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What does regret mean?

What does regret mean?

Most of us have lived through a bad choice or a mistake and have at least a few regrets, but as parents, our hearts desire for our children is to help them make better choices and use wisdom now and in the future to avoid the pain that many times accompanies regret. The following questions allow you to begin coaching your children about good and bad choices and the consequences of both. Helping your children avoid the worldly traps and temptations not only limits the regrets but also the shame and guilt that may follow them for years.

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Question 1

What does regret mean?

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Regret brings disappointment over something that happened, was supposed to happen, or something did not happen as we hoped it would. You can begin to feel sad or ashamed and wish the outcome was different. You may regret something that happened that was completely out of your control, but many times, regret comes from a choice or an action you made and brought it upon yourself.

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QUESTION 2

What is an example of something you have regretted?

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Listen to the words or the story your children begin to tell. Ask them if they still feel disappointed and if they do, tell them that we all make bad choices sometimes, but we can learn from these choices and make better decisions in the future. Ask them what they learned from the experience that they shared.

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QUESTION 3

How do you limit regrets?

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Helping your children ask questions or seek wise counsel when making decisions can limit regrets. When a regret happens from something out of their control, having people around them to talk through the situation can bring comfort and peace. Normally, when a regret is handled in a healthy way, you can even see that something good came out of it that was unexpected.

Reflect

As we all know, we will all make mistakes and bad choices, but if a life lesson is learned through the mistake, there should be no regret. Forgiving ourselves for the bad choice and moving forward is extremely important in order to not get locked up with the guilt and shame we pour over our own heads. This topic is a great opportunity to tell your kids your own stories about when you made a bad choice and how you overcame any guilt or shame.

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Bill Ford’s first passion is helping families. He is the author and developer of C2 Family, an equipping ministry that empowers parents to be intentional with their children, seek God’s vision, and change the culture for generations to come.
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