"I believe managing is like
holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it,
but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it."
I grew up in the San Francisco area and thus was trained to despise the Los Angles Dodgers, which Tommy Lasorda coached for years. But this little quote from him is brilliant, and applies to management and a lot of other challenges in life -- including parenting.
P.S. Here is where I found the quotes if you want to hear more of Tommy's wisdom.