empty nest


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empty nest

A family home inhabited by parents after their children have grown up and departed. Many parents feel depressed when they are left in an empty nest.
See also: empty, nest

empty nest

The home of parents whose children have grown up and moved out. For example, Now that they had an empty nest, Jim and Jane opened a bed-and-breakfast. This expression, alluding to a nest from which baby birds have flown, gave rise to such related ones as empty-nester, for a parent whose children had moved out, and empty-nest syndrome, for the state of mind of parents whose children had left. [c. 1970]
See also: empty, nest
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Happily, however, during that spring, they never, but once, got anything but empty nests, or eggs--being too impatient to leave them till the birds were hatched; that once, Tom, who had been with his uncle into the neighbouring plantation, came running in high glee into the garden, with a brood of little callow nestlings in his hands.
IT used to be common at this time of year to hear of parents suffering from empty nest syndrome as their children finally left home to head to tertiary education.
If you have found yourself with a bit of an empty nest after your children have grown up and left home, fostering can be a way to use those valuable parenting skills you have gained.
Wellington, July 20 (ANI): Mom, dad and kids - this is no longer a conventional household in New Zealand - as they are increasingly replaced by childless or empty nest couples.
I found nothing, so I wrote a self-help book, The Empty Nest, partly as a distraction and partly to offer reassurance to other parents.
Women are worst affected because of rising divorce rates, widowhood and empty nest syndrome.
THE EMPTY NEST SYNDROME They call it the empty nest syndrome When the children have all left home You think of the past.
She said she had heard of empty nest syndrome but no one had told her to prepare for the effect of her daughter passing her driving test.
July 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that the kiddos have graduated high school or college, you may be experiencing the loneliness of Empty Nest Syndrome after the "nest's" residents launch and venture out into the world.
Washington, December 3 (ANI): A new study has shown that empty nest, a feeling of loneliness that may hit parents sitting at home, may have beneficial effects on their marriage.
The subject of her latest book, Second Honeymoon, is also close to her heart ( the empty nest and how it affects a couple when their children leave home and then, through one dilemma or another, want to return.
With Freshers' Week approaching, universities and family support groups are gearing up to provide advice to Welsh mums and dads worried by scare stories about student life, or simply struggling to come to terms with an empty nest.
MINNEAPOLIS -- With half of all Boomers expected to turn 50 or older by 2006, Pillsbury is helping to ease the transition from full house to empty nest with a new survey and Cooking for Two initiative focused on managing a suddenly-smaller household.
Outside there is also Empty Nest, a giant human-sized rooks nest that can climb up into for a bird's-eye view and a children's playground with an area for den making.