As a dad, I make a lot of mistakes. But my kids are gracious to forgive if I’m humble enough to admit my mistakes.

Canadian-born Hollywood actressMary Pickford said:

You may make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you start blaming someone else.

My Sad Brag – I’ve Made More Mistakes Than You

If you’re a parent, you have made more mistakes than you know. Don’t you feel better now?

I know this because I think I’ve made more mistakes than any parent.

As parents, when we have kids, usually the only instruction we have had was from our parents who were never taught anything themselves about raising kids.

How Much Did You Know Before You Had Kids?

There are the odd individuals (sometimes very odd), who have read a few books (or blogs) and maybe done a course or two only to realise that most of what was taught somehow doesn’t seem to apply to their kids/family.

That was me. There were so many books and CDs to read and listen to but it seemed none of them had much info that was relevant to my kids.

I’ve made some doozies at all ages of my kids’ lives. Sometimes we just need to get over it and stop kicking ourselves, but that’s a whole other issue.

Here’s the Truth and the Good News

The good news is, that when I settled down emotionally and went to my children to ask for forgiveness, I was amazed at how much they wanted to forgive. They are not only willing, but they want to forgive. They don’t want to hold grudges or have a broken relationship.

Is This True for You Too?

Not only that, but when I admit what I’ve done wrong, the exact opposite of what I was expecting happened. They weren’t angry or upset.

In fact, by humbling myself, this mistake and request for forgiveness created mutual respect, and in particular respect from them to me.

It also lets them know they can talk to me when they make mistakes because we all do.

Want to Check It Out for Yourself?

Some parents fear that their kids will lose respect for them if they ask for forgiveness. As you can see though, the exact opposite is true.

When is the last time you asked forgiveness from your children for something you have done?


Originally published at MumDaily. Photo by Sarah Kilian/Unsplash.

Published On: April 24th, 20230 CommentsTags: , , ,

About the Author: Annette Spurr

Annette Spurr runs her own business at Blue Box Media and is also the Managing Editor at Mum Daily. As a wife and mother, Annette has discovered the power of gratitude journalling.

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