Before Facebook, no one had a place to show off their witty baby announcement photos or film at their gender reveal parties.
But not wanting to miss the chance to celebrate a milestone on Facebook, Vicky and Jeff Piper from Ohio created their own hilarious photo shoot of becoming "empty nesters".
The parents, with a bird's nest and a sign that said 'Empty Nest August 2018', shared the three photos on Facebook to mark the day their youngest child was leaving home for university.
"20 years ago we didn’t have gender reveal parties, portraits in beautiful fields with baby shoes to announce a pregnancy," Vicky wrote.
"Nor did we have baby photos on a blanket with a circle around a number showing how old they were. We drove our babies to sears or Olan Mills to get their photo!
The photos celebrating their "new chapter" have been shared thousands of times on Facebook, with fellow parents seeing the humour in the shots.
Vicky spoke in an interview with Today: "If you’re in your 40s or 50s, when you had your kids, you missed all these beautiful photo opportunities kids do now."
"So there was definitely an element of: 'Let’s join those whippersnappers.'"