There's a difference between emotional bonding and coddling. The emotional issues need to be worked with, not repressed. None of the Jedi can deal with them except Qui-Gon (no wonder he's at odds with the council all the time). Yeah, like I said, too long a leash.[/quote] Huh? It's Anakin's first assignment on his own. Obi-Wan is actually worried Anakin is going to screw things up (while Typho thinks Padme is more unstable). You get two young people with repressed sexuality together in the romantic setting, and it doesn't bode well. Anakin's behavior is another issue (I'd say it's both his fault and Obi-Wan's). Your point was that Obi-Wan is too lenient and I don't see much evidence of that. Every time Anakin steps out of line, he gets a setdown.