When teaching your kids how to apologize, let them know that saying "I'm sorry" is a very good start. Then, both show and tell them how to make a complete apology that includes both regret and an acknowledgment of the pain one caused. "I'm sorry for keeping you waiting. I know you must have been frustrated and worried." "I'm sorry for interrupting you. I made you lose your train of thought." "I'm sorry I raised my voice. I know it hurts you when I do that." "I'm sorry I forgot to clean up. I made extra work for you."