26/08/2014 17:05 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

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

Girl (3-5) wearing school uniform, holding bag, outdoors, portrait

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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