Taneisha Wollaston-Taylor will tell you that her four-year-old son Amare is very outspoken and bold.
The youngster is no pushover, and is already making his mark in sports, having represented his school, Smurfs Early Childhood Centre, in the basic schools champs.
Amare enters K2 in September, and when the Baby Steps team visited him at home in St Andrew, he was his usual bundle of energy who moved from watching athletics on TV, to playing with his truck, to playing games on his tablet, all the while peppering his parents with questions.
"He's fascinated by sports," Wollaston-Taylor admitted.
Amare does track and field at school, and was one of those selected to represent his school the recent Basic Schools Athletics Championships, which seeks to discover and hone talent from early.
Now this track star wants to take on a new challenge — karate — which his mom is considering allowing.
But Amare isn't just the sports enthusiast, he is also heavily into computers, and a very attentive and caring boy.
Described by his teachers as very bold and very helpful, Amare is always willing to help the other children, especially those who have a hard time separating from their parents.
It's a character trait his mom says she hopes he doesn't grow out of.
"I want to see him respect the other gender," Wollaston-Taylor said. "We try to emphasise respect — to say please and good morning, to ask before taking; common courtesies."
Parenting Amare, an only child, is a joy Wollaston-Taylor said, although she admitted that the full-time job of parenting is never easy.
"Once you start having kids, some things you have to set aside," she said. "You have to find time to attend events, activities... you have to try to balance it out."
For now, she is focused on educating this "burger man", who doesn't like snacks like other kids, but is a serious foodie.
"We try to get him into the best institution we can afford... the best activities. A solid background makes a huge difference. As a parent everybody wants kids who can give back to society, not those who have nothing to offer."
Amare wants to be a doctor, and his mom hopes he continues to think along those lines.
"He's not influenced easily, he asks questions," Wollaston-Taylor said. "He has always been like that."
And so she has no fear that Amare will chart a path to adulthood that will make his parents proud, and benefit his country.
— Petulia Clarke