For parents, it is both exciting and and overwhelming watching their children grow up. They watch them take their first steps, start school, finish school and then eventually most children decide to move out of home. While this is an eventful milestone for many families, some parents experience what’s been labelled ‘empty nest syndrome’. ‘Empty nest syndrome’ is an informal term used for the sadness, grief, loneliness experienced by some parents after their child leaves home. Not all parents experience these feelings and some enjoy the freedom that comes with their children leaving their home. However, some parents struggle with ‘empty nest syndrome’ which can either last for a short period or in some cases persist for longer periods, making them vulnerable to developing depression.