Friday, June 27, 2014

My Extraordinary Sophia

A couple months ago, a friend of mine posted the following on Facebook:
"The youngest just made a card for her friend Sophia. She told me how Sophia stood up for her on the bus today when another person was being unkind. She then told me about all the ways that she likes Sophia: she is determined, energetic and wants me to be happy. We all need good friends."
Obviously, my mother heart grew a few sizes after reading that. Sophia hadn't told me about the incident on the bus, and when I asked her about it she didn't think it was any big deal. She said, "I just told him to be nice because he wouldn't like it very much if someone were saying those things to him." Then she shrugged it off like it was what any 7-year-old kid would do.

And let's talk about the qualities her friend noticed in her. Determined? Hoo-boy. I don't know that I've ever met a more determined child. From throwing tantrums at age 2 because I wouldn't let her cook her own eggs on the stove to just doing the things she wants to do without asking my approval (or in spite of my disapproval!), she has always given me a run for my money in the determination department. But that determination serves her really well, too, and she has done some awesome things because of it.

Energetic. Check. I can't keep up with her, but I love her energy and zest for life. And wanting others to be happy? That's perhaps one of Sophia's greatest qualities. She often uses all of that determination and energy to clean the house because she heard me say I was frustrated and tired. She is always looking for ways to make others happy and it makes me happy to watch her.

Determination, energy, and a love for others are just a few of the things that make Sophia extraordinary. But every kid is extraordinary, and what makes them extraordinary isn't just the epic stuff--it's the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see and celebrate every day. Like when Sophia picks flowers for me or writes me a note or makes me breakfast in bed (including eggs, which she is still determined to make on her own).

She's turning 8 years old next month, and so I made this little video for her via the Your Extraordinary Kid campaign at Stanford Children's Health, the largest Bay Area health provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women.

Check out this "You Are Extraordinary" Video

Your kids are extraordinary, too! Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own! 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I love your video.. You daughter is beautiful, and truly extraordinary!

  2. Aww! That is so sweet! She sounds like a wonderful kid! I'll have to make one (or three!) of those videos!

  3. Ali Anderson WilliamsFri Jun 27, 04:05:00 PM

    She's lovely Laura. It's wonderful how proud you are of her.

  4. Um... how exactly is she 8?