Close relationships can hinder ability to live independently

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST

At lunch, the other day, my friends and I were discussing holiday activities and we got on the subject of families. Somebody brought up the fact that some families she knew insisted on celebrating the holidays apart because every time they got together there was a big family fight. It turned out we all knew families like that. On the other hand, we all also knew families that never spent their holidays apart.