2. When You Neglect Your Kids Bad Stuff Happens
Yes, Fiona could be relied upon to always take up the slack, but just once she tried being carefree and irresponsible and the whole house of cards fell apart. A bag of coke was left behind by an ex-boyfriend and she, Kevin, and Val did some birthday partying, only to find that baby Liam had got into the stash and almost died. The child was okay in the end and Fiona went to prison. Frank seemed to sail through all of this unscathed and Fiona paid the price. Had she been allowed to do anything but go to work and take care of the kids this probably would not have happened. When parents expect their kids to grow up too soon they will rebel, sometimes with terrible consequences.