One of my Facebook friends posted a link to this article called A Better Way to Say Sorry. With a two year old and a five year old at home apologizing is something that I find we are doing FREQUENTLY, so I decided to read the article. It was simple, but brilliant! Her intro – where she goes through what it’s like to try to get kids to apologize, and how you almost never feel like you’ve gotten them to do so adequately – is the story of my life. Seriously, I couldn’t have written it better myself. The author goes on to talk about a seminar she went to where she learned the proper breakdown for an apology and how she applied the principles in her classroom.
I decided almost immediately that it was something I wanted to implement in our home. So of course, I had to make it into an FHE lesson. I haven’t yet used this in our home because today was a long day and I felt we would be better served by having FHE on Tuesday instead of Monday this week, but I thought I would share what I came up with. I would recommend reading the article that I linked to above so that you can get a good feel for her methodology before teaching this lesson. However I think you can probably teach it just fine just from the outline I’ve provided. Hopefully this works as well as described! I’m excited to facilitate more effective repentance in our home, and hope it works well for you too 🙂
I’ve provided in this lesson an outline as well as a printable that you could put on your fridge to remind everyone during the week. My printable is nothing fancy, but I think it will get the job done.
Oh and I have to give a shout out to my amazing husband Eric for the treat idea. I was trying to come up with a treat that would go along with repentance, but wasn’t too hopeful that I would come up with anything. On a whim I decided to ask him if he had any ideas and he almost immediately came up with Sour Patch Kids. If you don’t understand why that was a brilliant treat idea you should probably see this Youtube video: