"Never ruin an apology with an excuse."- Benjamin Franklin
What Is An Apology?
According to Websters Dictionary, an apology is a statement saying that you are sorry about something or an expression of regret for having done or said something wrong.
When Should You Apologize?
Discuss a few scenarios with your class where you should apologize for something you have done or something that happened. Feel free to share your discussion on butcher paper to post in the hall later. We'd love to hear how you use character to care for others' feelings.
How Do I Apologize?
This can be the most difficult step if you are not used to making apologies, but you can learn how to do so and move on.
1. Avoid using the word "but" when you apologize. When you make excuses for your actions it tells the other person that you believe that what you did was okay and not a mistake.
2. Be genuine! Look directly into the person's eyes and tell them what you are sorry for. If possible, tell what you will do differently next time. Example: If you ran past someone on the playground and bumped into their arm you should go back to them, look directly at them, and say that you are sorry for bumping into them. A apology isn't genuine when you shout it out from afar.
3. Move on! After you apologize try to move on. Don't continue to bring up the problem afterwards. The apology has been made and the issue has been resolved.
How Can I Accept An Apology?
1. Acknowledge that you have accepted an apology by forgiving the other person. You may choose to say, "I accept your apology" or simply "it's okay". But be sure to be polite, look at the person, and accept that they were kind to apologize.
1. I hope you gathered from this lesson that apologizing is very important. It demonstrates that you have great character when you courteously apologize.
2. When apologizing be genuine.
3. Accept apologies that have been given and move on.
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