Teaching Kids About the Words ‘I’m Sorry’

The lessons Mccrea took away from her student’s illustration made me think as well. “One, when someone hurts you, you don’t have to react.” This is an excellent point about the fact that we are indeed responsible for our own behavior and reaction when someone hurts us. Our reactions will dictate whether or not we will inflict hurt in return for what has been done to said to us, or if we will seek to take the high road and turn the other cheek. We can’t control whether or not someone hurts us, but we can control whether our response deepens or lessens the hurt.

The second lesson, “Sorry doesn’t fix things,” is something all parents need to impart to their children. In truth, an apology is just a start to healing, a beginning of the healing process. When we hurt someone, even with just one word, it will take much more than just uttering two more words to fix it. It will take time and work.

Moms and Dads, if you’re reading this, I encourage you to show this viral post and this “crushed cup” example to your children. Our kids aren’t going to be kind and refrain from saying hurtful things to others unless we intentionally teach them not to. As I’ve said many times before, it’s 100% on US to do everything we can to make sure our children know that they are to treat others like they want to be treated. We’ve got to live by example, for sure, but we’ve also got to tell them what to do and pray that our words will take root. I think a powerful example like this from one of their peers will surely help that happen.

What do you think of Mccrea’s viral post? Do you agree, or not?

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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