She was assigned to check on (supposedly) autistic kids as an agency representative to lend family support and help them deal with the situation.
She told me the vast majority of the kids were borderline and would behave normally with a little more parental supervision which the majority of parents didn't make the time to give them.
Every kid without exception, however, had the latest Wii, X-Box or Play Station which was like giving borderline alcoholics the best booze available. In addition, they had multiple flat screen TVs in the house all blaring near full volume.
A few of the families were actually pleasantly surprised at a nearly immediate change in their child's behavior when they followed my daughter's advice to do simple things like play a board game, go to the park and throw a Frisbee or make them earn electronic time by completing homework assignments or simple household chores.
Most of them, however, were simply interested in going through the motions and pretending to listen to my daughter's advice so they could keep their government crazy checks coming.
I studied psychology in college, and your daughter’s assessments are correct.
Like always, I blame the feminist movement on a lot of our modern social issues. The feminists wanted women to work while many of them were content being homemakers. The feminists wanted women to be “equal” to men, so they were indoctrinated for decades to be more masculine.
Two-parent households are becoming increasingly rare. When they are together, they’re often discontent, too busy to tend to the house and the kids. They want kids, but they don’t want the responsibilities of tending to them.
Face it, just like with guns, there are millions of children in this country going through their daily motions, achieving, striving to be better, but there will ALWAYS be one somewhere who’s “just not right” and who’s lacking the love, the ethics, the moral compass necessary to be a functional human being in a civil society. It just takes that one person to go off the rails and take other parts of society down with him to make the public think it’s some sort of global “issue” that needs to be dealt with.