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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.
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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.
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empty nester

a person whose children have grown up and left home. informal
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n. parents whose children have grown and moved out. There are a few adjustments that empty-nesters have to make.

empty nest, empty nester

A home from which the grown children have moved out, leaving some unoccupied bedrooms; also, the parent(s) in such a home. The term has also given rise to “empty nest syndrome,” the feelings of sadness engendered by the situation. An NBC sitcom entitled Empty Nest aired from 1988 to 1995. The expression dates from the second half of the 1900s.
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We now have "helicopter parents" who hover over every move their child makes, "boomerang babies" for children who treat their parents' homes less like an empty nest and more like a revolving door, and "half-full nests," which are empty nesters whose time is filled by parents who need care.
As they enter this new stage of life, Empty Nesters are excited about products and ideas to help them cook for two," says General Mills home economist Lynn Vettel.
While most empty nesters opt to stay put, 25% will buy a new home--whether it is smaller, larger, or a vacation getaway.
The Sydney Morning Herald identified the Aussie empty nesters as Catherine and Robert Lawton, 54 and 57, who are flying to different parts of the world after their three adult daughters have left home.
For both younger and older empty nesters, the top destination for an extended break is the US followed by Australia and New Zealand and then the Caribbean.
The neighborhood is ideal for first-time home buyers, young families and empty nesters looking to downsize to a more easily managed home.
Sian Spear, sales director for Persimmon Wales, said: ``Among the homes attracting empty nesters are apartments, and we have noticed that three of our developments have proved particularly popular.
Among lifestyle groups, residents in struggling urban cores seem to be raising the most glasses, while among behavior stages, established couples are mixing up the most drinks, followed by empty nesters.
According to Beninati, the developments will offer all of the amenities of newly constructed apartments and will be priced to attract a buyer demographic of young professionals and empty nesters that to date have been priced out of the new construction market in Greenwich.
While startup families in cosmopolitan centers are the biggest purchasers of such products by a wide margin, and other households with children small and big are also regular buyers, many established couples, empty nesters and senior couples are indulging their inner kids, too - and perhaps making sweet memories with grandchildren or other younger relatives as well.