Shots of Wit

A regular posting of witticisms, aphorisms, and general musings by Clifford Cohen.

Receiving an apology…

When someone apologizes to you, be sure you know whether they’re sorry, or just scared.

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It makes a difference. This aphorism is particularly relevant to parenting: if your child is saying they’re sorry, and you get a sense that their response is motivated by fear of what you will do, try being a little less scary and a little more understanding. It might just create the right conditions for a true apology.

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