Our community is comprised of entrepreneurs and artists and creatives – folks who have chosen incredibly difficult professional paths that often don’t offer any safety nets or guarantees. Nonetheless, we regularly hear that being a parent is a far greater challenge and so we asked some of these folks to open up to us about the things they’ve done as parents that they feel will have a meaningful and positive impact on their child.

Sabrina Rollo | Reiki Practitioner, Breathwork Facilitator + Yoga instructor

As a parent, one of the most important things I’ve done that’s had a huge impact on my children is to take guilt-free time for myself, regularly. Most days its as simple as waking up before everyone to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and the silence of the morning. Other days its a late night creative session or a daytime workshop. Some days its just a shower. When I set aside time to tend to my own needs and wants, I’m a better person and we’re all a lot happier. I have found that when I fill up my tank consistently, instead of draining it, I’m more compassionate and understanding, I have more patience for the “little things” and I’m much less reactive and resentful. Its a win-win for everyone. Read more>>

Lauren Thomas | Mother and Entrepreneur

As a parent, I know my children are watching every move I make. They watch me, idea after idea, and the process of every step. I put a lot of importance on having control over your own mind and the powers that lie within yourself. I teach them that there is a power in each of us that holds the key to all of our biggest dreams. If they will just dare to find that inner voice that will guide them every step of the way they will unlock the doors to paradise. I also teach them that the inner voice will also guide them to what paradise truly is. And it’s not having all the money in the world, the fastest cars, or the nicest clothes. Although they can have those nice things, that’s not all there is to life. To wake up every day with purpose, knowing that you have the blueprint to achieve all of your goals, dreams, and are happy doing it… that is paradise. Knowing that failures are just temporary setbacks and lessons to be learned, not the end all be all. My kids look at me, after I’ve run around like a chicken with my head cut off for weeks, launching a product ready to go to the bank. Read more>>

Inci Jones | Artist, Writer, Co-host of Thought Row Podcast

The greatest pleasure a mother could ever have is being a caring and thoughtful parent that remembers the positive and the negative of one’s own childhood. My daughter was a blessing to me from the very day I found out I was pregnant. Then when she arrived, it changed my whole world, and I must say greatly for the better. She is now an adult and I often reflect back on all the various changes that took place between her and I as she went through her childhood, pre-teen and teen years. Early on I discovered she had knack for creative thinking and making all the elements coalesce. I have always been artistically aware and have lived the life of a creative person, not only painting but writing. I have a niece who has a couple of children, one is very creative and the other has virtually no interest (at this time). I know we can’t choose the kind of personality we want our children to have. But if you’re lucky enough to have a child that is creative, starting with the earliest of crafts all the way to writing, drawing and painting. Read more>>

Angélique Cinélu | Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter aka Cinélu

I am a mother to an amazing 3yo little girl. I spent much of the earliest parts of her 3 years in awe – I am still in awe of her. I am in awe of her bravery, her smarts, comedic timing, facility for languages, rhyming and her musical ear and more than I could type. To the point, like all parents, I would just gush about her and these attributes. It wasn’t until my aunt stopped me one day and said, ‘well she’s just like you. you were exactly the same’, that it hit me. I had transferred and imprinted onto my child, but to the extent that I hadn’t left anything for myself. I thought that was a disservice to both she and I. So I made a decision to honor me and through that I honor her. I can support her more if I support myself. I can celebrate those wonderful things even more if I celebrate those things in me first. I think my change in thought has elevated me as a person and as a parent. I allow my daughter to be my mirror, an untarnished view of myself, and intern the love quotient has gone up to heights I didn’t think possible. Read more>>

Laura Black | Curator and Educator

Motherhood brought with it a greater sense of purpose and clarity. I had seen myself follow virulent familial patterns, and I knew that I did not want the same for my daughter. Once she was in my life, I felt obliged to reevaluate my relationships with others and the world and take action to devise a meaningful path for us. I returned to college and completed my BA and MFA degrees while also carving out space in the SoCal art scene for my curatorial practice. I developed friendships with many brilliant women within the academic and art communities who have become mentors and honorary-aunties to my daughter. Ten years later, I have a child who values education, the arts, and is overall a fantastic human. Read more>>

Stephanie Moran Reed | Certified Activity Director | Indie-Bookstore Owner

My daughter is currently 19 months old. As a mompreneur, she is now my primary source of inspiration and motivation to succeed. Everyday I think about the example I’m setting for her as a successful Latina entrepreneur who’s created mission-driven businesses. I want to show her that, as a female and as an Afro-Latina, she does not have to become part of the dismal statistics that so often plague female, women of color in the work force. I hope everyday that by seeing how determined and hard-working her mother is, that she too could become a successful entrepreneur and not feel like it is an insurmountable or unattainable task. Read more>>

Kevin Seldon | Creator + Host, DAD I’D LIKE TO FRIEND (The DILF Podcast)

For me, the most important thing I’ve done thus far as a parent, in terms of impact on my son, is working to connect with other parents to build a support network that has my back as a father. I’ve wanted to be a dad for as long as I can remember, but when my time finally arrived, there were very few resources available to me as an expectant dad. And when the baby finally came, I felt like I was starting at a disadvantage – still healing from the PTSD of five years struggling to get pregnant and our strenuous high-risk pregnancy… plus, the lack of an instant bond my wife seemed to have with our son. I believe building a support network of both dads and moms is crucial – people who are going through the same ups and downs; a tribe to vent to, to laugh with, to learn from, to help out when I need an hour to myself (especially during quarantine). Read more>>

Yasmine Idriss Tannir | Culinary Explorer and Designer.

As a parent, I feel immense pressure on being a role model, someone the kids can look up to and aspire to be one day. That is not always easy! Every single day brings me a new lesson, a new experience.. I am still learning about how to be the best and most content version of myself. If at this stage of our lives there was one thing that I can say I have helped my kids grasp, it would be to the importance of the real versus the virtual. As I work a lot on Instagram, and they help me with filming and witness the behind the scenes, they have understood that what we see on social media is only a snippet and not the full picture. For me, that means a huge deal! The younger generations are subjected to cyber bullying and are also developing confidence issues and low self-esteem due to the constant comparing on social media. I am happy that my kids have a better understanding of the virtual world, of how real it is and how fake it can be. Read more>>