A friend once said she was very liberal and gave her daughter plenty of freedom, with a reminder, that she trusted her and did not expect the child to ‘let her down’.
Terms like ‘trust’, ‘freedom’ and ‘letting down’ made it sound like a warning Guidance and support towards self reliance, encouragement and acceptance would have been more appropriate, I feel.
How does a child tell such parents that she disagrees? What if she does not succeed is being obedient? And, if she does make a bad choice? It looked more like the parents were letting down the child.
‘Freedom to obey’ is not ‘freedom’.