"By the time a child can walk, you've taught all you can. Everything else is refinement and reinforcement.
Corollary: If you can't trust your teen, it's too damn late."
Gotta say no to this one. Not totally incorrect, but close enough to dispute. You can never teach all you can, everyday for your entire life you learn, and in turn, as a parent you will teach (I'll qualify that by saying "as a good parent"). I have 3 kids, 14, 10, and 3. I teach them something new almost everyday, I cannot help it because I am learning everyday. They have the basics of life, and with that I will agree with you, but not the whole of your statement.
"Sprialing dreams" In the immortal words of Casey Kasem "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars"
I have little patience for those who can't wait a damn minute!
Damn you Ron for putting a link to Quantum Mechanics, now it's bookmarked and I know what I will be studing for the next few weeks.
Abuse of freedom..... I agree.
If you help me, I will pretend to like you but not really appreciate it. If you teach me to help myself, I will despise you for not giving me a free ride and take what you taught me and get rich and never give you credit for it.