Exactly whats happening to an aweful lot of the younger generations but indeed on a much lower scale, the paerents tend to give them everything that they can even putting thenselves in debt. Maybe its just human nature to want your children to have things that you would have wanted but were not able to get. I learned soon in life that I better work for whatever I wanted, even if my parents could afford it I always had to do something to earn it before I was able to get it. Its a simple lesson, if you want something you work for it. Patrick was most likely given anything he wanted & instead of working for it was simply told what he was going to be instead of working toward being what he wanted to be.