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Why the empty nest reality is much less glum than the myth.


Youíre supposed to feel weepy, forsaken and bereft. And maybe you do. Sometimes. Some days.

However, many parents are realizing that they also feel exhilarated, freer and, yes, sexier, when their kids grow up, leave home and go out on their own. It might be an empty nest, but thereís no "syndrome." At least, not in the negative sense. Thereís no malady about it. Itís more like a club whose members are secretly celebrating having more quality time alone with their friends and with their spouse.

Magazine articles and TV doctors still tend to focus on "coping" with this midlife transition, and the identity crisis they say could lead to depression, alcoholism and divorce. But research reveals an empty nest can actually reduce stress and family conflicts.


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