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18 thoughts on “Do Not Ever Include a But in an Apology”

  1. Apologies are awesome if they’re sincere!! I am not afraid to admit I’m wrong. The kids know if you’re being sincere or not, and they know when you’ve goofed. Letting them see I’m human is no big deal to me, cuz I am (human). Well, unless I haven’t had my morning coffee… hahaha, kidding. 🙂

  2. I have told my children that so, so many times. It’s not a sincere apology if you’re still qualifying it with reasons and justifications.

  3. These are some awesome tips! I think a lot of people don’t know how to apologize or when they do they just simply don’t mean it. And, I hate it when someone uses “but” when they’re apologizing, it’s kinda rude.

  4. Great advice. The ‘but’ always shows some tinge of one not being truly sorry. I especially like the point to “accept that you were wrong for having done whatever it is you did and that you will try harder next time”.

  5. This is something I certainly hope to instill in my children, especially when it comes to apologizing to one another.

  6. Definitely agree. I can’t stand it when someone tries to apologize but ends up continuing the argument because they use it as another attempt to correct what I said or did with a “but”. Drives me nuts!

  7. A “but” in an apology is not an apology. I’m not perfect and make mistakes and am sure I have thrown a “but” in one, but I try not to and to be very sincere when I apologize.

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