Apologizing for Teens & (Young) Adults: How to Actually Do It Right

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Apologizing, we do it all the time but it doesn’t always have the effect we hope for, does it?

We make a lot of mistakes when it comes to apologizing (yep, us included) and that isn’t beneficial for our relationships.

In this episode, we go over the most common mistakes when it comes to apologizing, and most of all, this episode is about how to be a human being and apologize in a way that feels good to you and the other person and that’s going to create some growth, repair and learning from the whole situation.

You’re being the kind of person you want to be when you take
responsibility for a mistake that you made.


Haven’t we all been in a situation where our apology actually makes the situation worse? Or it doesn’t come across the way we hoped? Where does it go wrong?

As human beings, we’re wired for survival, and part of that is defending ourselves. No wonder many people get defensive while apologizing. But getting defensive is taking away from your apology. It’s both robbing the other person of feeling better and your opportunity for connection.

That leaves us with the question: How to apologize in a healthy way? We’re sharing all the deets in today’s episode. Have a listen!

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In this episode on how to apologize for teens and (young) adults, we cover:

  • The most common mistakes when it comes to apologizing;
  • Why we tend to get defensive in our apology;
  • What apologizing is all about;
  • How to apologize as young adults, teens and adults;
  • Our own experiences when it comes to apologizing.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode

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  • Liked this episode? We’ve got a bunch of episodes out for you to binge listen! How about this episode on teaching your kids how to apologize?

Disclaimer: Please remember we are real live therapists, however this is a podcast and is not considered a therapy session. Not only because there is no co-pay but also because we can’t speak to your individual experiences. We are here to help you keep raising healthy kids. And remember, if you are an imperfect parent, we are right there with you. If you or someone you love is in immediate danger, please call your local crisis hotline or go to your nearest emergency room.