empty-nest syndrome

noun
a depressed state felt by some parents after their children have left home.

Origin:
1970–75

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empty-nest syndrome
 
n
informal a condition, often involving depression, loneliness, etc, experienced by parents living in a home from which the children have grown up and left

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Actually the empty nest syndrome starts at different times for different couples.
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