As children get older and prepare to leave the ‘nest’ for various reasons, several couples are faced with the looming question of what to do with themselves when the house becomes ’empty’ and time is no longer a luxury to them. Research has indicated that the Empty Nest Syndrome described by Psychology Today as “feelings of depression, sadness, and/or grief experienced by parents and caregivers after children come of age and leave their childhood homes”, becomes a very real issue for many couples.
The dramatic shift in parental roles hit couples differently where some celebrate the fact that they finally have their lives back while others may suffer a loss of identity as shown in the clips below.
How have most of you ‘coped’ with life after the kids have left the house? Please share your thoughts below!
Watch this lighthearted clip on this topic!
Experts explain how couples can prepare themselves on becoming Empty Nesters: