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OK parents: should kids learn to say, 'I'm sorry?'

17 years ago

Well, the parental input from that recent "spanking" thread was so interesting, I thought I'd throw a new child-rearing issue out:

A friend recently told me she'd heard a speaker on parenting say that while his children were growing up he never made them apologize to others. His rationale was that too often he felt his kids would mutter a perfunctory, "SORRY" only because they knew they had to, not because they actually meant it or felt any kind of remorse for their actions; he felt it was more important that children learn to identify their feelings around their actions rather than simply comply with a behavioral expectation.

Do you agree? Disagree? See both sides? I'd love to hear perspectives...

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