As kids start heading back to school (and some are even leaving their homes to head to college), this season can be very emotional for parents.

Sarah Jessica Parker knows this all too well, and she just got real candid on her Instagram account, where she reflected on her life as a parent and the experience of watching her kids grow up.

The Sex and the City star doesn't often share pics of her three kids—James (18), Marion and Tabitha (12)—but she posted some shots of the three walking to class in a new slideshow. “In the span of 7 days. One crosses the threshold into his freshman year of college. The other 2 into 7th grade. The house is different. We are different,” she wrote.

She continued her poetic caption, saying, “They need us more. And far less. So many know. Gutted at the time passed. Passing. Exhilarated by the possibilities that await them. The love. The love. The love. X, SJ.”

Many fellow celebs consoled Parker, like Ali Wentworth, who said, “The kitchen table seems too big… holding your hand Mama! Off they soar!” Reese Witherspoon commented, “Beautifully said.”

We've become accustomed to Parker's thoughtful captions, like the one she posted back in May when her son graduated from high school. Alongside a similar photo taken from the back, the actress wrote, “Into the sunset of his High School career. Field day. The period at the end of a long sentence. And all the sunrises and sunsets in his future. It's a milestone. Not fully understood til it's on your doorstep. And til they cross the threshold into their next mostly mysterious chapter.”

We feel for you, SJP. (And we hope filming that Sex and the City reboot is a good distraction.)

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