This is very true that a child's temperament can have a marvelous affect on how people respond to them. Take a child with colic for instance. Colic takes place in around 15 to 20% of infants and includes prolonged bouts of intense crying for no apparent reason at all! A baby with colic can cause even the most calm, laid back parents to snap. The combination of frustration, sleeplessness and concern can manifest itself in anger and hostility toward the child and everyone else!
This is a prime illustration of a reactive relationship on the environment. Features of the child elicit certain kinds of physical and social environments. Thus, in essence, "People act on their environment so as to shape and choose their experiences (Rutter, 1997).
Can you think of some other conditions that children can influence their parent's style?