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When my daughter was about 4, I started driving home the position that actions have consequences. If she accidentally hurts me during roughhousing, a "sorry" is typically enough to defer the consequences. However, if she continues to do so intentionally (or even borderline maliciously), I start to refuse to play that particular game with her, ...


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I think demanding an apology is generally a terrible idea. An apology should convey that you understand that you have, and are sorry for having, wronged someone. You cannot force someone to feel that way, and without true meaning, the words "I'm sorry" have no inherent value. I wouldn't want to teach that an apology is something you can give ...


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