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Return to school brings nerves for kids, tears for moms and dads

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Going back to school can be daunting for some kids... and their parents.

Today many school bells rang around the Cape Fear for the first time since spring, and kids hit the books again, while some moms and dads got a little emotional.

Sometimes the first day of school can be a little stressful.

"When we go into the classroom people are staring at you and makes you nervous," said Kendall Billingsley, a fifth grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland.

Parents feel the pit in their stomachs, too.

"It was nerve-racking, because I felt his nerves," dad Edward Oldham said.

For Oldham, this feeling is new, but his jitters let up when his son Landon warmed up to the idea of kindergarten.

"He actually walked in, put his stuff down, and went to play," dad said.

In another part of the school, Kelly Callihan said goodbye to her third graders.

"When I walk out the front door I'll be crying," she said. "I cry every year."

Callihan admits she is no stranger to the first day of school tears, as she slowly walks back to the car.

"It doesn't get any easier," Callihan said. "I'll cry on the way home."

So while she waits at home, and tries to keep her mind busy.

"I'll be watching the clock all day," Callihan said.

She's not the only one counting down the minutes until pick-up.

"I just can't wait to get him back home and ask him how his first day was," Oldham said.

Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen and Pender counties all went back to class this morning, along with Whiteville City Schools. New Hanover County Schools start tomorrow.

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Moms and dads emotional?

Moms and dads emotional? Probably so. However it will be from the joy of having somebody babysit and free them up to do whatever.

I can only think of one

I can only think of one parent who is happy to see her kids off to school, but she is lazy and selfish. I enjoy having my kids around. I don't get emotional except at milestones like my daughter being old enough to go to the bus stop by herself, but not to the point of crying or anything like that.

"Rebel With a Cause" ?

After reading your post, I have no idea what that cause might be.

You sound like either a person who's incapable of seeing any goodness in the world around you or a teacher who's completely burnt out.

Too bad.

Teachers Work Hard!!!!

People, please stop bashing teachers. As a former teacher, parent of a child in elementary school, and friend of many teachers, it has been my experience that the majority of teachers sincerely care about their students and work hard to help them be successful. If only some of their parents would make even a fraction of the effort to be interested in their education! Please have some respect for our hard working teachers! So glad I have another profession in which I am not bashed and I am appreciated for my caring and hard work.

Re: Teachers Work Hard!!!!

Who said they didn't? It certainly wasn't me.

I responded to a generic statement that indicated parents were glad to dump off their kids at school. Some might feel that way, but it's highly unlikely that most do. In my humble opinion, only someone with a pessimistic outlook on life or a teacher who's just had too many years of nonsense would say that.

Maybe the word "burnout" offended you? No problem, let me fix that for you:

ONLY WORKERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN EVER EXPERIENCE BURNOUT. TEACHERS, IN PARTICULAR, ARE TOO PERFECT TO EXPERIENCE ANY FLAWS OF THIS NATURE. I REPEAT, ONLY OTHERS WHO ARE NOT, NOR EVER HAVE BEEN TEACHERS, CAN EVER EXPERIENCE THIS! TO EVEN INFER OTHERWISE WOULD BE TEACHER BASHING AND A TERRIBLE CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!

Feel better now?

Dear 4253...... Just to

Dear 4253......

Just to clarify, I was not a "burnout." I actually intended to retire as a teacher. However, life circumstances brought me to another calling. For that, I am blessed.

Of course you're not a burnout !

If you were really a burnout, you'd use a completely different user name on this post than the one that was used on "your" first post.

Maybe one day your heart

Maybe one day your heart will soften. Best to you! :)

Perhaps if you had more experience...

...in the classroom and realize what a teacher has to do on a day to day basis, you would understand that a lot of children come to school completely unprepared, physically, emotionally and scholastically. The role of the school teacher is becoming increasingly more along the lines of "babysitter".

It is a shame, but the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of parents that just don't do what they should for their children and rely heavily on the schools to do it for them.

Maybe you feel this way

Maybe you feel this way about your kids but I can assure you that you are in the minority. I set four to school and am now sending my grandson and I'm emotional because I love them and will miss them. There are still some parents out here that do take care of our own and don't send them to school for them to be babysat.