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My mother tells this story:

When I am around two years old, we go camping. In about 1963. My parents set up the tent. I am wandering around the field in Tennessee. I come back to my mother.

"Pot." I say.

My mother says, "You can go anywhere."

I pull on my mother's shirt. "Pot."

My mother points at the field. "You can go anywhere."

I wander into the field and pull down pants and go. I get back up. I look around. "Pot." I say and put out my arms. "Big pot!"


This article on "mollycoddling" children, reminds me of my mother's stories. I think there is a different problem: I think parents try to appear perfect to their children and every child realizes parents are liars.