It's common to feel the need to apologize to our parents—sometimes it's for things we've done wrong & sometimes it's because we don't feel that we're living up to our parents expectations.
Whatever the reason, saying sorry to your mom and dad (or both parents) with an apology letter is a great way to start a conversation and express your regret.
A letter also allows us to gather our thoughts and think of all the things we want to say but may find difficult to express face to face.
How To Apologize To Your Parents
1. Acknowledge you were wrong and the hurt you caused. 2. Tell them how sorry you are and how much you want to fix things. 3. Be honest. Tell your parents you love them. 4. Take responsibility, ask for forgiveness. 5. Express regret & promise that it won't happen again.
Taking responsibility, saying sorry and acknowledging the hurt caused will always make your bond as a family stronger.
Hey Mom and Dad,
I'm sorry about everything. I haven't been the girl you guys as my parents were expecting and I'm sorry for that.
My behavior is inexplicable because well, I can't explain any of it. All I have done is just so stupid.
I haven't been focusing on what is more important and that most important part is you guys. Because the two of you are always working your butts off out there for me and my brother.
I never really appreciate how hard you guys work for our family to have a roof to live under, food, and a blanket. Many people don't have that and know I am now realizing the stupid and ungrateful daughter I have been.
I also now realize how you guys want everything to be perfect for me and I just don't value everything I have. I take everything as a joke but it's not.
I've been stupid and I don't know how to make it up to you.
I took advantage of you guys giving me 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chances.
I'M SORRY! I mean it Mom. I mean it Dad. I know if i keep my behavior like this I will never be successful in this life and I want to be successful. I want to be someone in this life. I want to go to college and I want to do all this to make you guys proud of me.
I'm sorry for everything guys :( and I promise to do better from now on.
Mia T. writes...
I don't know where to start but mom and dad I'm sorry for vaping with D----.
I'm sorry for lying to your faces again.
I'm sorry for being shady when it comes to telling the truth.
I'm sorry for yelling and this apology may not even sound like an apology but I'm deeply and sincere sorry for being a mean person this past week.
The stuff I said, the things I did, the way I treated you on Monday mom wasn't right and I feel so terrible.
I feel like maybe you don't love me anymore.
It's sad how I get my phone taken away all the time like isn't there any other punishment?
I know I'm a kid and I may be lost but leave me alone let me figure my own things out.
I always get in trouble always.
No matter what I do or say or even feel, I'm always in trouble, period. I get yelled at probably everyday.
I want to be a normal kid like I want my space and I want to be left alone to do what I have to do. But I know it's never going to happen, so it's okay.
I'm sorry for yelling again and breaking your house rules. And taking off with Ryan that night, I needed my own space and to talk to friend who understands me and actually cares.
I wish I could redo my whole life over to be the daughter you wanted. To make you guys happy and to have you guys not suffer everyday due to my life choices.
So.... I don't know what the heck I'm writing or how to feel. I want my phone, and I want everything to go back to normal.
I hate my life when I don't understand consequences. I want everything to go back to normal like it was 2 weeks ago.
An anonymous daughter writes...
Where do I begin?
I've lied to you for years. I've lied to you about money, my life and my health.
I'm sorry that I've stolen things from both you and your boyfriend. I mean I never had a reason to do it, ya know?
I mean you two have done nothing but stand up for me through it all and still I keep screwing you over.
I'm sorry that I can't be daughter you wanted. I'm sorry for being the most messed up of the family, the outcast so to speak.
If there's anything I could to make you respond to either calls, texts, emails, letters or anything I'd do it in a heartbeat. But there's just this thing stopping me from ringing the doorbell.
Because whenever I see you my heart stops and my mind goes blank and I can't seem to figure out where to start. So mom.... I'm sorry for doing it all.
Even though you cannot read this as you passed away 8 months ago, I feel like I didn't say enough or spend enough time with you when you were alive.
First thing I'd like to apologize about is how I treated you, and how much disrespect I showed you. You never deserved that, considering how sick you were.
I miss all of the advice you would've given me about life and my relationship with my fiance. You would've been the best grandfather ever, and your grandson or granddaughter would've loved to learn a bunch of things from you; like gardening and fishing, and so many other things..
Second.. I'm sorry I lied to you about doing drugs, and smoking cigarettes, considering both killed you.. Quite literally.
Third.. I love you and miss you, and I can't wait to meet you again, Maybe not soon.. But it'll happen.
Today is your birthday. And everyone's running around the house cooking you your favorite foods, coloring in some cards, writing you some fancy poem, or last minute gift wrapping. And I'm just sitting here.
I have an essay that I haven't even started yet due tomorrow, an article for journalism that I don't even know the point of, and a test. I hate myself for giving excuses. Every year it's always the same, everybody else has something to give you, and I'm always the one who has nothing to say, and nothing to give, and nothing to do.
I have no time, dad, and I'm so overwhelmed, and stressed. I don't even have time to make you a birthday gift. Nothing I can possibly write on here will make me feel any better. You will be home in 12 minutes and you'll sit at the table, we'll eat dinner and then they'll give you your gifts. That's my least favorite part, sitting there in front of you, and knowing I don't deserve a dad as great as you.
You do so much for me. And I can never repay you for everything you are and all that you do. Thank you Daddy, and I'm so sorry for not thanking you enough, and for having nothing for you today. I love you. I wish I could start this week over. I'm so sorry. I love you.
To my dear mother.....I know now how much I hurt you, how many times I was impatient with you when (I see now) you were doing the best you could. I was so hateful and hurtful to you and you always forgave me. I love and miss you so much and I'd give anything to be able to make it up to you. It's too late for that, of course, but I pray to God every night that He will tell you how much I care.....You've been gone for eight years now, but I still grieve.....Your daughter, Bev.
Mom... I am so sorry things turned out the way they did. I wish I had been more patient with you. I will always be thankful for when you were ill and I was able to take care of you for a change. I'm sorry I didn't spend more time with you, brushing your hair or rubbing your feet. I love you.
Dear Mom and Matt: I'm sorry for lying about taking Andrew’s phone AGAIN and using it without you knowing. I was afraid and didn't want you to know that I had it because I didn't want to get in trouble and I didn't want you to take it away.
I understand that I was wrong to do that. It's important to tell the truth and I wish that I had. I didn’t want to hurt you, and I will take full responsibility for what I did. I really regret doing it now because I know I will be grounded.
You guys mean a lot to me and I keep ruining our trust by lying and manipulating you.
Is there any way I can earn your trust back? Next time I will tell the truth, even if it gets me in trouble, because it feels worse when you're upset with me. I hope that I can earn your trust again by being more honest.
Letters of Apology to Parents
See other apology letters contributed by our readers and written to a mom, dad, stepmom or stepdad.