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.

Paola Saavedra | Creator of Rad Mummy

Being a new parent is like driving without a license. No book can tell you exactly how to do things or how to be. I will be the first to say I didn’t have it all together. No big plan, no play by play. I just knew I was ready for this next chapter in our lives. The most important thing I’ve done this far has been to keep fighting and loving hard. We’ve been hit with some challenging situations lately and If there’s one thing it taught me is, you cannot give up until you get the answers you want. Read more>>

Aaron Castillo | Screenwriter and Director

I have many titles: son, friend, brother, director, but my title is Nino. Nino means Godfather in Spanish. I am a godparent to my godchildren, Michael and Alyssa.
Those two are my entire heart beating outside of my chest. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them and I try to teach them everything I know to help their lives. If I had to pick the most important thing I have done as a godparent to impact their lives I think it would be showing them how to chase their dreams. Besides encouraging them to chase theirs, I am showing them because I am chasing mine. I am open about my dreams and my struggles on my path in hopes to show them that even when their path has obstacles in they don’t give up. I believe in leading my example. I pray daily that I am doing a great job at it. Read more>>

Dr. Saumya Dave | Psychiatrist & Author

As a parent of a two year old son, the most important thing I’ve learned so far is how to consistently encourage self-compassion and acceptance. Whether my son is tired, hungry, restless, etc. I want him to know it’s okay for him to feel the way he does and that we will be here for him through that. In addition, I used to think motherhood meant constant self-sacrifice and pushing myself to the brink of burnout. But what I’ve learned is that when I’m well-rested and have taken care of myself, I’m able to be more present and engaged with my family. Read more>>