There was a segment on NPR recently that was discussing the failed families in some large city (Los Angeles, I think). One of the issues was custody battles between parents and grandparents. There are a lot of kids being raised by grandparents because the parents are simply incapable of raising children. However, the one thing I wondered about was, didn’t that mean that the grandparents had failed in raising their children, the dysfunctional parents? Why won’t the next generation turn out just as dysfunctional as their parents, since they’re being raised by the same people? On the other hand, perhaps since the results of what went before are so clear the same mistakes won’t be made.