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The Wrong Way
You don't even care what really happened.
The Write Way
I guess it started when some girls came over. They kind of dared us to open his parent's liquor cabinet and we did. Yea, I know that this was wrong, and stupid. I tried a couple of things but I didn't like it so I just drank a beer. Some of the other guys got really blasted. I think that the girls had done some Ecstasy or some drug like that before they came over. Anyhow, one of them got really sick. We dragged her out on the lawn to get some air and she passed out.
That's when we got scared. I called an ambulance and then the cops came.
Listen, I know that what we did was really stupid. It just kind of got out of hand.
I know that I've let you down. I guess that you won't trust me now.
Samples letters written by Dr. Louise Klein, psychotherapist.
Use at least several of the following principles:
Don't get stuck in an impasse. Tell your parent that you understand his disappointment.Accept the invitation to explain what happened and start a dialogue.Accept responsibility if you did something wrong.Ask for forgiveness.