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Loose Women star Saira Khan shares poignant photo of her children

The panellist is a proud mum to Zach and Amara

Gemma Strong

Saira Khan took to Instagram on Thursday to share a touching snapshot of her two children ahead of their return to school. The Loose Women star posted a photo showing Zach, 12, and Amara, nine, smartly dressed in their uniforms on the driveway of the family home.

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"And off they go," Saira, 50, wrote. "I take a photo of them both in their uniforms every year on the first day back at school.

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"This school year is definitely a special one - but under the mask, they are smiling, happy and excited to be back where they belong, at school, learning, developing their young minds and being with their friends."

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Saira Khan shared a photo on her children's first day back at school

Reflecting on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Saira continued: "I will never take for granted again, the school day morning routine. In my house, the alarms go off, I shout 'breakfast is ready', they both stagger into the kitchen, rubbing their eyes, and sleepily shove toast and marmite into their mouth.

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"Another shout, 'Hurry up, you’ve got 20 mins to get ready or you're going to miss the bus'. Teeth are brushed, faces cleaned, hair brushed, uniforms worn.

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The Loose Women star shares Zach and Amara with husband Steve Hyde

"I wait downstairs by the front door, to do a final check, ears, nose, Sniff breath, clean shoes, a final spray of cologne to both ( to respect their teachers, a nice smelling kid is what I would like in a classroom if I was a teacher!).

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"My final dialogue, 'Have you got your PE kit? Bus pass? Snack?' And now, 'Have you got a spare mask?' Their response always a long drawn out 'Yessssssssssss,' their eyes rolling at my every question.

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The couple adopted Amara when she was four days old from a Pakistani orphanage

"A kiss on the forehead, a hug, I wave them off, shouting 'I love you, I love you, have a nice day, be good, make sure your phone is charged.' Today I closed the door, made myself a cuppa and sat in silence and felt calm.

"To go through that normal routine, felt good and I felt that the world order had been restored, and long may it continue. This is how it's supposed to be."

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