Beginning in the 1970’s, “empty nest syndrome” was characterized as a time of depression and loss for parents, especially mothers, when their children left home. Books and websites abound to help parents survive the transition. Studies are showing, however, that parents are enjoying more freedom and a more relaxed responsibility when their children leave home, increasing their satisfaction with their marriage. Scientific studies of marriage indicate that, while parents love their children, the arrival of those children causes marital satisfaction and happiness to plummet. The increase in marital satisfaction isn’t because couples spend more time together when the children leave; it happens because they spend more uninterrupted time together.

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