I can kinda relate to this since I'm a bit of a n00b even after four-ish years of playing the game, mostly because I do a lot of stupid stuff like jumping into a group of monsters thinking I can kill them all.
That being said, I think I'm the exception to the rule. I also find that people who think the game should be easier tend to say it's too hard for their kids. That's fair since Normal and Hard exist to make the game harder, so why shouldn't Easy be easy enough for the lowest age demographic the game appeals to, namely 10-year-olds?
Alright so what about these changes?
Eh... Maybe on its own, but I wouldn't do that in addition to all the other additions.
Hmmm maybe? I haven't had a lot of experience with drowned yet, but I do think the fact they spawn in any water with a light level of 7 sounds annoying.
Again, haven't had a lot of experience with these guys yet so I'll have to take your word for it.
Food depletion in general is kinda ridiculous, so you're not alone on this one.
Now, in defense of Minecraft as it currently stands, I don't think even in Easy mode monsters should be incompetent. But I do think they do deserve a little bit of a nerf.
I agree 95% with this response. The only reason I do not 100%, is I have dealt with the drowned a lot, and I can see the viewpoint you may have with this. I have witnessed my daughter get slaughtered over and over with these things.
As said, nerf, not incompetent. I personally cannot test to the difficulty of easy because I started out on normal, and have played hard for years. I do see a lot of what you said though through my kids.