Saying You’re Sorry

Remember that episode of Happy Days in which the Fonz had trouble saying he was sorry? Well, some parents have the opposite problem!

Parents who spend their time apologizing to their children may be doing more harm than good.

Clearly, apologizing for a real transgression is a mature and noble thing to do. When parents make a genuine mistake, they should model proper behavior and etiquette and apologize to their kids.

However, this can be taken too far. Excessive apologizing may make kids wonder who really is in charge of situations and can also make parents weaker because kids will start to think that whatever a parent does or says will later be reversed by the parent saying he or she is sorry.

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