You, as the parent, create the climate and mood of the family. You can make your child’s life miserable or joyous. It is your response that determines the level of a crisis and your child’s feelings in a situation. Be the adult. Extend grace. Crushing the spirit of your child isn’t worth the shut down in the moment. Regardless of your children’s actions, blowing up or humiliating them is not appropriate. Give a blessing, act with grace, and do not crush your kids.