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Tip of the Week
Self-Reflection: Saying "I'm Sorry."
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Saying “I’m sorry” (and meaning it) is one of the most difficult things to do well as a human being. As a child, you likely dreaded or resented having to force out these two words when you made a mistake. As an adult, it’s often not easier. When the apology is to a young person, some adults also worry that it will weaken their position of authority.
Nothing, however, shows more strength than owning one’s mistakes and trying to make amends. When we apologize to youth, we show that they are a person who deserves our respect, no matter their position in life. We also set a powerful example of how to handle mistakes in their own life.
Here are a couple tips to boost your apology skills. First, it’s okay to apologize and ask for a do-over. "I’m sorry I snapped at you. Let’s start this conversation again and this time I promise to listen." Another great tip is to apologize and make a plan for next time. "I’m sorry I was late. Next time I’m going to set a reminder because I can see it upset you."
For a full list of ten tips on how to apologize to youth, please refer to this Psychology Today article. Though it’s written from the perspective of parents, the same great information applies to mentors, too.
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