This article, entitled SORRY, I Forgot to Ask! comes from children's author Julia Cook.
Sometimes children get into trouble simply by forgetting to ask permission. Learning the benefits of asking first and being genuinely sorry for mistakes they make are necessary skills for children to learn and use.
Without telling anyone, RJ and his best friend Sam decide to walk home from school instead of riding the bus. Later, the two of them are caught trying to use Dad’s computer to get on the Internet. After their piano lesson, RJ and his sister Blanche snack on Mom’s triple-layer double chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting and spoil Grandma’s birthday party surprise.
Dad helps RJ learn how to do a better job of asking for permission, and when RJ and Sam return to school their principal has them practice making an apology. RJ feels a lot happier when he says he’s sorry to his teacher, the bus driver, and Grandma, and he learns that asking for permission will mean fewer trips to the time-out chair!
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask! is the third title in the award-winning BEST ME I Can Be! series from the Boys Town Press to teach K-6 children social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful.
Here are a few of the tips for parents and educators included in the book:
- Explain why asking for permission is important. Asking for permission makes it more likely they will stay out of trouble.
- Teach children how sincere apologies help maintain good friendships. Making apologies can help them become a better friend and help others forgive them when they make a mistake.
- Help children learn to admit their mistakes. This teaches them to avoid making excuses for their behavior and automatically looking to others to place blame.
- Explain that being sorry is an action, not just an expression. Children should learn to make amends by also admitting what they've done wrong and learn how to prevent making the same mistake in the future.
For more information or to purchase this book please visit Julia Cook Online