I Was Wrong.

There are times I have to ask one of my children to forgive me.  It’s one of the most important things I can do as their mother.  Like the other day when Anna cut open a bag of dish candy.  In the middle of the bag.  Where there is no hope for closing it without candy spilling out everywhere.  I was upset.  My response was unnecessarily harsh.  And, my usually tough little girl ran to her room in tears.

I was wrong.

I entered her bedroom and held her.  I asked her to forgive me and told her she was the best daughter in the whole wide world.

Then, I told her I was wrong to respond the way I did.

She needed to hear me acknowledge my behavior was wrong as much as she needed to hear me say I’m sorry.

Honestly, I don’t find it difficult admitting my weakness to my children.  I don’t want them to struggle doing the same.   I want them to find it easy to go their heavenly Father and lay down their weaknesses at His feet, so He can show Himself strong in their lives.

Motherhood is not foolproof.  Neither is life.  When we mess up, it’s essential to acknowledge it and make a mends with the person we hurt.  Even if it is your four year old little girl.

It’s not the first time I’ve had to say I was wrong.  And, it’s certain it won’t be my last. 

I’m a believer in telling our children we are wrong when we are, indeed, wrong.  As a matter of fact, I think it’s essential in raising children with a healthy understanding of humility and forgiveness.

Do you struggle saying “I was wrong” to your children?


Filed under Motherhood, parenting, Relationships, Virtue

8 responses to “I Was Wrong.

  1. I struggle with many things, but I, like you, believe wholeheartedly in admitting my wrongdoing to my children. I hope they follow my lead.

  2. I’ve had lots of practice at this… I’m wrong a lot.

  3. was the bag of candy jr mints? I would be afraid to tamper with your jr mints! Takes courage to except parenthood, you do well kiddo!Love ya

  4. Silly Mike…Junior Mints dont come in bags….Boxes 🙂

    It seems I have to apologize for the same thing over and over….kind of like the brothers have to do to each other….

    We are nothing if not consistent.

  5. With four kids, I’ve said this more than once. Okay WAY more than once. It always helps and enhances the relationship.

  6. Dennis


    Great post. Although difficult to do sometimes it is the right thing to do. You know, that pesky “battle with the flesh” stuff. I have alot of practice in making amends!

    Take care,


  7. Wendy

    You are so right Dustie! When I was a kid (and to me, I had the best parents in the world), I don’t remember them telling me they were wrong about something, but I certainly to tell Kelci when I know I am wrong. I told her even mommies aren’t perfect and we make mistakes. She always thanks me for saying I am sorry. She said, that is why I love you so much mommy, you always explain things to me and always say you are sorry when you think you are wrong. I love my girls!

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