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The difficult task of teaching children to ask for forgiveness


Acknowledge that you are to blame or feel sorry and needs to be forgiven, it is one of the most difficult learning both for those who teach and for those who learn it. It is not just about teaching children to ask and say "sorry", but also, we have to teach them to feel. It is a difficult task but not impossible. Among other things, asking for forgiveness teaches children to recognize their mistakes, their "gaffes," and to put themselves in the other person's shoes.

Asking for forgiveness is an act of humility, of acknowledging a mistake and to prove to oneself that nobody, but nobody is perfect. That everyone, absolutely everyone, can make mistakes, and that therefore we must assume and be responsible for our actions. You can ask for forgiveness in different and varied ways, and not just through words. If your child has had a bad behavior or a bad attitude with you, with his father, siblings, or with his friends, encourage him to ask for forgiveness.

From the age of two, children can learn that if they hit another person she will possibly cry and feel sad. At this time, empathy should be fostered by showing them what a "hurt" person feels like. In addition to reprimanding them, we must encourage them to somehow "heal" this "wound", making their friend feel better.

From the age of 5, children already possess the ability to know that their bad behavior has resulted in a bad consequence. At this age, they already understand what is right and what is not, although that does not mean that it is easier for them to learn to apologize.

In this way, we must make them 'reconsider' what he did, reprimand them with patience and firmness, and talk to them about the importance of "fixing" what happened, acknowledging that they were wrong and apologizing, with a hug, offering a gift to the 'hurt' friend, showing repentance, changing their way of acting to next time you meet him, or just saying 'sorry', 'sorry', 'sorry', etc.

The child who learns to ask for forgiveness, in whatever way, will be a child prepared to have good personal relationships. Parents who know how to apologize to their child for whatever it is, are a good example for their children.

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