Before moving to Boulder, CO, I was a Waldorf kindergarten teacher in Alice Spring, Australia for two years. One of the things I had to help the children learn was to take responsibility when they hurt another child with their words or physically.
They had to apologize to them.
There were many repeats of sorrys, ice-packs, and hand-holding! Practice makes perfect!
You can practice doing this, model this, and encourage your family members and friends to practice the same thing.
It’s very powerful and allows one to take more responsibility and awareness of one’s mistakes.
This is not about shaming. We all make mistakes, mess up. This is about ownership of them and really showing the other/s what realization and growth you have gathered from this experience so you don’t repeat it!
It takes vulnerability to do this but as we all know, vulnerability is truly a powerhouse of amazingness, despite how scary it can be in the moment.
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