Even though life can be full of unexpected changes, empty nest syndrome is a must,and all parents must be always set to embrace this phenomenon characterized by emptiness and sadness.
Empty nest syndrome isn’t a clinical diagnosis, but a post-parental period, boredom and the feeling of loss when children-turned-young-adults begin to move out of the family home, either for school or to settle on their own.
Imagine the feelings, when you being the first kid of the family move out at age 18. Parents might be finding it hard to believe you could adequately take good care of yourself. Or being the last child of the family, bidding goodbye to mum and dad. Profound sense of loss that might make them vulnerable to depression could set in.
The popular global health insurance service company, CIGNA HealthCare postulated that family life cycles have five stages:
- Independence from your parents
- Settling down with a partner
- Becoming a parent to your own children
- Launching your adult children into their own independence stage
- Your retirement years
Although this grief of separation is serious, but there are things you must know in order not to be caught aware by this transition from full house to an empty nest, and as well as to get over the difficulty in adjusting to an empty nest. Indeed, there abounds some things no one ever tells you about this post-parental period.
Empty nest can promote relationships.
In a research carried out by Psychologist Karen L. Fingerman PhD, author of Aging Mothers and Their Adult Daughters; students were surprised on how his research proved them wrong.
“Students always think their parents are doing worse now that they’re gone. Of course, you want to think that when you move out, your mom must be devastated, but that’s not validated by the research.”
Fingerman’s study indeed prove that parents feel a sense of loss when their nests empty, but, increased satisfaction and improved relationships do occur.
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