“I made a mistake.” “I was wrong.” Two of the most important sentences you will ever learn. There are no perfect wives, no perfect husbands, no perfect children and certainly no perfect parents. Healthy families do not require perfection, but they do require the willingness to admit when you do wrong.
When Dr. Jennifer Thomas and I wrote the book: When Sorry Isn’t Enough (May 2013), we discovered that for some people, this is what it means to apologize. If you don’t admit that you were wrong, they feel that your apology is insincere. The next time you need to apologize, you might use those words: “I made a mistake.” “I was wrong.” It might make it easier for your spouse to accept your apology and forgive you.