Trending: The Empty Nest

A month has passed since the dorm drop-off, maybe several if your high school grad had other plans, and quiet fills the empty nest. While some parents quickly adjust, others struggle, and for them there’s a cottage industry of books and blogs, even Pinterest pages. The phrase “empty nest” produces more than 3 million hits in Google search. This certainly isn’t our parents’ empty nest where boomers headed off and never looked back.

While there’s much advice on coping with an empty nest, we wondered why the syndrome seems so widespread in recent years. So we chatted with three experts — a therapist, a blogger and a college admissions administrator — who offered an array of reasons.

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