Has this year’s back-to-school season dropped you squarely in the empty nester camp? Do you find yourself looking at your spouse or partner and wondering how the time passed so quickly? Are there times when you wonder how the two of you lost touch with each other along the way?

These are very common sentiments for couples who have recently become empty nesters. You’ve probably spent the last several years working late to provide for your family, burning the candle at both ends to prepare lunches and help with homework, and putting countless miles on the family vehicle carting children to their extra-curricular activities. It’s no wonder your relationship has taken a back seat.

Matt Brown, Ph.D., is an associate professor and program director in the Family Therapy program at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

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