Coping With Empty Nest Syndrome


We’re in the beginning of fall, which means that college classes have been in session for about a month. For parents of college students, this means you have had about a month of feeling out the changes that have taken place since your child has moved out. Maybe you’ve noticed your house is cleaner, or that food isn’t disappearing from the fridge as quickly. Regardless of what you’ve noticed, I can guarantee you’ve experienced a change.

Empty Nest Syndrome

For some parents, this change can be difficult to cope with and can lead to what is commonly referred to as empty nest syndrome. This is especially true if your child’s absence brings to light issues that you did not realize were present. Maybe now that it is just you and your spouse, you’ve noticed that you don’t have as much in common as you used to, or that you don’t know how to spend your time together. Perhaps you’ve realized that you don’t know how to spend your time now that you’re no longer going to sports games, helping with homework, or chauffeuring your child around.

Therapy can be an excellent tool for helping you adjust to this new change in your life. Working with a counselor can help you identify hobbies you may enjoy participating in to fill your newfound free time. A counselor can also help you process through feelings of sadness that may come up as you adjust to not interacting with your child as frequently. Couples counseling can help you work through issues in your relationship you may have discovered now that your child is no longer at home.

If you are interested in working with a counselor to address empty nest syndrome, contact The Light Program today.