You mean saying sorry doesn't always make it okay?

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Real Estate Agent with Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California) 01338415

Saying sorryWhen was it that we started assuming that when we do something wrong, we could just say sorry and everything would be okay...  Like everything that we did up until that point in time would be just forgotten about since we said the magical word, "sorry"...

My 3 1/2 year old son Ryan seems to have picked up this bad habit, that I am helping him break...  He will do something that he knows he shouldn't do, then say sorry...  Assuming that since he said sorry, he will be absolved of all his previous transgressions...  It is rather cute, but I am working on helping him understand that it is not really the right thing to do...

I remember growing up, we would always be told that when you hurt someone, it is like poking them with a tack (push pin)...  Then when you say sorry, it is as if you pulled the tack back out...  Seems pretty easy right?  Well, what you forgot is, that the hole that is left still hurts and may take time to heal.

So now it seems that everyone uses the word sorry like it was a junction in a sentence...  Like it is just another word in a long line of words that make up daily sentences...  So stop and look at the words you use when you are in conversations with your family, friends and clients...  Are you saying sorry to just say sorry?  Or are you saying sorry because you truly are...  Hmmmm....

So are there times where you think you can just say sorry, and everything is okay?

-Chris

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Shane Cook
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I have a 4 1/2 year old and your examples of your son Ryan are so true.  The kids pick up on it right away.  It is very important to be teaching at such a young age that sorry doesn't "heal the wound"

June 12, 2011 11:05 AM
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Chris,  You remember the old saying stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.  I'm telling you that is FALSE; words do hurt!

June 12, 2011 10:07 PM
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Most times when we say "I'm sorry" it's because we've done something wrong . How about we at least change the atmosphere by saying "I apologize"... maybe this can be looked at as a gesture of sincere remorse. Anything is better than.." I'm sorry"

June 13, 2011 03:06 PM
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English Dictionary has some words which when spoken, assumes no more responsibilities for the person - Sorry is one of them and it is not okay to assume that everything is alright once you utter those words. I am sorry to say....Sorry is not enough in most cases!

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Chris, it is so true, and I think kids tend to do that at that age.  I remember correcting my oldest daughter when she was young.  She didn't say it all the time as a habit, but they need to understand SORRY doesn't fix everything.

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