“I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the [home]. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a [parent] I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or deescalated, and a child humanized or dehumanized.”

Author: Haim Ginott