I am trying to be more authentic this year, and so I want to admit a big mistake I made. I got into a heated argument and raised my voice in front of Emma. I felt very passionate about the subject, but she was sitting in someone's lap and looked upset.
I immediately lowered my voice when I realized what I was doing.
That night I called a Master Spiritual Teacher because I felt terrible about my behavior. I already knew I would need to apologize to the adult I was quarreling with, but he helped me to realize I needed to apologize to Emma as well.
She might not understand my words because of her age, but it is important that she feel safe with me. I told her that I was sorry, and that I will not let that happen again.
I immediately felt better, and we shared a wonderful moment. I was able to release the guilt and make a vow not to make that mistake again.
The point I am trying to make is that you need to apologize to children. You not only set a great example, but you can also release any...