Think about it. As an adult, if you were forced to apologize to someone before you were ready, would it really make things better? Probably not. Then why do we force our kids to apologize? Obviously, it’s important to right a wrong, but forcing an immediate apology can send the wrong message. It’s better to give them some time to process their feelings and empower them to find their own way to repair a situation – with a little help and encouragement, of course.