I have finally fixed my problem in after effects, which is nice. Well, I say fixed, what I have done is found a solution to it when it goes funky on me. The intended effect at the end is to make text look like folded paper, and uses a lot of duplicated layers of text parented to small triangle shapes.
The problem was that when I parented layers they would change their position or rotation values and throw everything off. the end result being slightly scary.
As can be seen in these images, there are some weird things going on, when all I want is for the correct letter to show up, not be smeared across the page.
My solution was fairly simple, first try deleting, and then re-parenting the layers. If that does not work, try restarting after effects and doing the same thing. So far one of those 2 things has fixed the problem.
This image shows everything having worked as it should after I used my fixes on it.
I should have some videos up on youtube soon showing the finished product and how cool it can look.
Some locations I went to try and find help
Most other posts went along these lines. while I asked for fixes to alphas they just had answers to OTHER problems or tutes on wild things. in the end I had to come up with my own solution, which is posted above