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*If you’ve been following the NBA playoffs and the Golden State Warriors in particular, then you no doubt are familiar with the teams super star point guard Stephen Curry‘s practice of bring his 2-year-old daughter, Riley, to the podium with him to speak to the press.

And of course since Miss Riley is a toddler and exudes confidence and personality beyond belief, she has no problem acting like a 2-year-old with confidence and personality, if you get our drift. In post-game interviews, she can be seen wandering around the stage, hiding behind curtains, and singing Big Sean’s “Blessings.”

As you can imagine, there a some in the media and the public at large who just don’t get why the Currys allow little Riley to come to press briefing in the first place if she can’t just sit there and be quiet. In other words, they don’t think it’s “cute.” Did we tell you she’s a 2-year-old with a confident personality and that’s she’s not shy?

Well, in a TIME essay called, “How To Parent When Your Kid Goes Viral,” Riley’s pregnant mother, 26-year-old Ayesha Curry, discussed the situation and why she felt that her husband’s decision to allow their daughter to attend the press briefings with him was beautiful.

Check out this excerpt:

Last week, Riley joined her father in a press conference, and some thought she stole the show. I thought it was beautiful, and I wouldn’t change a thing. There can be more than 50 people and 10 cameras—not counting camera phones—in the room during press conferences, so it can be overwhelming. But my husband handled his duties on the podium with ease and class. And my daughter was who she is—vibrant, spunky, and full of life. I hope she carries this with her through adulthood.

Stephen attends practice every day, and gives his all during the games on an almost-nightly basis. When that’s over, all he wants is to see his family, and on the day of that press conference, our daughter wanted to be with her father. I thought it was beautiful for him not to push his daddy duties to the bottom of the list just because all eyes were on him. I believe you should let your children be children, and don’t be afraid to be a parent, regardless of who’s watching.

Family matters! Our children matter! At the end of the day, when all the lights dim, and the cameras are gone, we are still here as his biggest, loudest, and most supportive cheerleaders. We are also extremely proud that in spite of some criticism, Riley was able to share in that experience with her father and bring joy and laughter into the lives and homes of many all over the world.

You can read Ayesha Curry’s full essay at TIME.

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Ayesha, Riley & Stephen Curry