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Teaching how to say sorry - any tips?

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Annarose2014 Sun 26-Feb-17 17:13:34

We've started getting serious with apologising with our 2 year old.

So far he appears to be a hard nut. hmm

Today he flatly refused to say sorry for ages, and I was getting bloody worried by the time he eventually mumbled it as I was way out of my depth.

So for future - any tips for making it easier for them to say it? What do you do if they refuse to say it? How long do you press the point when they're only 2?

Shockers Sun 26-Feb-17 17:15:58

Occasionally get things wrong on purpose, then model apologising. I do this at school and am amazed by how surprised the children often are by a grown up offering an apology.

Astro55 Sun 26-Feb-17 17:17:55

I'd agree to model it -

Either that or say - when you are ready to say sorry we will do x

Walk away - leave them to think

IamChipmunk Sun 26-Feb-17 20:46:28

Agree with pp, I always say sorry to toddler ds if needed.
also we always praise him for saying sorry, discuss what happened (so a toddler can grasp it) and then make a point of having a big cuddle and moving on. No grudges held.

Voice0fReason Sun 26-Feb-17 23:17:44

Modelling, not forcing.
You will not teach a child anything by forcing them to apologise.
The line I used to use was - 'it would be kind for you to say sorry now', but if they refused, I would leave it at that. If another person was involved, I would apologise on my child's behalf.

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