The poet Coleridge was visited by an admirer one day. During the conversation the subject got around to children.
"I believe" said the visitor, "that children should be given a free rein to think and speak and act and thus learn at an early age to make their own decisions. This is the only way that they can grow into their own potential."
"Come see my flower garden," said Coleridge, leading the man outside. The visitor took one look and exclaimed, "Why, that's nothing but a yard full of weeds!"
"It used to be filled with roses." said Coleridge, "But this year I thought I'd let the garden grow as it willed without tending to it. This is the result."