Parents on Twitter are sharing the emotional ways they're dealing with their kids' first day of school

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Emotional parents turned to Twitter to share back-to-school woes and requests for advice.

  • It's back-to-school season, and that means some children are going to school for the very first time. The change may be hard for them, but parents struggle with the adjustment as well.
  • Mikel Jollett, writer and frontman of rock band the Airborne Toxic Event, tweeted about dropping off his son for his first day of pre-school, asking for advice from parents about how to deal with the transition.
  • Some said the best thing to do is let go, while others said savoring every moment is key. They all agreed on one thing, however: Sending your child off to a new stage in their life is never easy.
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It's back-to-school season, and while some students may feel overwhelmed or nervous about their teachers and making new friends, many forget that parents often struggle with the transition as well.

On Twitter, one dad asked for advice on how to deal with the rush of emotions that inevitably come with a child starting a new stage in their life. That parent was Mikel Jollett, a writer and the frontman of Los Angeles-based rock band the Airborne Toxic Event.Advertisement

Jollett had dropped off his son for his first day of pre-school and tweeted on Wednesday, "It's an oddly emotional day. I'm both very proud of him and the parenting my wife and I have done and very sad for reasons I can't quite explain."

Hundreds of parents offered a range of advice, from taking pictures to crying a lot. Some said the transition is the perfect time to learn to let go, while others said to savor every moment. They all agreed, however, that sending your child to school for the first time is never easy.


Hundreds of responses poured in, kicking off a massive thread. Some parents gave advice about growth.


Others said the freedom parents have when their children are at school is cause for celebration, not tears.


Some practical advice came in as well.


One parent said that every minute counts.


Another reminded Jollett that parents are there to help their kids along.

These parents said that sometimes, the sadness that comes with saying goodbye never quite goes away.