When we do think in such a way, text requires that we notify the reader by using quote marks or some other indication we`re not thinking literally. I see more and more, young people who seem to be losing their sense of humor, their ability to think in metaphors, or even to know what is a metaphor.
Cristy, you`re so right that having parents who care enough to get personally involved with their kids is fabulous. It happens less frequently, it seems, and also tends (in my experience also) to be a problem with financially ambitious couples where both parents work.
At the same time, talking with those parents now that I`m older, I see more often that they don`t even know WHY they`re working that much! They`ve made money the point of life, totally losing the richness and wealth of experience they`d have, growing up with their kids, watching those children discover the world, and even the thought processes developing in their children`s minds. It`s a shame, and the question becomes whether we (elders?) can do anything about it.