the empty nest

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

the ˌempty ˈnest

the situation that parents are in when their children have left home: the empty nest syndrome
See also: empty, nest
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For them, the empty nest can take away part of their identity and brings a real sense of loss.
A: While the empty nest can be a challenging time, it can give you the freedom and chance to rediscover hobbies and interests, reconnect with your partner and/or friends and to create new and happy memories.
However, while the empty nest can be a challenging time, it can also give you the freedom and opportunity to rediscover hobbies and interests, reconnect with your partner and/or friends and to create new and happy memories.
We may be about to encounter the empty nest, but at least it will be cheaper to go on holiday.
The empty nest syndrome will now affect both Jenner parents and all the drama will surely be documented in the family's host of reality TV shows.
Her" wonders if they might be our lovers instead, but also wonders how we'll cope when, like children, they outgrow us and leave us behind in the empty nest of the physical world.
From "A Flock of Chickens: RX for the Empty Nest Syndrome" Marie and her husband, Jim, are developing a farm in the Pacific Northwest with their adult children and grandchildren.
THE EMPTY NEST SYNDROME They call it the empty nest syndrome When the children have all left home You think of the past.
When boomers reach the empty nest stage, they discover that they no longer need all of the financial relationships that they have accumulated over 40 years of homebuilding and career development.
and the empty nest has made place for more than it held before
THE Merseyside mother of Britain's first sextuplets has told of her happiness after five of them returned to the empty nest.
He presents downtown areas of cities as the new retirement resorts and gives tips on enjoying the empty nest and retirements in the bright lights, furnishing information on the dynamic, distinctly different, sunbelt, and four-season choices along with cities to watch in the coming years.
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.
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.