covers fears, how to make proper apologies, tips for teaching and modeling apologies for children.

Excerpt:

“I’m sorry.” Two simple words. Seven letters. Easy to pronounce . . . and remarkably difficult to say. Yet, “Apologies are one of the most important life lessons we can give our children,” says Margret McBride, co-author with Ken Blanchard of The One Minute Apology.

If we struggle with apologies as adults, how can we teach our children this essential skill? McBride suggests, “Adults can start by learning how to make proper apologies themselves, then showing children how it’s done.” . . .

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