A couple of years ago when I was knee deep in Kiara’s toddler tantrums, I was convinced I had done irreparable damage to our relationship. Like her younger sister, she never slept, she stood her ground forcefully and loudly. It took us both a long time to recover from that but we did and now it is almost impossible to image her being that fiery little toddler.
She is now, without a doubt, the easiest of all four of the kids. I think she spent those early years fighting to carve out her place in the world, she knows exactly where it is now and is completely comfortable in who she is and the decisions she makes.
In so many ways I want to be just like her!
I love that she is absolutely comfortable in who she is. She has never been one to follow trends or crowds, she wears what she wants, how she wants and is not bothered at all what people think.
She has found what makes her heart sign and she focuses on that. She draws and she dances, all the time. It is what gives her energy.
I love that she listens to her body when it comes to what she eats. Some days she is all about pasta and then it’s green peppers and salad.
She hit the jackpot with her gorgeous curly hair.
I love that the approval of the crowd has never been important to her, in fact she creates the crowd the wants.
I love that event at 14, she is happy to still spend time with her younger siblings.
For the most part she is calm and unphased but when you upset her, you will know and I love that she gets so passionate about the things that are important to her.
Parenting is not always easy and as they get older there is a lot of doubt and wondering if you are doing the wrong thing. It is also the time you get a glimpse of the adults they will become. It is also, for me, without a doubt the best season of parenting.