We asked some of the best parents we know to tell us about the most important thing they’ve done as parents and have shared their wisdom below.

Lisa Aihara | Artist

I’ve done a lot of self-discovery, self-awareness, and self-acceptance work that has made such a huge impact on the way that I speak to my son, recognize my own triggers, and work with my husband as a team in this mess we call parenting. I could not imagine navigating raising a little one (he’s about to turn two, so we all know how that’s going in our house) while I feel uncertain or insecure about myself, or call myself a partner to my husband if I’m not fairly assessing how my behavior and actions affect our relationship and ultimately the relationship we have as a family. Ain’t nobody got time for that when baby is up every 2 hours at night! I am really proud of the way that the two of us have taken on this challenge by first making sure we’re good, so that we can model that for our son, as well as agreeing to prioritize our relationship in order to provide security and stability for his home base. Read more>>

Chris Plourde | Conscious Performance Coach

I feel like as parents it is our job to be the example to our children. We are here to deepen or develop our emotional intelligence and own who we are so that our children can see how we handle life’s challenges. Loving our children is of course essential but allowing them to go through their own challenges so they can grow up to be successful, happy thriving men and women is a gift. Read more>>

Kristen King | Actress, Singer-Songwriter & Speaker

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent, that I would hope impact my children would be, that I continued to follow my dreams and pursue my goals despite how “hard” it is. We instill in our children what hard work is, exchange, the idea of money and how it gets produced by literally demo-ing it out with their stuffed animals and paper money. They are only 5 and 3 1/2 but they fully understand, and so will help us by doing their part as a team. My daughters have about 7 chores between them that we do like clockwork, every week. They get rewarded when they’ve put in a certain amount of chores in a month by going to a store where they get to pick whatever it is that they want (which are usually not that expensive, thank goodness). My husband and I also try to set a good example as humans in front of them so that being a grown-up is a good thing–which is something my daughters strive to be. Read more>>