an empty nester

empty nester

A parent whose children have moved out of the home. When our youngest goes off to college next year, we'll officially be empty nesters.
See also: empty, nester

an empty nester

An empty nester is a parent whose children have left home. I'm trying to prepare myself for becoming an empty nester when my youngest child goes to university.
See also: empty, nester
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Though most are enjoying the extra space and freedom, a quarter (26%) say that they don't enjoy being an Empty Nester with 14% saying that it's difficult to live in the property now that it feels empty.
But a quarter (26%) say they do not enjoy being an empty nester and 14% say they find it difficult to live in the property now that it feels empty.
Besides the fact he doesn't have to worry about his children as much on a daily basis, he's not convinced of the other lifestyle benefits that becoming an empty nester offers.
And, as an Empty Nester myself, I think it's great to have a little help from the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Although most are enjoying the extra space and freedom, a quarter (25%) say that they don't enjoy being an Empty Nester with 16% saying that it's difficult to live in the property now that it feels empty.