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Five Parent Tips to Help Your Child and Teen Apologize

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Parent Tip 1: Children and Teens needs guidance and patience

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from you when it comes to teaching them how to apologize and make amends.


 Parent Tip 2: Help your child/teen to notice how he/she feels about the situation or mistake and think about how someone else is feeling and what he/she might be thinking.

 Parent Tip 3: Ask your child/teen questions to get an account of the story and help the child process the event. Examples: “Can you tell me what happened?” or “I’d like to know what is going on. Maybe I can help.”


Parent Tip 4: Help your child/teen understand that taking responsibility means saying that it was his/her fault and he/she did something he/she should not have done.


Parent Tip 5: Help your child/teen make a commitment to change the behavior and make a plan to repair the harm and make things right.


  1. Brill, Ariadne. Children Are Wired for Empathy and Insisting On Apologies Is Not Necessary. August 6, 2017.
  2. Pointer, Lindsey C. Restorative Justice Facilitates Effective Apologies. May 30, 2016.
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  • Are you relieved when certain students are absent?
  • Do you have students who “push your buttons”?
  • Do you find yourself butting heads with the same students day-after-day?

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