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.

Dr. Vallen Cordon | Educator & Master Permanent Cosmetics Artist

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent to impact my children is to unlearn some of the ways in which I was raised. This is not to say that I was not raised properly, as it is my belief that all well-intentioned parents do the best that they know how to; however, I was raised during a time where children were “seen and not heard”, but when I became a parent, I realized that this was not the best way to raise my children.  Read more>>

Kawania Wooten | Owner and Principal Consultant

When I was growing my business, I refused to feel guilty about working and running my business AND when I was spending time with my family, I refused to feel guilty about being a mom. Nothing good comes from guilt. Also, I allowed my son to be an active part of my business. When he was little, he would do little things like help stuff envelopes or alphabetize conference badges. As he grew older, he earned his allowance by being an active member of our event’s set-up team and tear down team. As a result, he has had a front seat view to the inner workings of a small businesses. Read more>>

Anthony Coussa | Owner: Dadbod Apparel

I have always been into fitness and staying healthy. Our brand, Dadbod Apparel, was founded on this mission. After having kids I still made time and made my health a priority. As my kids have gotten a little older (5 & 3) they notice the runs I go on, workouts I do and try to emulate that in their own way. I’ve caught my older son trying to do pushups and I see both my kids showing me how fast they are – running around the house. Read more>>