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It's been a bittersweet time for many Iowa parents this week.

Summer break is over for the little ones and it's time to engage in the tradition of dropping your child off for the first day of school. I don't have any kids, but I've been getting a lot of second-hand feelings from watching my friends go through the process. It's not easy.

Every experience is different, but there are some universal truths and feelings associated with this day that all parents have.

First, you're in disbelief...

WAIT, WHAT?

IT'S TIME FOR MY KID(S) TO GO TO SCHOOL ALREADY? NO. I CAN'T BELIEF THIS. I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS.

And then you get nostalgic...

BECAUSE THEY WERE JUST BABIES LIKE A WEEK AGO.

Then there are tears...

"But my babies need me! Who will separate the cheese in their Lunchables?"

And then there might be more tears. But not from you. It's hard for some kids to let go too.

Eventually the separation anxiety will fade...

And yours will too.

Before you know it, you'll be dropping your kids off and it'll be second nature.

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