Apologies are very important. There’s a rhythm to how “I’m sorry” works in our home. It’s something we learned from the Pritchards. We used to just do, “I’m Sorry,” with a response of, “I forgive you.” It now looks like this:
Child One: I’m sorry for…
Child Two: I forgive you.
Child One: How can I make it right?
Child Two: You can…(If they can’t think of anything I encourage them to say, “Please don’t do it again.”)
Make sure you are willing to say I’m sorry too in the same method. I’ve had to do it a number of times.