Kimora Wolfe has wanted an iPhone ever since she was 9 years old, but her mom told her she had to wait until she was a teenager.
This month, after earning good grades at her middle school and always being respectful, her mom, Takoaya Wolfe, decided to relax the rules a little. Amid Kimora's other birthday presents at the family's Atlanta home was a box containing the 12-year-old's first iPhone, exactly a year early.
Takoaya Wolfe expected her daughter to be excited, but she had no idea just how emotional her reaction would be. In a video of the moment, Kimora sobs as she opens the box and sees what's inside. It was an emotional moment for Takoaya, too.
"That's all that I work for: making sure that I can provide for my kids, that me and my husband can provide for our kids," she told InsideEdition.com. "To get that type of reaction from them, that was the best feeling I've had in a while."
But she wants her daughter to know the shiny new phone comes with rules, too: no social media, keep up the good grades, finish her homework and make sure her chores are done around the house. It's all about balance, Takoaya said.
"When your kid is growing up, there's always going to be that time you have to be a little lenient and let go of some things you're always scared of," she added. "Basically, it's just putting more trust there and knowing you're raising your child to do the right thing."