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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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"The target market is certainly those that desire the areas of Sutton and Beekman Place, the empty nester, the investor, and international users and investors," said Zeckendorf.
Second, the depression of the empty nesters was measured using the GDS.
The results showed that the mental status of the empty nesters was not favorable and that nearly two thirds of those surveyed had moderate-to-severe depression.
Transactional analysis revealed a moderate correlation between depression and gender among the empty nesters (see Table 1).
Transactional analysis also revealed a strong correlation between depression and level of education among the empty nesters, such that higher educational levels were associated with fewer cases of moderate-to-severe depression and more depression-free cases (see Table 2).
Finally, transactional analysis revealed a weak correlation between depression and marital status among the empty nesters, such that being married was associated with a lower degree of depression in empty nesters (see Table 3).
Chicklit The Empty Nesters, Nina Bell, Sphere, pounds 7.99 Clover Jones and Laura Dangerfield have been best friends since their children were born.
If the empty nesters don't show any signs of leaving their suburban semis, more greenfield land will be needed.
Resting and reflecting on accomplishments as a parent, sharing experiences with others, reinventing romantic relationships, developing a hobby, planning the next step and reading all help with discovering what the world has to offer outside the nest--there is even a book called "Chicken Soup for the Empty Nesters: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home." This acceptance stage also requires recognizing that there were downsides to child rearing years and those who have interests of their own find themselves less vicariously dependent upon their children's happiness.
As Renault is aiming this vehicle at the empty nesters who have grown to love the space, size and command driving position of their minivan, but who no longer need the rear seats on a regular basis, a great deal of emphasis has been put on driver and passenger comfort.