'''Basic Trope''': A character starts a new chapter of life as his/her children have grown up and left the house.
* '''Straight''': Alice misses her children and has no idea what to do with her newfound free time once the youngest has left.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Alice feels as though her life is meaningless and is DrivenToSuicide.
** Alice develops a destructive habit, such as [[LadyDrunk a drinking problem]].
* '''Downplayed''': Alice looks into her childrens' old bedrooms for a few wistful seconds before turning them into a computer room, a home gym, and a den, respectively.
* '''Justified''':
** A large part of Alice's identity is being The Mother. Now that the kids are not kids anymore and don't need her, she feels like she's lost that sense of purpose.
** Alice misses the kids, and the happy memories (and those memories that maybe weren't so happy at the time, such as when Billy discovered his artistic side...and the newly-painted wall, but are now something to look back on and laugh at)
* '''Inverted''':
** [[GrowingUpSucks The kids miss Alice's cooking and the lack of responsibility, and yes, even Alice's nagging, they had as children once they leave]].
** Alice secretly misses life without kids after her first child is born.
* '''Subverted''':
** Alice ''should'', by all rights, be an {{Empty Nest}}er by now, but [[BasementDweller her adult children have yet to leave the house.]]
** [[MyBelovedSmother Alice]] calls and emails her adult children every day, several times a day, sometimes to say hi, sometimes to nag.
** Alice looks forward to being able to have the kids' old rooms back, all the peace and quiet, and the ability to have sex with Bob in the living room.
** Alice adopts a puppy, or starts doing some volunteer work that involves kids, or embraces a new identity known as [[IWantGrandkids Grandma]].
** The kids have not left the house permanently, they are just at summer camp, boarding school, college, etc.
** The kids are still living with Alice.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** AliceAndBob intervene and kick their kids out of the house, and kind of regret it.
** Because she really does miss them and worry about how they'll survive without her.
** But then in the "peace and quiet", she remembers life with the kids and gets wistful.
** None of those things (even grandchildren) replace ''her'' children and raising them.
** Alice still misses the kids.
** They are teenagers, and they spend a lot of time in their rooms or hanging out with their peers, and can be a bit moody, and Alice feels a bit lost and alienated.
* '''Parodied''': ???
* '''Zig Zagged''': Some days Alice misses the kids, other times she doesn't.
* '''Averted''':
** Alice's children are still at home.
** Alice, whether [[LawOfInverseFertility by chance]] or [[ChildrenAreAWaste by choice]], has no children.
* '''Enforced''': TruthInTelevision, RuleOfDrama
* '''Lampshaded''': "It's almost too quiet without the kids here."
* '''Invoked''': The youngest of Alice's children has finally gone off to college...and made new friends and found an apartment to live in.
* '''Exploited''':
** An apartment or condo complex markets itself to older adults whose children have grown up, now that they have less (or no) need of all that extra space.
** Billy is away at college and dating a HardDrinkingPartyGirl...and spent all his money on her. He tries to make AliceAndBob miss him so they'll worry and send him more money (and not fret about his appalling GPA).
* '''Defied''': AliceAndBob take up new hobbies and go on vacations and do all the things they couldn't do when they had ChildrenInTow.
* '''Discussed''': "So, what's it like not having kids around?"
* '''Conversed''': ???
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[[EmptyNest It's so quiet without the kids here...]]
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