I believe that one of the best things you can teach a child is how to end the day with a clean heart. To do so gives them the best chance at a good night’s sleep and the opportunity to greet each new day unburdened by past grievances.
It is incumbent upon parents or caregivers to generate an atmosphere in which the child feels unconditionally loved, yet bound by truth. Within that atmosphere, the child will eventually feel safe to purify the day by acknowledging the day’s transgressions openly, humbly and without posturing. Forgiveness can be freely offered by parents when such an attitude is taken. From there is it easier for the child to forgive others who have trespassed, deliberately or unintentionally, against him.
Forgiveness, when received and issued, sanctifies that which has been violated in the course of the day. The entire pattern may not work out immediately, but forgiveness sets the stage for the healing and unification of that which has become disjointed and disquieting.