@Sinisters Wife and I recently had a huge sleepover party for my sons 8th birthday. All said and done 13 kids slept over and 14 total showed up. There is hope for the future (despite what you see in the news) because most of these kids weren't bad at all, and really only the bad ones stood out. One kid simply did. not. listen. I'd ask him a question and he would siomply look the other way. He asked me for a juice box at one point and I said, "I think we're running out so wait a little while." He turned around opened my fridge, grabbed one and left. I almost exploded. Two kids are future sex offenders. They ran around sticking their hands down other kids pants (why the hell would you even want to do that) and had to be told to stop several times. One kid plots and plans, and recruits members into doing his bidding. One kid has severe emotional problems but is highly intelligent. I think if that kid gets the help he needs he can still do great things. Now, as to the parents of these monsters. The kid that did what he wanted despite my answers to him was picked up by obvious keeping up with the Jones' types. High end cars, fancy clothes, etc. Too busy doing that to realize their kid thinks the rules don't apply to him I guess. In about 7 years, he'll be on the news. These people have done a great disservice to their child in letting him get this way. My son says he does this at school also. The two sex offenders have probably been exposed to something they absolutely should not have. Whether this happened by accident or design we cannot know, but parents simply need to understand that there is no shortage on content in popular culture that can and will contaminate your child in a society that does not welcome free and open hedonistic sexual practices. These parents have also done their kids a great disservice, probably far beyond that of rule breaking. My son was wlaking around singing the Miley Cyrus song "Wrecking Ball" for a while. I'd never heard the whole song, and never seen the video. Here's a hint: if an 8 year old sees this and chuckles, "Hee hee her butts hanging out...", they are obviously too immature to handle such a video. And what's with the strings of spit in her mouth? Give her a glass of water before shooting the million takes on that video already. Oh sure, that video could be considered "art" in a high school, college setting. Nude photography and painting is nothing new. It's also not for youngsters. Ruler breakers can be taught. Sex offenders rarely revert to normal behavior. The kid with severe emotional issues can be helped but it has to happen SOON. This kids mind races far faster than his body, and he gets ahead of himself in many ways. He's the older of two brothers and a young divorced mom who seems to make excuses. The disservice here is that she needs to admit reality and get done what needs to get done. For myself, I'm far from perfect. We don't go to church (I'm not sure it's a necessity anyway), I yell too much too quickly, and often just don't listen to my kid when he's trying to explain something perfectly rational. I'm not around enough. I screw up a lot. But I do teach my son issues of good character, sportsmanship, right from wrong, etc. I don't expect when I'm gone and he's 50 for anyone to say, "Wow your parents did a great job." but I certainly don't want them to say, "Man did that guy come from a screwed up background." And yes, I have a good glimpse of the home life of those three or four kids that really stood out in a negative way at this party, and I'm sorry for the kids, and dislike the adults. Thoughts?