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‘Making the Weather”

In training sessions and day to day we often, as adults refer to the Haim Ginott quote about ‘Making the weather.’  It acts as a reminder and guiding principle as to the significant influence we have on young people as adults and as educators:

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration,

I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanised or de-humanised.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”


Haim G. Ginott:

Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers

Paperback - October 25, 1993

The paperback version can be purchased at Amazon.co.uk here.