How to Make Amends With Your Father After an Argument

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How to Make Amends With Your Father After an Argument
Making up with your father will eliminate the tension between you. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Family arguments are a natural part of familial life and can occur between two parents, two siblings or siblings and parents. If you have an argument with your father, chances are things will be tense between the two of you until someone apologises or the fight just blows over. Staying angry with one another is not conducive to building a strong relationship. As such, learning how to make amends with your father after an argument shows a mature side of you and a willingness to move on from the drama.

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  1. 1

    Talk to your father, or write him a note if you are more comfortable with this. Acknowledge the argument, and let him know that you are sorry about how things built up and got out of hand. This is not to say that you have to apologise for whatever you were arguing about, but you are simply stating that you are sorry for the fact that an argument was had.

  2. 2

    Discuss your differences. Take accountability for your part in the argument by trying to see your father's side of things. Tell your dad that you learnt something from this experience and that you know for next time how to handle things in a more productive manner.

  3. 3

    Tell your father that you would like to move on from the argument. Explain why it is important to you to get over the fight by describing how much you value your relationship with him, specifically, and your family life, in general.

  4. 4

    Avoid blaming your father for the argument. Even if you truly believe that he overreacted or was at fault for the fight, making amends is about getting over the past and not reliving it. Putting blame on your father may only cause him to become angrier with you.

  5. 5

    Give your father time to come around. Even if you are the one to approach the topic of making amends, your dad might not be ready yet to discuss anything. He might need more time to cool off, so have patience.

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