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Tough Like Her Mom! Mariska Hargitay's 2-Year-Old Daughter Once Saved Her Brother From Bullies

Date November 14, 2018 17:37

Mariska Hargitay had to endure a very long and painful way to becoming a mother. The Law & Order star and her husband had their biological son August in 2007, but they desperately wanted a bigger family and decided to adopt.

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Although Mariska and Peter eventually welcomed little Amaya and Andrew in 2011, they had to face a devastating rejection one year earlier. After finding a perfect birth mother, the couple arrived to take their new baby home, but the mother changed her mind with them in the delivery room. Hargitay says they were absolutely heartbroken but didn't stop trying to find their babies.

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Today, they're a wonderful family of three, and Mariska's children never stop to surprise her.

Protective sister

When Hargitay's adopted kids were 2 years old each, they had their first experience with bullying, and TV's leading lady was pleasantly surprised with how her daughter dealt with the situation.

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In an interview with PEOPLE, Mariska started out by saying how much little Amaya impressed her with her spirit:

My daughter is the boss of me. She is so strong, her independence inspires me.

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Hargitay then recalled how her young daughter protected her little brother from a playmate that decided to bully the boy. Amaya saw Andrew being pushed and rushed to his defense:

Amaya went up to her and said ‘Stop it.’ She’s two years old and she goes, ‘Stop it. No!'

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At that moment, Mariska was incredibly proud of her daughter and knew she can sleep soundly knowing that her children will always be there for each other.

Teaching the right values

Amaya's incredible spirit is fully Mariska's own achievement. The famous actress believes that kindness is one of the most important virtues a person can possess, and revealed she's raised her son to have this quality:

I teach him what it means to be kind, such as sharing, helping his sister pick up toys, and letting her choose first what she wants to do. I continue to build on it so it becomes a child's mind-set to be considerate. 

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Great job, Mariska! We're confident her children are going to grow up to be incredible people.

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