These days for some kids is hard to apologize and even something negligible for people who have never seen it around them or done it themselves. It is the responsibility of parents as well as teachers to teach children the art of apologizing for their mistakes. As a parent, if you are teaching your kid how to apologize, please don’t be too harsh when calling out their mistakes; in the end, kids are discovering and learning a lot, and we need to guide them.
For teachers, kids mostly get in fights in schools. At that very time, it is crucial to confront the matter with the kid who is in fault so that they feel responsible for their actions.
Better ways on Teaching Kids How to Apologize
1. Teach About Honesty
Kids need to be aware of being honest in terms of any conflicts, as well as to be genuinely sorry if they have made a mistake. Apologizing without being honest can create a lot of hard feelings later in the child, which translates to bad mental health.
If a kid is apologizing by force, make sure to help them realize their mistake and be more open in appreciating their honesty about the matter instead of scolding them. This will help to encourage them to be honest about their mistakes the next time, and they will know that apologizing is not a tough job.
2. Ignore Excuses
If you don’t want your child to make excuses for any chaos he created or any mistake he made, you should first take care of not making excuses about any matters yourself. Your children are, most of the time, a reflection of you, and when it comes to teaching apology, children can make a lot of excuses and not apologize. Teach them that apology is more than about being right.
3. Take Responsibility of Your Part
Kids should be taught to stay clear about correcting their mistakes. So, when it comes to a wrong deed or a fight, they should know they have to make it right. Teach your child that the only way this can be corrected is by apologizing. Teach them to accept what they have done wrong and apologize for it.
4. Apologize for Good
For some kids, the apology part comes and goes, but the situation remains the same. For this, they need to be taught that apology requires the change of the situation and person itself.
If the child has fought with a friend, you can teach him or her to apologize and then ask about five favorite things they like to do and invite them to play. This will teach them to break the ice from their side after apologizing.
5. Be Patient Over Unexpected Response
Sometimes, even apologies, do not make things right. In this case, you should teach your child that the one who apologizes first is always the better person and that he or she needs to be patient. You can also teach them about talking to them and playing (in case of small children) repeatedly.