I think affection is always good. When a child feels insecure then that is when they will act out most. There are Mama boys who have Mom's who are enablers. This is what my Mom was. My brother was always in trouble outside of the home & she always made excuses for him. He is a Father & a Grandfather & he doesn't have a clue. His children & grandchildren have real problems that he blames on everything, but them or him. My ex's Mom was a wonderful Mom, but felt that no woman was good enough for him. My ex had nothing to do with me or our children & she wanted to make sure that I was taking care of him & he was happy. She wasn't like that with her daughters. She assumed that their husbands would take care of them. I think alot of that was that she expected him to take care of her in her old age. She wanted to make sure she was the priority. Now that we are divorced & he has married, according to her, the ***** from Hell, she appreciates me.