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Barras: Investing in children

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Ronnie's mother considered him too needy. "He would ask her to help him with homework, participate in school activities and inquire as to whether he would ever see [the city's] downtown." She grew tired of his questions. "You know, I never wanted you," Katy told her 8-year-old son. "You wouldn't be here if your father wasn't so cheap. I needed money for an abortion. [He] never gave me the...

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