What's it like to raise a daughter like Hoda?

Aug. 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM ET

How does one raise a child like TODAY's fourth-hour host Hoda Kotb? In honor of Hoda's birthday, we spoke to her mother Sami Kotb, who says her "Hodi" had a tenacious spirit since she was a little girl. But even the determined Hoda had a few bumps along the way, including struggling with the college admissions process, which Sami had to encourage her through."She knew what she wants from childhood," Sami said of her now-famous middle child. "She persisted and she got it."Watch the video: