Millions of parents across the world have been moved by the sentiments in this beautiful song. ‘Slow Down’ by Nichole Nordeman describes with dazzling accuracy the classic parental paradox: bursting with pride at your child’s first milestones and achievements great and small, whilst at the same time knowing with heart-aching certainty that one day, sooner than we think, they will learn to fly by themselves.

Parental advisory warning: this video will really get you deep down in the feels, so brace yourselves for tears a-plenty.