Children of a syntax tree had forward links only, because there was no need for reverse links.
This need appeared when we started mutating the syntax tree.
On a forward list, to remove a target node in O(1) we need a pointer to the node before the target. If we don't have this "before" pointer, we have to find it, and that requires O(n).
So in order to remove a syntax node from a tree, we would similarly need to find the node before to then remove. This is both not ergonomic nor does it have a good complexity.