On January 5, 2011 at 3:15pm, Mia Bella Mojica was born at a women’s hospital in upstate New York. One of the first things she did was look up into her Papi’s eyes. Instant love.We were lucky he was there. 24 hours prior he had been at Camp Casey, the Northernmost camp on the South Korean border, Skyping with me. He was lucky even to have been granted a special leave for the occassion. “The hot flight ran out of room,” he told me. “Oh!” I said, “Just wait for the next one. My due date is still five days away. Please don’t waste money on a commercial flight!” But of course he didn’t listen to me, and of course he shouldn’t have. He bought the commercial flight, which was about $1,000, and flew to New York. When he got off the plane, my father picked him up at the airport because I was already in labor. They met us at the hospital, and about 12 hours later our first beautiful baby girl came into the world, wriggling and screaming and covered in poop.Mia Bella means “my beautiful” in Italian, and couldn’t be a more appropriate name for our little Capricorn sweetheart.I got completely spoiled having a Capricorn as my first child. I actually thought I was just naturally an amazing millennial parent. Ha. Ha ha. Capricorn kids make life easy. If you know anything about Capricorns, you probably know that they are practical, reasonable, decisive, generally serious, and end up in careers like accountant and financial planner, or manager, since their level-headedness makes them good leaders.
But how does this play out in the Capricorn child?#1: Capricorns are focused. What I’ve noticed about my daughter Mia, who is now 7, is that when she comes to a task, she is very focused on it. When I look at old pictures of her, I find countless where she has her brow knit and her eyes scrunched up, thinking hard about the assignment/craft in front of her. It’s a cute look for her.
#2: Capricorns love to learn. Mia LOVES to learn. Loves, loves, loves it. Before the last week of school this year, when I was tucking her in, she said to me, “Mommy, I’m sad. I only have 5 days left of school.” She whimpered a little bit. I promised her we would do crafts and activities to continue her learning in the Summer months. “Yay! Thank you Mommy!” Reassured, she drifted off to sleep.
#3: Capricorns are conscientious students. On the last day of first grade, I went into the classroom briefly to drop something off with Mia’s teacher, and she told me earnestly that it had been a great year. Then she gave Mia the ultimate compliment when she said, “I wish I had a room full of Mias.”
#4: Capricorns thrive in environments of structure and routine. For this reason, a traditional, public school system may be a good choice for a Capricorn child. We had done some homeschooling in the early years, and since Mia loves learning she did love it, but she begged to go to school, and 2 years later is still eager to go to school every single day.
#5 Capricorns are appropriate 99% of the time. They are certainly not serious all the time! There is a time and a place for everything. Although she may be naturally much more serious than her Gemini little sister, Mia knows when it’s appropriate to let loose and be a bit ridiculous.
#6: Capricorns are practical. It is very common that when Mia draws something, she has to label everything in the picture. Coloring inside the lines has always been important to her. We had a tough time explaining to her that that isn’t something she should be constantly chastising her little Gemini sister about, who by contrast tends to impatiently scribble in the spaces and move on to the next thing. Well, the little Gemini never takes her sister seriously anyway… but Mia takes even coloring seriously. She is always very proud of her work.#7: Capricorn are thoughtful and caring. They aren’t ones to be overly romantic, like a Pices, or overtly care taking, like a Cancer, but they bring a conscious, level-headed approach to their relationships with others.
#8: Capricorn kids are born grown-up. Ok, they still have some growing up to do, but in all fairness, Capricorn kids really are quite mature. They play, but their play is practical and purposeful. It might be centered around taking care of their little siblings, if they have them. This picture represents my daughters’ personalities perfectly. Little sister Gemini has always been happy to play the role of the “baby” or more frequently, the “kitten.” Mia is the mama cat. Mia always leads play.
While Gemini little sister is happy dumping out the whole box of legos and arbitrarily creating something never before seen on Earth, big sister Capricorn would much rather follow the booklet, and build something real from the schematics. Things are fun, and cool, when they make sense.
Mia likes to dress up, but not nearly as much as her little sister, who can be found in dress up clothes at any given moment of the day, and will often try to go to bed in them. Mia reasonably understands that going to bed in a tutu might be a little bit scratchy. So she’ll put her pajamas on.#9: Capricorn kids don’t love confrontation, but they will engage in it if the subject is important to them to resolve. Mia and Lizzie do break out in a screaming match a few times per week, but it isn’t every day. It has to be something worth fighting for. Naturally, I don’t have any photos of them fighting, but it might sound something like this. #10: Capricorn kids are usually pretty calm. They don’t thrive in environments with a lot of chaos.
#11: Capricorns can be stubborn, just like their totem animal, the sea-goat. When they believe something ought to be done a certain way, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’re going to stand their ground, until you give them a good reason not to. I believe this makes them good listeners. As long as you tell a Capricorn child WHY they must do something, they will happily do it. They just need to understand.
Capricorn kids are reliable, responsible, thoughtful, sweet, and stubborn! You are a lucky mama or papa if you have a Capricorn kiddo in your life.
Let me know what you think in the comments! I would love to hear more stories about Capricorn kids.