Sitting at his youngest daughter's high school graduation, Bruce Katzen fought back the sting in his eyes. His thoughts raced from "Oh, my God, my baby is graduating," to "This is going to be an exciting time for my wife and me."
"It's a milestone," Katzen said.
This month, parents of more than 3 million high school graduates are celebrating the transition to the next phase of their children's lives. But where generations past fretted over the empty nest and the prospect of loneliness, today's empty-nesters are active in the workforce and see the transition as opportunity for better work-life balance and new routines.