It seems easy enough, right? We tell our children to apologize and “mean it.” But we see them struggle to conjure up sincerity when they are still hot from the difficult moment. Moms are sometimes guilty of oversimplifying this lesson for our children. As it turns out, apologizing is more complex than meets the eye. It’s a broad task, ranging from the minor, unintended error, like bumping into someone’s grocery cart, to committing a life-altering criminal act. The ability to apologize with sincerity is rooted deep in ourselves, our character. First, we must address the holes and thin places within our own beings, then we will have the wisdom to shepherd our children into the foundational qualities from which sincere ownership and personal responsibility grow.
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