The most obvious problem with an adult not admitting to their faults or mistakes teaches children to be dishonest with others. That it is okay to lie and to be deceitful. It also teaches a child that if you make a mistake, hide it and don’t admit it. this invariably results in not learning from their mistakes and looking at the mistake as a failure and reflection on their self esteem.
So, it is important to own up to your mistakes and errors and communicate with our children that:
- you made a mistake or error
- apologize if appropriate
- what you should have done
- how to correct the mistake
- finally, what you learned from the mistake and how you will avoid doing it again.
This teaches children honesty and integrity to oneself and others. It teaches a child how to identify their mistakes and how to learn from them. It teaches a child how to build strong relationships with others. It also, builds self esteem and self confidence because the child is less afraid to express themselves even when it involves a mistake or some possible negative issue.
I hope that helps. This is just my way and thinking and what I do with my children.
You have to remember that children are so impressionable and malleable and they learn so much from their parent(s) and other adults around them. They pick up whatever they are surrounded with positive and/or negative.