One thing I always try to do, regardless of who it is or the situation, is apologise when I know for a fact that I’m wrong. As humans (or maybe it’s just me), we’re stubborn and don’t like to admit if we’re in the wrong and that’s especially true as a parent.
I think parents are incredible people, but I often think that parents don’t apologise to their children enough because “we’re the parents and we’re right, and the children should just listen.” So I’ve always tried to make a big effort to say sorry to Grayson, regardless of how big or small the thing I’ve done is.
By apologising to our kids, we’re teaching them that we’re human and we are going to make mistakes and that’s okay. We’re also showing them that if we’re big enough to apologise, then they should be able to apologise too. No one is above apologising.
If I get frustrated with Grayson or I make a mistake, I’ll pull him in for a big cuddle and tell him I’m sorry and give him a kiss and tell him I love him. Now at 20 months old, Grayson will come over and say “sorry mama” and give me a hug and a kiss because he’s being taught that’s what we need to do. I’m so proud of him for being able to do this, but I’m also proud of myself for trying to be the best parent I can be.
Do you apologise to your kids?