The Positivity Corner

The Importance of Teaching Forgiveness to Your Kids with the Positivity Project

Ariel Luy


Dec 09, 22

Positivity Project: Forgiveness

It’s almost guaranteed that life will be full of highs and lows. There will be joyous moments you will remember for the rest of your life, but there will also be heartbreaking moments that will lead to disappointment and sadness. Part of the beautiful quality of life is living through both the good and bad and enduring everything – even when life throws you adversity.

Forgiveness is the key to moving beyond troubling moments. It is defined by the Positivity Project as, “the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you.” Forgiveness is a healthy character trait that allows someone to accept other people’s mistakes and forgive the hurt that happened. As adults, we have had plenty of opportunities to forgive. However, forgiveness could be an important yet difficult characteristic for children to grasp.

Why Does Forgiveness Matter for Your Kids?

Forgiveness is important to teach children because it allows them to develop healthy relationships and decreases the potential of bitterness and angriness growing inside them. “When people work together, conflict is inevitable,” shares the Positivity Project. “However when people value each other’s contribution and believe in the group’s goal, they become more capable of moving past conflict and toward genuinely positive behavior. A group member’s willingness to forgive imperfections of both other members and the group as a whole contributes to overall success.” 

Forgiveness is Key to Future Success

As your children enter school and continue their journey from education to entering adult life, there will be moments of hurt and conflict. True strength can be found in forgiveness and it demonstrates selflessness to understand that while your child may feel wronged, it is important to look at the transgressor with mercy and compassion and offer them forgiveness from their heart. 

Forgiveness is not an allowance for hurt or mistreatment. Rather, it’s the idea of letting go of bitterness and anger and choosing to be kind and understanding instead. To forgive, you have to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and move on from the pain or unhappiness they may have caused you.

“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got,” says Robert Brault. Forgiveness is a key characteristic of someone who succeeds in life. True forgiveness is not dependent on whether or not you receive an apology, but it is dependent on whether or not you are compassionate enough to let go and release hurtful moments. This character trait is not easy to develop, but it has tremendous benefits in the journey of life. 

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Ariel Luy

Hey, I'm Ariel and I am the Content and Social Media Manager at Name Bubbles! I’ve gotten the opportunity to create Reels, manage our social media pages, and write blog posts since I’ve joined in 2022. I graduated from Liberty University in 2021 w...

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