Parenting is an incredibly important responsibility and so we wanted to get a conversation going with input from parents in the community. We asked them: what is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent? We’ve highlighted some of the responses below.

Jennifer Wales | Professional Story Teller / Photographer

I just brought a beautiful soul earth side earlier this month. My first daughter (and second child) was born on 9/1/21 and has since reminded me how precious life is. It is such a wild time to bear children with Covid, politics, the housing market…etc. but my kids have brought me joy, reminded me what is most important and allowed me to refocus. My goal is to show my children the value of hard work as my parents taught me. Having entrepreneur parents who owned their medical business for over 38 years, I grew up knowing what it meant to work after hours, to never give up, be creative, be nimble and how to be your own boss. Read more>>

Jessie McLaughlin | Interior Decorator

I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the most important thing I’ve done for my kids is going to therapy myself. My only regret is not starting regular therapy sooner. It’s hard to be a human, and it’s almost impossible to assess what’s going on with yourself by yourself. There are patterns and ways of being that I was stuck in that were counterproductive. I feel more like myself than ever before. The more myself I am, the less I project my own BS onto my kids, and the more I can allow their journey to be their own. Read more>>

Asli Sonceley | Art & Psych

FIRST, DRINK WATER. It’s not so much about the impact that I’m having on my kids, but more about how becoming a mother impacted me. The one thing that I learned as soon as I became pregnant is putting my body first. All my life, I’ve always thought that success requires sacrifice, some sort of drainage of my bodily resources, giving so much of my flesh and bone into the work in order to achieve excellence. But I can see now that this is the exact mentality that is exhausting our Earth’s resources today. Being pregnant taught me: Look, sitting down, and doing the work, when you feel thirsty, get up and drink the water first. The work can wait. The work will turn out better in the end. This simple act of drinking water to me means self-care. It’s also a clear path to better family care, better community care, and better care for the Planet. I hope to sustain this level of care to be a good example for my kids. Read more>>

Janovia Glass | Owner & Creative Designer

I am a mother of 4. I’d have to say the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is to continually teach my children to put their faith first. To lean on Gods word when they have no one else to turn to. And just instilling in them the power of prayer. Read more>>