Starting School: First Day Of School Is The Most Emotional Milestone For Parents

26/08/2014 17:05 | Updated 20 May 2015

First day of school

Parents have revealed the most emotional milestone in bringing up a child is the first day at school.

Researchers who polled 2,000 parents of schoolchildren found that while parenthood is crammed full of millions of joyful moments, taking your son or daughter to school for the first time was the most memorable and emotional.

Eight out of 10 parents captured the milestone with a 'first day of school' photo of their son or daughter proudly dressed in their new school uniform - and a quarter uploaded the photo to Facebook straightaway.

Among the other emotional milestones were children's first wobbly steps, their first word and celebrating their very first birthday in the research by Sainsbury's.

The 20 most emotional milestones for parents

1. First day at school

2. First steps

3. First word

4. First birthday

5. First day at nursery

6. First Christmas

7. First crawl

8. First nativity/school play

9. First time riding a bike

10. First swim

11. First time writing their name

12. First holiday

13. First time reading words

14. First tooth

15. First solid foods

16. First sports day

17. First school report

18. First parents evening

19. When they became fully potty trained

20. First time they counted to 10.

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