Every stay-at-home parent adjusts differently to the change in routine created when the last of their children leave home. Some parents return to the workforce, take up new hobbies, or reconnect with pre-existing or new networks of friends.
Other empty nesters return to school, volunteer or focus on personal enrichment studies. For some, continuing the daily routine, such as completing chores, provides stability. Occasionally, parents fall into depression when their children leave home and must battle to reidentify themselves as more than just parents. Experts suggest that parents who develop outside interests and social networks before their children leave home are more likely to have a smooth transition.