I work with 550 kids everyday and know exactly what you mean. It's very of sad.
I kind of got started late with these kids but I am getting the chance to re-live my childhood. I agree it is worth every penny and I really do have an understanding and supportive wife. We started bank fishing about 3 years ago and started fly fishing this past summer.
The 7 year old is great and I am sure that his 3 year old crazy brother will be OK someday.