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.

Isaac Rau | Digital Marketing CEO

Sometimes I need to be their friend, sometimes I need to be their mentor, and sometimes I need to be their father. Knowing when to wear which hat around my three children, including twins. Facilitating their interaction with other children so they feel most at home amongst groups of people. Trying my best to build and develop their social skills and emotional development. Learning common sense and etiquette through social contact will help them be accepted in many different social groups. Teaching them to understand other cultures and accepting people based on the merits of their actions. This gives them the tools to determine who they wish to share the fixed moments of their life with. Read more>>

Crystal Chatman | Founder and CEO of Beautiful Spirited Women

As a parent, the most important thing I’ve done in terms of the impact on my children is I NEVER GAVE UP. No matter how many bumps in the road I came to, I never gave up. No matter what obstacles I had to face, I never gave up. No matter how many nights I had to not eat to make sure my kids were full, I never gave up. No matter how many miles away from home I had to travel to work, I never gave up. Giving up was never an option for me. It was my choice to have my children therefore it was my obligation to keep moving for them. Life hasn’t always been easy, but at the end of the day I can proudly say, I MADE IT. Read more>>

Christine Faressa | Autism Mom & Founder: Sun, Moon & Stars, Inc.

We did not fully understand what Autism entailed when Domenic was first diagnosed at age three, but we did know that these children were bullied and had a very hard time socially making friends. I quickly became an advocate for him and worked tirelessly to build a community around Domenic. From its infancy as a judgement-free Supper Club where families with children on the autism spectrum could meet and have dinner to fun events and activities … Sun, Moon & Stars was created out of this need to create a community for Autism Families. Read more>>

Dannie De Novo | Happiness Coach & Author

From most people’s perspective, I had a good life, but inside I knew better. It was the end of a long, hard day, and I was mindlessly stirring a pot on the stove lamenting my life. My eight-month-old sat on the floor of the kitchen with her play bowls and spoons desperately trying to get mom’s attention. She managed to do so when she picked up one bowl and spoon and began mimicking my movements. She looked up at me with her big brown eyes as if to say, “Look! I’m just like Mommy!” Read more>>

Kellee Halford | Creative Coach, Planning Facilitator, Artist Advocate

I happen to be the mother of two adolescents, an 18 year old boy and 16 year old girl they are both cis-gender. I think the most impactful thing I’ve done as a parent has been to provide exposure to diverse experiences and context. As a creative and as a human being with any level of social consciousness, I believe it is necessary to ensure that I maintain an awareness that the abundance of people in the world lead to an abundance of experiences and contexts from which to draw information and learn new/different ways of being and doing. I believe that maintaining this awareness helps to foster compassion and empathy and it allows one to freely enjoy the power of creativity and diversity. Read more>>