Why Your Toddler Hits and Bites

Why She Needs to Say Sorry

If you've ever seen a child mumble a halfhearted sorry, you might think that it's pointless to ask your toddler to apologize. After all, will she really mean it at this age? Maybe not -- but even if she doesn't today, she will someday, and it's a good idea to start practicing now. "Your child will come to understand what being sorry really means," says Dr. Edward Carr. "And it's helpful to encourage her to say it now." Do be empathetic: Tell your child that you know saying sorry may be hard for her because it means she's done something wrong. "Explain that it feels bad to know you hurt someone, but it's important to tell people we're sorry when we do."

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