3-yo explains forgiveness in 25 words to her mother and it’s the only explanation you need


If you ask adults to explain the concept of forgiveness, chances are they might not even understand what they’re really saying to you. However, this 3-year-old girl impressively explains to her mom what forgiveness is in just 25 words.

In her Facebook, a mom blogger Mary Katherine Backstrom enjoys sharing all-things-motherhood and her recent post really got us big time. She shared the conversation she had with her 3-year-old daughter and it’s the most touching lesson she ever got.

When you read this, you have to admit that the little girl was right indeed.

My daughter and I just had a knock-down, drag-out bedtime hour. Finally, about ten minutes ago, I put her to bed and…

Posted by Mary Katherine Backstrom on Friday, July 12, 2019

“My daughter and I just had a knock-down, drag-out bedtime hour. Finally, about ten minutes ago, I put her to bed and through clenched teeth said ‘I love you, Holland, but not another word tonight. You are going to sleep now. I’m done fussing over stuffed animals’,” wrote Backstrom.


“I paused on the way out the door, literally biting my tongue I was so frustrated.”

“What is it, Holland?”

“I do have one more thing to say,” said her daughter.

“Of course she did. She was standing on the bed with her hands on her hips, too. Her hair was wild and she was using her arm to wipe her tears and snot away from her face.”

“‘Mommy’ my 3-year-old said, staring me down with venom in her tiny voice.”

“I forgive you!”

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Posted by Mary Katherine Backstrom on Monday, June 24, 2019

“Then she laid down and cried and honest to goodness, for a hot minute, I didn’t know what to do. The way she said ‘I forgive you’ made it sound like cuss words. I walked over to the bedside and leaned over.”

“Baby girl, do you know what forgiveness means?”

“She was still sniffling, her face shoved deep into her Little Mermaid pillow.”

“Yes,” she muttered.

“I really had to hear this.”

“It means you were wrong, and I’m tired of being mad and now I’m going to sleep and my heart won’t have a tummy ache.”

Posted by Mary Katherine Backstrom on Friday, March 29, 2019

“So there you have it, folks. Tonight I was taught a lesson in forgiveness by a 3-year-old. It was a gut punch, too. And you’re dang right I climbed in that bed and loved on her. Because to be honest, my heart had a bit of a tummy ache.”

“I was reminded by my toddler to never go to bed in anger. Because when you do, your heart will have a tummy ache. And you know what? I’ve been alive for 35 years and I’ve got to give it to her—she’s not wrong,” wrote Backstrom ending her post.

She’s not wrong indeed and we all can certainly learn a thing or two from this brilliant little girl.


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