I think it is a subjunctive mood, but I am not sure what it means. Why does the author use this mood? What does the author tend to infer? Being unable to live with both parents alongside is a regrettable part of growing up for many children. But be that as it may, as society gives the problem more attention, and as people are more able to openly discuss the sources of their pain, we must work to ensure that it does not lead to lifetimes of regret.