Mercy in Justice

Lady JusticeJustice has been on my mind for a long time.

Our older daughter is a lawyer who wants to be a prosecutor. She is getting a daily dose of the balance and big picture prosecutors must cultivate when working in the justice system. In some of her job interviews, the question, “What do you think justice is?” was specifically asked, and she had to articulate what she has observed and internalized as working justice. For her, it boiled down to trying to find the fairest and most restorative path for people through the justice system. Even in misdemeanor situations, she thinks long and hard about the balance between what her options are under the law, and what will be the most constructive for the person sitting in front of her. Continue reading

Sorry – The Hardest Word for Kids

I'm Sorry We have seen good businesses make very bad decisions about taking responsibility for an error. The fallout can be devastating, and much of the damage is done because the business refuses to apologize or “make it right.”  

As your kids grow up, they are going to make mistakes. They are going to hurt others, whether knowingly or unknowingly, and they will bear the consequences of these events.

How do we raise children who know how to apologize, and more importantly, who know how to make reparations?

I won’t pretend it is easy, but you can do it.

There are three steps to a truly effective apology: Continue reading