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 …

Tips for Empty Nesters on Selling the Family Home

Last spring Cathy and Gary Chester put their ranch home in Morris County, N.J., on the market. Come August, the house is unsold and Cathy admits that she’s enjoying another summer in the home that the couple built 21 years ago. What saddens her is the prospect of closing a chapter in her life. “This is where – young, married, pregnant with my son – I started a new part of my life that ends when I sell the house,” …

Why More Generations Are Living Under One Roof

So much for the empty nest. For decades, older Americans have shared the same roof with their adult children. Since the recession, millennials started boomeranging home, and staying and staying, often into their early 30s. In 2012, in fact, a record 57 million Americans – or 18.1 percent of the nation’s population – lived in multigenerational family households. That’s double the number in 1980, according to a new Pew Research Center study. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The multigenerational …

Why Your College Grad Moved Back Home

At a party last weekend, I met a new college grad who had just moved back home. His plans: a camp counselor job this summer followed by a teaching assistant job come fall. Over the next year or so he plans to save money and figure out his future; maybe an M.S. in social work or a Ph.D. in psychology. He was looking forward to reconnecting with his parents after four years away. “It’s the last time I’ll live at …

Record 21.6 Million Young Adults Live With Parents

Perhaps you thought that by your 50s and 60s you’d be relishing the peace and quiet of an empty nest. You might have been wrong. Boomerang kids are back, along with the kids who never left the nest. A record 21.6 million young adults ages 18 to 31 (36 percent of that age group) lived in their parents’ homes in 2012. That’s the highest share in 40 years, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew …

Imagine: No Empty Nest

Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi she is an AARP contributor. Imagine a world without an empty nest? There’s a big change brewing that could really wreak havoc on our empty nesting cycle.  We’re talking about a change toward online learning. Imagine: your kid does not GO to college, he does college from the comfort …