Some parents are bad.
Some parents just don’t give their children the opportunities, from the earliest of days, for them to get ahead.
Some parents take their children to group after group after group and their kids never get to spend a moment at home.
Some mothers give their children milk in bottles.
Some mothers breastfeed their children far beyond the age acceptable in polite society.
Some fathers don’t get back from work in time to put their children to bed, or read them a story.
Some fathers don’t go out to work.
Some mothers put their children’s needs before their own.
Some put their own first.
Some mothers keep their children far too close for far too long.
Some contract out the job to boarding schools.
Some parents check their children for acceptability before they are born.
Some refuse to take any tests, or worse, take no notice of test results.
Some parents allow their children to watch or play games or films inappropriate to their children’s age.
Some parents wrap their offspring up in cotton wool.
Some parents don’t help their children with their homework.
Some parents do it for them.
Some parents drive their kids to school.
Some make them walk all the way on their own.
Some parents let their children eat their meals in front of the telly.
Some parents sit at the table and shout at their children because they won’t eat their vegetables.
Some parents smack their children.
Some parents use emotional blackmail to control them.
Some parents favour one child over another.
Some parents treat all their children the same, regardless.
Some parents send their kids to bed too early.
Some let them stay up too late.
Some parents, but not very many, don’t love their children.
And that’s got nothing to do with being poor.