English translation: by putting down his little pebbles/giving him his little pebbles
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French term or phrase:
en lui mettant ses petits cailloux
by putting down his little pebbles/giving him his little pebbles
Thank you! I figured out it must be a reference to Le Petit Poucet! The speaker (Louise Bourgeois) is comparing a child's struggle for independence with what happens to Le Petit Poucet. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer