Empty Nest….How Do Couples Reconnect?


So many times we hear of couples who experience Empty Nest Syndrome divorce soon after their little birds fly the coup.  It seems that the number of “Gray Divorces” are on the rise.  A Gray Divorce is a terminology for couples who divorce later on in life.  Since the population in general is living longer, couples who would have normally stuck it out, are desiring to spend their retirement years being happy even if that means leaving an unhappy marriage.

FamilyAffaires.com Expert Contributor, Dr. Dan Gottlieb discusses this issue with FamilyAffaires.com Co-Founder Roseann Vanella who is a Professional Family Mediator and principal at the Family Mediation firm, Advanced Mediation Solutions.  Dr. Gottlieb explains that couples need to connect or stay connected way before the time approaches when they become Empty Nesters.

Many couples are too “child centric”, meaning where everything about the couple and family revolves around the child.  Couples need to take time for one another and make sure their partners are happy and heard in the relationship. Watch and listen for plenty of other great advice from Dr. Gottlieb.

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About Dan Gottlieb

Dr. Dan Gottlieb has been practicing psychology since 1969.Since 1985, Daniel Gottlieb has been hosting “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia’s local public radio station. He has also previously published a total of four books. His most recent, “The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child,”. In it, Dan tells of some of the remarkable insights shared by his grandson Sam who is on the autism spectrum. All of his royalties are donated to children’s charities. Dan is also a contributor to the Dana & Christopher Reeves Foundation.

One thought on “Empty Nest….How Do Couples Reconnect?

  1. Jane Kramer

    Thanks for the great discussion. I love the idea that an empty nester couple should dream together. There is time to think about the “we” and that it is wonderful!


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