Our expert says:
Firstly, I'm sorry that someone, I don't know who, has caused needless delays in putting your question to me, so I can answer it.
I think that around the age of 12, the role of a child in major life decisions would be absolutely not to actually make such decisions ( for the reasons you mention ), but to learn about how to make such decisions.
You help him to think about all the many relevant factors, and how to weight them up, how to see the snags, the thorns on the stems of the roses.
I wonder why his mother is so set on him making the decision alone : does she insist that he choose his own diet, even if he wants to eat nothing but chocolate ? Some parents have mysterious ideas that it's marvelous for a child to go to a boarding school, which is nonsense. Some kids thrive there, others hate every moment of it. Did she attend a boarding school very pleasantly, and might she be over-generalizing from her own experiences ?
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