Family relationships can be stressful. At times in my life I have purposely distanced myself from my family or family members in order to take care of myself even if only for a brief period of time. Sometimes family relationship difficulties just seem to be too much. Sometimes a sibling makes a statement that causes hurt feelings and it’s just easier not to argue. Sometimes relationships with friends are just much easier. Friends don’t have the history and accept us just as we are. How much nicer to build relationships with friends than having to deal with the ups and downs of family dynamics? It’s no wonder that as families grow older that we really need the ability to remain independent and able to care for ourselves without relying on family support.