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January 23, 2017

Has your last child grown up and ready to leave home or perhaps already moved out?  If so you may be experiencing some mixed emotions.  Find out why the empty nest syndrome happens and what you can do about it.

Just what is the “Empty Nest” Syndrome?

  • The “Empty Nest” Syndrome is not a clinical condition but a useful “label” for the general feeling of grief or loneliness that parents may feel when their children leave home

  • The syndrome takes it name from young birds flying out of their nests once they are old enough to fly, leaving their parents behind

  • It is an important transition in the family life cycle when children “leave the nest” and parents have to adjust their lives accordingly

  • The “Empty Nest” phase has both positive and negative potential, therefore it is important to have an understanding and be aware of factors that may affect adjustment to this transition

Emotions and reactions associated with the “Empty Nest” Syndrome:

  • It is normal for parents t...

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