Why it's okay to be estranged, from 12 people who don't talk to their parents

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It's always nice to have a support system, especially in times of dire need. And while parents might represent beacons of hope and safety for lots of people, there are many people out there who feel the opposite. While it may seem strange, estrangement is actually more common than you think among US families -- for a multitude of reasons, there are lots of people out there who purposely have no relationship with their parents.

Several people who are disconnected from their parents took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to explain what it's really like to be estranged.

1. Family doesn't mean the same thing to everyone:

I hate when people say family is the most important thing in the world. Everyone in my family is horrible and I

2. 'Parents' is just a word -- some people's parents are nothing more than acquaintances to them.

My parents taught me never to talk to strangers. This is why I don

3. Sometimes the right decisions are the most difficult ones:


4. Parents should help shape and support who you are, not make you feel bad about it:
I don

5. Just because you can't be around your family doesn't mean you don't love them:


6. It's not always culturally acceptable to not be in touch with your parents:

I don

7. It might be hard to break away from the people who you really need space from:

I don

8. Is it possible to ever forgive your parents for years of abuse?

I don

9. Relationships are two-way streets:

I don

10. It might be safer for you to stay away from people who you deem dangerous:

People don

11. Not talking to your parents isn't necessarily a bad thing:

Every time I tell people I don

12. You are the only one who can fully control your own happiness:

I don

Want to hear more from estranged children? Check out Whisper!

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