Posted by: coachingparents | February 5, 2009

Do You Say You’re Sorry?


By:  Mark Brandenburg

There’s one thing that’s pretty consistent about parenting your kids: You’ll keep making mistakes with them. Whether it’s getting angry, forgetting something, or treating them badly, we all seem to make our share of mistakes. And sometimes, there’s only one thing you can do about it:

Say you’re sorry – mean it – and move on in your life.

If you tell your child you’re sorry and you’re really not, they’ll know it. If you beat yourself up after screwing something up, you’re liable to lose the learning along the way. Fathers who don’t apologize are monsters. Fathers who apologize over and over create monsters!

It’s not an easy thing to do, saying you’re sorry to your child. Part of you may ask, “Why should I say sorry to you after all I’ve done for you?” Say it anyway. After all, kids don’t need perfect fathers.

They just need fathers that are trying to get better.

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