Do you apologize to your children if you lose your temper with them? Do you think it nullifies the event or do they respect you for it? I feel compelled to do it if I have been too harsh with my son. I think it reinforces our bond and the lesson at the same time.
I have found that he still knows he needs to behave but he seems comforted that I don’t hold a grudge. It’s funny because now he is very aware of when he is feeling tired and will tell me he needs to rest. However, he also tells me when I’m tired and need a rest!
For more examples on ways to say your sorry to your children read,
The Fine Art of Apologizing to Your Children and Stressed-Out Parent Moments: How to Recover and Reconnect with your Kids.