Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up New Book on Byron’s Best Friends

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With a new book exploring how Lord Byron’s best friends were dogs, Yourwellness Magazine investigated whether children should have best friends.

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A new book has been published which explores Lord Byron’s best friends – dogs – the Hucknall Dispatch reported December 8th. The article, “New book on Byron’s best friends is published,” noted that Geoffrey Bond’s new book, Lord Byron’s Best Friends: From Bulldogs to Boatswain and Beyond, traces Byron’s life with a unique angle; his love of dogs. Bond commented, ‘Byron had a difficult childhood and, although he was elevated unexpectedly into the aristocracy, he remained an outsider. His dogs gave him unquestioning affection, protection and obedience. He could relate to them more easily than he could to people.’ (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored whether children should have best friends. According to Yourwellness Magazine, ‘Everyone can remember having at least one best friend in the course of their childhood, but the question of whether or not the nature of having a best friend is a fundamentally sound one has struck the minds of pupil’s teachers across the UK. It is a natural process for many youngsters, seeking for companionship whilst undergoing their early steps into education; but there are growing concerns that by having one best friend, it ostracises other children from interacting with them. As such, there are a number of schools that are encouraging their pupils to have many “good friends” instead.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that it isn’t the first time that schools have given children the “no best friend rule” – in modern teaching, it has become widely acknowledged for tutors to encourage group-playing, rather than tightly-knit bonds. However, Yourwellness Magazine pointed out that there are growing concerns for critics and philosophers that the concept of banning best friends will stunt children emotionally, which will consequently mean that they will have little to no understanding of how to cope with future complications. The mistake, they suggest, lies in the fact that an adult’s emotions will differ significantly from that of a child’s.

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