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The first day of school is a big event in a child’s life, but just as big (and emotional) for the child’s parents!

Every parent knows to accentuate the positive, to tell their children they’ll be making friends and having fun. But the truth is, it may be a harder day for the parent than it is for the child!

Lauren Hersey of Rayland, Ohio has two children, Hunter and Lainee. Lainee started kindergarten today and Lauren says it never gets easier.

“She’s very mature, very empowered, so she was getting on the bus and she was like, Bye Mom! Hopped right on the bus. And I was devastated. So sad to see her go,” said Hersey.

Many parents say the hardest moment is the school bus.

“It is. I feel like it’s an uncontrolled environment. And it just makes me nervous,” said Hersey.

Amy Baker of Wheeling, says she drove her two boys to pre-school many times.

“It was a little emotional but nothing was like putting them on that bus and watching them walk away and wave to me out that window,” said Baker.

She says it’s important not to let your kids know your fears or misgivings.

“They’re not thinking about those things. They’re excited because they have a new pair of light-up shoes. Or they really like the new pencils they got for their pencil box,” said Baker.

And she says if they come home with a story of a bad experience, we worry, but they shake it off!

“I fell on the playground, I skinned my knee. But then the next day they’re back at school and they’ve already forgotten about it by the time they walk in the door,” said Baker.

“They will be fine. And just have a little bit of faith in your kids. And to trust the bus drivers and trust the school systems because they will keep our kids safe,” said Hersey.

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