The family unit is greatly important to the developmental, emotional, and cognitive growth of a child.
Adults have little awareness of their security needs except in times of emergency or periods of disorganization in the social structure (such as a riot, or a terror threat). Children have basic needs that must be met for healthy development. Security is a huge need. Children often display the signs of insecurity and the need to be safe.
As adults, we learn to deal with a certain level of insecurity in our lives. Adults forget or do not know that children do not have that same built inability to deal with insecurity or uncertainty. People often assume when dealing with issues like abandonment, separation anxiety, and fears that their children should understand that they are safe. Perhaps as a society, we need to be more understanding and not assume Parents have needs. Children have needs. They are not independent at all.
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