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The art of apology: Why parents should teach children to say sorry

Neighbors of a young girl were pleasantly surprised when they received this apology letter in the mail, especially after scolding her the day before for throwing stones at their back door.
Brittany Binowski, Deseret News Modified: July 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm •  Published: July 15, 2014
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Someone posted a picture on Imgur of an apology letter from his or her next door neighbor's daughter. The girl had been throwing stones at their back door just a few days before.

In the letter, the girl writes, "I am truly sorry for throwing stones and rocks at your door. I was acting very stupid, and after you told me off, I heard a baby crying, and I wasn't sure if it was your baby or not. I am really sorry, like really, really sorry, and I hope you can forgive me."

Attached to the letter are three bracelets: one for mom, one for dad and one for the baby.

Kudos to the parents for teaching their child to recognize her faults and do her best to correct them.

According to Noah Berlatsky of The Atlantic, teaching your children to apologize is a good thing.

"The reason to teach kids to apologize isn't to make the wrong-doer feel better. It's to make the person wronged feel better," writes Berlatsky. "Secondarily, it's to make the wrong-doer feel worse, or at least, to make the wrong-doer understand that he or she has done something wrong and unacceptable."

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