“They are doing it because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend. But it is natural for some children to want a best friend. If they break up, they have to feel the pain because they’re learning to deal with it.”

 
OK, so I shelter my child from the pain of breaking up with their best friend.  Assume the lesson is successful.
 

Fast forward 35 years.

 
What kind of marriage does this adult have?
What level of friendships (aka support network) does this person have?
 
Fast forward another 35 years.
 
Who’s at the funeral?
 
What was the meaning of a life lived without friends?
 
Do people actually put any thought into decisions like this or are they reacting to their own aversion to past hurts?
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