Our community is made up of brilliant artists, creatives and entrepreneurs, but many of them are also dedicated parents and so we asked them an in port at question: If you are a parent, what do you think is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on your children?

Sheila Morovati | Founder & President crayoncollection.org habitsofwaste.org

Connecting with the world around us is what I believe has been the most impactful experience for my children. Through Crayon Collection we regularly escape the bubble of comfort that we live in and see the realities that many families in Los Angeles face. These realities are food insecurity, homelessness, lack of access to parents who hold two jobs, and of course kids without basic learning resources such as crayons. My children are able to practice deep gratitude for what they have in their lives and learn that giving back is essential as so many lives depend on organizations like Crayon Collection who can supplement the missing basics that can bring much comfort. My children are learning that giving back is a part of their regular lives and that it’s not just something we do around the holidays. We try to think of vulnerable children and their families regularly and waste less and give back more. Read more>>

Ashley McGuire | Aesthetician & Owner of Snatched Beauty Bar

Some days I find that being a parent and a business owner is so complex. I’m always wishing for more hours in a day to be able to juggle both. My oldest daughter has seen me through the entire process of starting my business. She was 4 when I signed up for aesthetics school. We spent that whole year constantly on the go. I was in school every day plus working almost every night. Whenever she asked questions about my crazy schedule I would assure her it would pay off down the line. Fast forward 4 years and we’ve almost hit the pay off stages. Both of my daughters were able to see me build Snatched Beauty Bar from the ground up. One night stands out to me from the early days of starting the business. My oldest daughter was 6 and my youngest was 10 months. The studio was an absolute construction zone. Everything was covered in sawdust, the walls had wet paint, the whole studio was in the middle of being renovated. Read more>>

Carmen Mardonez | Upcycling Textile Artist

One thing that I really care about is transmitting to my son a lot of confidence, helping him to develop his autonomy, and making him feel free to explore and to find by himself the things he enjoys the most. Sometimes this implies more work for me, because it requires dialogue and providing reasons instead of just giving orders, but I totally think it’s worth it. He is already very assertive in telling me what he wants, explaining when something upsets him, and demanding to be heard. We are also trying to let him explore his creative side, so sometimes he wants to play with my threads and we end up embroidering together, or he wants to make some music with his dad and they enjoy playing guitar together. We let him screw up if that’s what it takes to learn that he can explore and learn from his own errors, including knotted threads and broken strings. Since most of the time I embroider with my son around, I always tell him when I finish a piece where I’m submitting it, and share if I got into the show. Read more>>

Garrett Stafford | Real Estate Agent/partner at Ghost Motorsports

As a parent, I believe the most important thing my wife and I have done is providing exposure. My son lived overseas in his early years which exposed him to diversity and culture. Our children have had exposure too many different types of activities from sports to art, and expression through these forms. Having opportunities to DJ at live events, explore nature, creatures, and travel. Exposure to human connection through the opportunity to be an up stander, to help others with developmental delays, and too volunteer, helping those in need. Exposure to actual hard work without instant gratification and the steps it involves to realize a goal. Read more>>

Chrsity Carew | Composer for Film, TV, Media And The Concert World

One of the most important things I’ve done as a parent, in terms of the impact on my children, is fail. Over and over again. I want my children to be tough and resilient, and I want them to believe in themselves. I truly believe that they learn more from seeing me recover from my failures, than they do by seeing me celebrate my successes. After all, over the course of anyone’s life, you will fail FAR more than you will succeed. How do you keep going in pursuit of your dreams, of what’s right, when you keep getting dealt one disappointment after another? When you keep making mistakes, when it takes you a painfully long time to learn certain lessons? It takes a certain kind of mental fortitude that I am still trying to strengthen and develop. I’ve chosen a very competitive creative field, filled with insanely talented people, and it becomes more and more clear to me over the years that talent simply isn’t enough. My favorite movie, The Last Jedi, written by my favorite director, Rian Johnson, has the following quote from Yoda to Luke: “Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery, hmm… but weakness, folly, failure also. Yes: failure, most of all. Read more>>