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.

Adam Chambers | Actor & Artistic Director

My baby girl is just 10 months old. So raising a baby now for four months in a quarantine is really unique. We have been able to be so present with her and really been able to focus on her and we are seeing how much she in thriving from all the focused attention. Read more>>

Wendy Jones | Founder, Writer, Speaker & Coach Training Optimism

Even with multiple new businesses, parenting is still my life’s greatest mission. As the mother of four, ages 20 to 13, I believe that the most important thing I have done for them is to ask the bigger questions about life that encourage them to build their own self-awareness. I have never seen them as my canvas to paint on or expected them to be anything different than what they show desire or talent to be. Parenting is an art, not a science. If it came with a manual, we may sleep a little better on certain nights, but we wouldn’t have the beautiful diversity that the next generation can give us if we let them. It doesn’t mean we don’t guide them and set rules and boundaries along the way that we have learned from our own experiences in life, but as far as needing them to be a certain type of student, or athlete, or make a specific college choice, that is not for me. Read more>>

Brian Felsen | Entrepreneur & Executive

The most important thing I’ve done is to meet my son where he is. It’s often said that children don’t learn from what you say, but from what you do. But children learn from both of these things. They listen to what you say – and then they go and do what they think will give them the greatest pleasure and cause them the least pain (and what they think they can get away with). And children certainly watch your actions – while deciding whether they even want to live a life like yours, and evaluating whether your words truly are congruent with your actions. More than any particular words and actions, the most important thing I’ve done is to monitor and modulate the words I use and the actions I take with my child – to meet him where he is. Read more>>

Imogen Distaso | Influencer & Freelance Creative

Books, books, books! Growing up I was quite the bookworm & I believe reading a great deal not only developed my speech and language skills, it also fuelled an active imagination which I have used over and over in my parenting and thoughout my career. It is the single most important thing a parent can do with their children, so I make sure to sit, and read aloud their favourite stories every day. Even when my daughter was a newborn we would include her in story time because babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. One thing I’ve learnt is to always let my toddler choose, even if it’s the same book every time. Read more>>

Oxana Kernan | Photographer, Hair Stylist, Make-up Artist & Floral Accessory Designer

Recently I wrote a letter to my son, so he knows how important he is to me: “My sweet Joseph, my treasure, my heart and soul… These precious moments of hugging and kissing you, playing and exploring, talking and laughing together will forever be in my memory. They will be with me through all of your growing up years and beyond. The life we have created for each other is priceless. My dream is to give you all I can and for you to grow up to be an amazing man, and when the time comes, I wish for you to make a difference in many people’s lives. I love you forever.” There are a few very important things I’ve been teaching my son. He is 10 years old. To Love Life: To love yourself within your life, to love what you do, what you learn, what you read, to learn to notice magnificent and extraordinary things around you. Read more>>

Tiffany Pitts | Student & Spiritual Activist

I’m from the Slauson area of Los Angeles, California. I am the owner and creator of RatchetBuddha Brand and mother of three elementary age daughters. My eldest Maliah is currently 13 years old and my twins Tatiana and Taylor are 10 years old. My eldest has been home schooled for the past 3 years, due to a move that positioned us in a middle school district that did not offer the tools of education I desired for my daughter. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic of March 2020, I unenrolled my twins from LAUSD and begin homeschool for them after the disappointment in the curriculum I assisted them with virtually from home. Currently the switch and sacrifice to homeschool for my children is the most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of impact on their lives. Read  more>>

Aly B. Covington | Health and Fitness Expert & Mindset Coach

The most important thing I have done as a parent in terms of the impact on my children is to download confidence and resilience in them. As parents, it is our job to teach our children how to manage stress and by letting them fail and be uncomfortable, they gain resilence and self-esteem. My intention is to prepare my children to believe in themselves and know wholeheartedly that they are capable of handling anything that life will bring them. Read more>>

Alicia Lagano | Owner

I am a stepmom to a teenage boy, Aaron. Aaron came out to my husband and I about 4 years ago. “ Dad I’m trans do you still love me?”. Hearing the words do you still love me was crippling for both my husband and I. So many thoughts went through my mind. How many kids out there suffer in silence in fear of being rejected by a loved one. We knew we had to face this head on and educate ourselves immediately. There was no way our kid was going to be in this alone, so It was our job as parents to make sure Aaron knew he was loved and accepted. I am far from perfect as a stepmom, but I loved Aaron for who he was, I love Aaron for who he is now and I love Aaron for the man he is becoming and that feels right. Read more>>

Kiara Hatcher | Fashion Stylist & Owner

I believe starting my own business is the most important thing I’ve done as a parent so far. My son is only two years old, but my drive and determination has become so much stronger since becoming a mom. Honestly, I don’t think I would have ever started my business if it weren’t for him. I now have this urge to want to reach my full potential, but in order to do that I have to work hard, take risks and discover what truly makes me happy. I feel those are all great traits to show my son. In the long run, having my own business allows me to create my own work-life balance that works best for us. Read more>>