At just shy of two years old, my son does not have a large enough vocabulary to express all the things he wants to express. He’s getting there and, as my fellow parents know, it’s super-cute and exciting to watch him learn and apply new words to his ever-growing vocabulary. So, I’m posing questions he’s not ready to answer, pointing out things in the room that he doesn’t recognize, and introducing new concepts on the regular. One of those concepts is apologizing and, as a mom who makes plenty of mistakes, I've given my son plenty of opportunities to understand the art of saying sorry. Truth is, there aretimes a parent should say sorry to their kid, and your kid can learn a lot when you parent-up and show remorse.
My own personal belief is that if and when I mess up, I need to apologize and, yes, that means asking for the forgiveness of a toddler who is already too distracted by cheese to even realize that I’m talking to him. It’s a concept I want him to know well so, when the inevitable time comes, he can apologize for the mistakes he'll make. I also want my son to know that he’s respected enough to be on the receiving end of an apology, too, even and especially when it comes from an authority figure. And, of course, there are other instances in which my son might become upset or angry, that I most certainly won't be apologizing for. Because he lacks understanding, he will get mad when I do something that is actually for his benefit. In those cases, he won't be hearing a, "sorry" from me. Honestly, it's all a balancing act (like every other aspect of parenting) and it's one that, while exhausting at times, is also really helpful and beneficial for all involved.
So, with that in mind, here are 11 times when you should definitely tell your kid that you're sorry, and a few times when you definitely shouldn't. Parents, we're not perfect, and with every imperfection comes an opportunity to teach our kids something so, honestly, making mistakes and saying sorry doesn't have to be the absolute worst.