Sound familiar? If so, you"re lượt thích lots of kids who sometimes argue with their friends and family members. Let"s face it — it"s not always easy to lớn get along with sisters và brothers, parents, and friends. Kids aren"t perfect & they sometimes do things that get them into trouble. Saying "I"m sorry" can help.

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Saying you"re sorry is called apologizing. When you apologize, you"re telling someone that you"re sorry for the hurt you caused, even if you didn"t vì it on purpose. People who are apologizing might also say that they will try to vì better. They might promise to fix or replace what was broken or take back a mean thing they said.

How Does It Make You Feel?

When you apologize to lớn someone — and really mean it — it"s because you have stopped to lớn think about how the person may have felt because of what you did or said. When you stop lớn think about the other person"s feelings, you begin khổng lồ feel sorry for your behavior. You might even feel embarrassed or ashamed if you did something that you knew was wrong.

Even if what happened was an accident or you did something you didn"t mean to lớn do, you would probably still feel sorry if you knew the other person"s feelings were hurt. After apologizing, you might feel a little better (the other person probably will, too).

When you apologize in a caring way, you can feel good because you are trying to make things right again.

What Does an Apology Sound Like?

There are many ways to apologize. Here are some examples:

"I"m sorry about the mean thing I said to lớn you."

"I"m sorry I lost your book."

"I was mad, but I shouldn"t have called you a name. I"m sorry."

"I"m sorry I hurt your feelings."

"I"m sorry I yelled at you."

"I"m really sorry I hit you when I was mad. That was wrong. I won"t vày it anymore."

When you apologize lớn someone, he or she might apologize back to lớn you: "That"s OK, I"m sorry, too. I shouldn"t have teased you." và then maybe you can both feel friendly again.


When Should You Apologize?

Kids might need lớn apologize if they hurt or teased someone or lost something that belonged to lớn someone else. They might need to lớn apologize if they broke something (even by accident — oops!), or if they did something they knew was wrong — like telling a lie or breaking a rule on purpose. Maybe they did something their parent told them not lớn do, or maybe they didn"t do something they were supposed to do.

Kids might need lớn apologize lớn each other or to lớn a grown-up. Grown-ups can apologize, too — lớn other grown-ups or even to kids. After all, even grown-ups make mistakes sometimes. By apologizing when they"re wrong, grown-ups can phối a good example & show kids how to vị the right thing & apologize when they need to.

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What If You Were Angry?

Everyone feels angry with someone else now and then. Being angry is OK — và nothing to apologize for — but knowing how to lớn tell someone what made you angry is important.

When little kids are angry, they might hit or kick or scream. They don"t have much self-control và they might not have learned yet that it"s wrong to hit someone because they"re upset.

But as kids get bigger và can use words, they know better than to hit or kick or scream when they"re angry. They learn lớn express their feelings with words. Of course, the words they say when they"re angry might be stronger or louder than usual — but the words don"t have to lớn be mean. You can tell someone you"re upset and why without putting that person down. You can be honest about how you feel without being unkind.

But sometimes anger takes over & kids might đại bại self-control. They might say mean things, thất bại their cool, và hit or push someone. Afterward, most kids realize that even if they were right to be angry, it is not OK to lớn behave that way. That"s when an apology is definitely needed.


Does Apologizing Fix Everything?

Saying I"m sorry when you need to lớn is the right thing to do. It does a lot of good. But by itself, it might not be enough lớn make everything all better again. Sometimes along with an apology, a person needs lớn fix the mistake or promise to vị better. Sometimes doing a nice thing for the person after you apologize helps show that you really are sorry & want to be friendly again.

Sometimes a heartfelt "I"m sorry" fixes everything right away. Other times, it might take a while for someone to lớn feel friendly after you apologize. You might need to give the other person some time. Even after you say you"re sorry, you might still feel bad about what you said or did — but you can feel good about apologizing & about making up your mind to vị better.

When someone apologizes khổng lồ you, you might not feel lượt thích being friendly again right away. Once in a while, if a person doesn"t change, you might not want khổng lồ be friends anymore. You might feel relieved và glad that the other person apologized & admitted being wrong. But if someone keeps behaving in mean ways or does something that keeps hurting, you might not feel the same way anymore. Just because someone apologizes lớn you doesn"t mean you have to lớn be friendly again. That part is up to lớn you.

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