Top Ten Reasons to Admit You Were Wrong
There was a young boy who was disciplined for something he adamantly proclaimed he didn’t do. Later, the boy’s innocence was proven. It had, in fact, been his brother who had committed the offense. When questioned about the mistake, the parent said, “Well, that’s okay. That one is for all the times you misbehaved and weren’t caught.”
While the story is meant to be humorous, it has a thought-provoking message. How should we as parents respond when we have undoubtedly messed up with or in front of our children?
Many parents are afraid to admit their mistakes to their children. They worry that their confession of wrong-doing will be like Kryptonite to Superman and cause them to lose some of their parental “power.” Somehow they believe that by divulging their lack of perfection, they will arm their children for disobedience.
However, in truth, there are many benefits to making a clean breast of it, especially when it involves our children. So, in true David Letterman style, here are the top ten reasons to say “I’m sorry. I was wrong.” to our children.
Failing to confess our weaknesses and errors only serves to distance us from our children.
Admitting our mistakes helps our children learn that it’s okay to admit their own.
Our children can learn from our mistakes and hopefully avoid a few of the same.
Saying, “I was wrong” promotes better communication with our children.
“Coming clean” keeps us humble.
When we “’fess up” we teach our children the importance of honesty.
Owning up to our missteps opens the door for us to explore with our children Biblical lifestyle and behavior choices.
Making a “clean breast of it” gives our children the opportunity to learn how to forgive.
Acknowledging our errors helps children understand that only one person is perfect—God.
And (drum roll, please) the Number One reason we should not be afraid to say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong”…
Admitting our failures gives us a wonderful way to help children learn about God’s forgiveness and grace.
No one is suggesting that parents share every failure or mistake with their children, but inevitably we will make mistakes either with or in front of our children. When we do, we should remember that we don’t have to be superheroes to be super parents. Say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong.”
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